How do I found my ideal house curve ?

The whole procedure gives a calculation of the so-called “house curve”. It is based on the recording itself (ie the calculated frequency dependant reverberation time) but also on parameters you entered in the form : room volume, distance, directivities. Note that if you choose SMPTE, AES or B&K curves, those will directly be used as targets and no calculation adapted to your own setup (in this case, LF and timbre target won’t be used)

To suit your needs, you can choose “Auto music” and adjust the target with Timbre target and LF target :

  • LF target choice between 100 to 806
  • Timbre target bright/balanced/warm

Those choices you can set on the Upload recording form. The timbre target slopes are not fixed but depend on your measurement. If you know that your loudspeakers are quite neutral from a high quality manufacturer, and you are quite happy with the overall soud balance, we would suggest to choose the target that is the nearest to your measured curve, ie here the “balanced” one.

An information about the target slopes : with standard loudspeakers (dome in high frequency and closed or bass-reflex box in lows) and in a mid size room, at a distance of about 3m, the bright timbre target is nearly -1.05dB/oct, the balanced is -1.4dB/oct and the warm is -1.75dB/oct. The Harman slope (see Olive in AES papers) is also about -1.75dB/oct with a prefered LF target similar to LFtarget = 205 (AES convention paper 8994). The new Dolby Atmos Music target from 2021 is near -1.5dB/oct above 1.6kHz with LF target = 304.

Another way to have an idea about the target slope, you can use target curve calculator.

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