Originally Posted by Dutch-boy
thanks for taking time to reply."
"If I were you, I would just put the miniDSP into the chain, all filters bypassed, run your ARC room calibration..
Then you're setup to start enjoying BEQ movies and everything will likely be 95% where you need to be. That's all I did at first,
everything in the BEQ setup guide I learned on my own and added new steps on-the-fly as I learned them over the year."
by this you mean, just run one cable from sub out of anthem into IN1 on MiniDSP and a cable from out 1,2,3 to subs 1,2,3?
I just plug the the dsp into the wall and into my mac with usb and make sure everything is set to "off" or "bypassed"?
95% is gonna be so YUUUUGE for me.
If your Anthem doesn't have dual independent sub outs,
Then yes, run ARC with them all running together for now.
(Dual Sub outs would allow you to separate Front/Rear subs, if subs are not equal distance from MLP)
Output 2 in the mini HD-1 software will need a x-over
adjustment as the setup guide shows, 1 and 3 are already setup fine for subs.
As most here will attest to, Running all subs together for room correction is okay, since that's how they interact with each other and your room anyway,
So as a basic first setup you'll probably be happy, and having individual EQ and delays set for distance/timing not too important. (REW can help with that later)
(That's why I say leave REW out of the process for now) Remember....One Bite at a Time! or you might choke on that elephant.
Start with the basics to get your feet wet with the miniDSP, enjoy a few movies, read a little more.
Explore the miniDSP screens and get familiar with the software. Learn how it works even before using the Repo.
I learned to enter settings manually first, and continued to do it the "hard way" for ~6 months, just follow the setup guide.
It's stupid simple when all the screens are right in front of you and you follow the steps one at a time.
To set an unused EQ slot to BYPASSED, just click the coloured tab that isn't going to being used, then hit the BYPASS button, (far right)
and it will grey-out that tab. Repeat that process for the rest of the unused EQ slots.
For example, if a BEQ uses just 4 of the 10 available EQ slots,
This is what the screen will look like after adding the 4 EQ filters and BYPASSING the rest.
If you Grey out all 10 filters, you don't even need to "0" any of the values for Frequency, Gain, Q or filter type, The BYPASS
disables all those
This is what I'm referring to when I say go to your INPUT channel 1, select the PEQ tab, Grey out all those boxes to bypass everything,
Repeat that same procedure for the 3 OUTPUT channels you will be using, The miniDSP will now be in pass-through mode,
So ARC room calibration can set your Sub output levels and delays (by averaging them together). It's not 100% perfect, but it should be close enough.
If you have an SPL meter, you can make individual gain adjustments by playing a test tone to each sub individually to gain match them before running ARC.
This will require unplugging the other two subs while a single is measured, repeat for all three subs.
Alternatively, you can keep the jacks plugged into the miniDSP, and just hit the mute button on the other two subs, repeat for all three.
This is the screen to open (shows the 4 output channels) ignore the red arrows,
just indicating to you where the MUTE buttons are located for each of the 4 sub outs.
The Mute button turns from Blue to RED when it is muted...
From there play some movies with BEQ, for a fun experiment you can keep your Config 1 as your BEQ preset,
Then like I mentioned above, perform a BYPASS to Config 2, Grey out everything, input and output.
(You must make the same x-over adjustments for Config 2, Output channel 2 that you did previously for Config 1)
Go back to Config 1 where you have your movie BEQ loaded, now at any point in the movie without hitting pause,
Swap back to your BYPASSED Config 2 and wonder where your Bass went, click back to Config 1 and you got your A/B comparison.
I, like many others here, eventually decided to load up a favorite Bass scene,
and watch the whole chapter with and without BEQ back to back.
That's usually when the AH-HA! moment hits for most first time users,
and you quickly realize the real value of that little black box for $200.
After the first week, you'll wonder what you were so worried about.
Low Shelf filters are stupid simple, it's just a few numbers in a program that changes the curve of the movie.
Eventually, you'll feel the same about running a REW sweep,
Same goes for adding a house curve on your Output channels ,
It can really be just as simple as a Single LS filter, 25Hz, 5.0 Gain and a Q of 4.0
Just keep your MV levels in check when experimenting.
After a week or two might be a good time to start reading up on REW and the setup PDF,
Ask questions in the REW thread about getting a read on your room as it relates to your subs if/when you get stuck,
There may be no need for further EQ at all, if you do have some peaks to tame REW can help with that.
If you find your MLP sitting in a Null, REW will show a dip at a certain frequency range
This will likely require moving a sub(s) position several times, EQ filter changes should be avoided when trying to eliminate a null.