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Interface between Dirac Live and MiniDSP software/DDRC-24? 7 months 3 weeks ago #64202

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Hello! I'm very new to this and was hoping someone might be able to help me...I have got the DDRC-24 up and running and run the Dirac Live calibration, measurements, etc.  In the Dirac Software at the Filter Export step, I have 4 different filters based on different target curves...At this point, do I need to do something to get them onto the DDRC-24?  When I click through the outputs on the DDRC-24 it doesnt seem like they change at all...

Also if someone can just confirm that my signal chain makes sense? I plan on streaming through a sonos connect which I have connected by toslink to the DDRC-24.  I then have 2 outputs connnected to an analog (CD slot) in my integrated amp (Yamaha A-S801) and a third output connected directly to a powered sub. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or need more information from me and thanks in advance for your help!

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Interface between Dirac Live and MiniDSP software/DDRC-24? 7 months 3 weeks ago #64203

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Hello! I'm very new to this and was hoping someone might be able to help me...I have got the DDRC-24 up and running and run the Dirac Live calibration, measurements, etc.  In the Dirac Software at the Filter Export step, I have 4 different filters based on different target curves...At this point, do I need to do something to get them onto the DDRC-24?  When I click through the outputs on the DDRC-24 it doesnt seem like they change at all...

Also if someone can just confirm that my signal chain makes sense? I plan on streaming through a sonos connect which I have connected by toslink to the DDRC-24.  I then have 2 outputs connnected to an analog (CD slot) in my integrated amp (Yamaha A-S801) and a third output connected directly to a powered sub. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or need more information from me and thanks in advance for your help!

You need to export the filters from Dirac Live to a particular preset on you miniDSP but it sounds like you've done this. You can't see these filters anywhere in the DDRC-24 plugin though. All you would be able to see there is input gain and delay adjustments if you've chosen to apply these in DL (the default is that they are). The obvious way to tell if a DL filter is doing its thing is to see if you can hear a difference from turning DL on vs off?

Re. your signal path, is your subwoofer connected to an output on your miniDSP? If it is then the issue is that the volume control on you amp won't change the signal level to the sub. To use the miniDSP in this way you'd want to always keep you amp volume at exactly the same level, do all your calibration measurements in this condition, and they make volume adjustments using the miniDSP. The alternative is that you connect the sub to the sub out on your amp but then you'd lose the crossover filter and time delay benefits of your miniDSP for subwoofer integration. If you only have the single source connected to your amp then the real answer is to sell the amp and replace it with a power amp. 
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Interface between Dirac Live and MiniDSP software/DDRC-24? 7 months 3 weeks ago #64208

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Thank you so much for taking the time to respond!
What you're saying about the output to the subwoofer makes perfect sense, now that you've mentioned it...For the time being, I'm going to just plug the subwoofer into the amp and only get the benefits of dirac for the speakers, I guess...

I can see that the Dirac is turned on and off, but the difference in sound is barely audible if anything at all--I think I might try to recalibrate with the sub plugged into the amp, and see if that makes a difference though.

One new question, if you dont mind...I can get music to play through my computer when its plugged into DDRC through a usb, but when I unplug it and try to stream from my phone through the sonos connect I dont get any sound...(Again connecting the sonos to the DDRC through toslink and then into the analog inputs in the amp).  Any thoughts on why that would be the case?   

Thank you again for all of your knowledge and patience!

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Interface between Dirac Live and MiniDSP software/DDRC-24? 7 months 3 weeks ago #64218

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On your final question, have you selected the analogue input on your miniDSP? My guess if you haven't and it is still on the USB input.

If you have you sub connected to your amp you will still get the benefit of Dirac Live (DL) for it. What DL 'sees', or 'hears' in use a left 'speaker' and a right 'speaker'. It doesn't know if each 'speaker' may actually be the combination of output from a full range speaker plus a subwoofer or not. Prior to running DL you want integrate your subwoofer as best you can with your main speakers and it is in the regard that you are worse off. The miniDSP has functionality to apply crossover filters and time delays to help optimise this but you won't be able to use these. You should still do what you can to integrate the sub in terms of whatever adjustments it has on it for phase/delay, as well as setting it's gain (volume). Err slightly on the higher rather than lower side as you will be running DL afterwards.
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