Originally Posted by audioguy
I actually have 3 active presets: Movies, Music (2 channel/surround) and Blu Ray Music Concerts. Apparently those that mix the concerts have no rules for mixing these things and the bass is usually recorded very HOT on many of them.
The problem with having all of these options is keeping it "spouse friendly". I need to add these options to my Control4 menus so that my wife can have access to them.
As Adam noted, when calibrating a room with multiple rows, that must be taken into consideration. I do have one interesting observation: I have maybe calibrated 8 or 9 rooms recently and all but one only had 1 row, but those theaters I see displayed on AVS all seem to have multiple rows.
I have five presets I actively use:
1) Main 13.4.6 movies preset with my standard target curve (essentially a Harman, with some adjustment for natural speaker rolloff in the high frequencies)
2) 7.1.4 movies preset for crappy Atmos mixes, where I turn off the top middles and have side surrounds copied at a low level into the wides
3) 13.4.6 "Springsteen" music curve - where I did some refinement to even out the honkiness of his vocals
4) 13.4.6 "Shakira" music curve - ditto but tweaked to make her vocals most pleasing
5) 11.4.6 movies preset where Lc/Rc are turned off - used at times for DTS:X Pro's Neural:X upmix
There's also a 11.4.6 curve that Curt Hoyt set up for me back in 2017 to work best with Auro and DSU upmix, based on his ear, before I had Lc/Rc. And I have various BEQ filters I pull into my more movie presets. And I have a variant on #1
that I use when I want to play with some of the Advanced Optimizer settings and want to do an A/B for my intellectual curiosity.
Other presets are more standard ones I have for testing purposes, such as a 3.1 (L/C/R and subs) for getting mic positioning optimized before running more extensive calibrations, and a two channel one that I haven't used in about a year but was "full range" (no subs) for comparative listening.
I haven't gotten around to using this yet, but there's a three CD set I picked up at a used music store that emphasizes vocals, which I might use for tweaking purposes.
From the Amazon.fr listing, translated by Google from French:
"All the variations, intonations, vibrations, quarter-tones, sensations and other scansions that men and women can sing, whisper, phrase ... It's a real world tour of the different paths that the voice can take. Calls, shouts and clamors; voice and breath; spoken, declaimed, sung; colors and stamps; play on harmonics; bumblebee and ostinato ... In a group or alone, of traditional essence or religious repertoire, music is in many cases here directly connected with the environment, whether it is to heal in Madagascar or to rock in Mali. The time of three discs which take the form of an initiation rite. --Jacques Denis"