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Note: This page will be updated in the future when new information becomes available. Last update 22.12.2018

Dirac Live 2.1

After a lengthy development process and missed launch in Q1 2018, Dirac Live 2.1 has finally been released on 23.11.2018. It features a completely new user interface while no major new features – like simplified test signal/mic level setting, automated crossover selection or crossover splice optimization – have been added. Some major bugs from version 1 still exist in version 2, e.g. wrong speaker distance detection of upward firing Dolby enabled speakers. Some new bugs have been introduced.

Dirac Live is first and foremost a tool for automated room correction, so user experience and user interface should be paramount. Unfortunately Dirac Research chose to prioritize cross-platform support and looks over functionality. While beauty certainly lies in the eye of the beholder, a software user interface also has objective functional aspects. Here Dirac Live 2 shows a strange tendency to favor decorative/less important elements while functional elements are non-native, dimmed down, hidden, unreadable or even missing. As a result some tasks are actually harder to accomplish than in version 1. Some features have even been crippled (e.g. test signal/mic gain adjustment) which makes Dirac Live 2 less useful to the user. Problematic areas in the desktop version are highlighted in the screenshots below.

Version 2.1.1 has been released on 10.12.2018 which provides usability improvements and bug fixes but generally all of the above still applies.

Version 2.1.2 has been released on 21.12.2018 which provides usability improvements and bug fixes but generally all of the above still applies.

Version 2.2.0 has been released on 26.02.2019 which finally provides a way of getting test signal and mic input level right.

Good news is that Dirac Live 2.1 is available as a free upgrade to existing users. See https://live.dirac.com/download/

Target Curves for Dirac Live 2.1

Dirac Live's default target curves are known to sound bass-shy. Here's a choice of target curves based on Harman research. These target curves can be directly loaded from within Dirac Live 2.1. They differ in the amount of bass boost. Use the very same target curve for all your speakers including the subwoofer. Do NOT use different target curves amongst speakers. Adjust high frequency fall-off according to your speaker's in-room response.

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