Please follow the instructions for manually activating the software, as outlined in our webshop.
For LevelNorm, LevelView and LevelViewS please run the BeatRig License Manager of the webshop on your old computer and select 'de-activate'. Next, run the BeatRig License Manager on your new computer and use 'Activate' to install a copy of the program.
For LevelOne you can select 'Deauthorize license' in the 'Help' menu and follow the instructions.
The target level for EBU R128 is -23 LUFS, which is quite low in comparison to old style 'cranked up' broadcast mixes. There is no problem with that, during broadcast your mix will sound equally loud as other mixes. If you like to take advantage of the new standard, apply less limiting and compression and use a real time meter like LevelView to help you getting the right balance. As a rule of thumb: peek at the large integrated loudness number once in a while to keep it around '-23 LUFS' and make sure that normal dialog drives the rainbow meter around 0 LU. Don't be afraid if the meter is temporarily high or low on your full mix. When you're done, correct the master volume of the mix to make the meter match -23 LUFS exactly or use LevelNorm to do that automatically.
Media Composer 5.53 or higher.
It means that some peaks in your audio are so high, the average loudness can not be raised till -23 LUFS. You should manually or with the aid of a limiter lower the highest peaks and run LevelNorm again. Mark that these peaks are often very short, they usually do not have any meaning for the perception of your program so you can safely remove them.
We advice to use the 32 RTAS version in PT 10 to ensure the correct initialization of the plugin for each file that is measured. This is due to implementation differences between AAX 32 and AAX 64 bit in PT 10 and PT11.
No, and we strongly advice against that. DSD (1 bit audio) as a file format should only be used in case no processing has been appllied after conversion with a 1 bit ADC like our AD1. In the vast majority of cases, audio is edited or mixed in the digital domain, which automatically renders the file to multibit. To avoid further losses, the audio should then stay multibit. This means the preferred file format for distribution is PCM. The DAC in your playback device will convert the PCM stream to its own internal format (which can be 1 bit, 1.5 bit, 5 bit, or even 20 bit). Adding an intermediate DSD step will cause loss of sound quality.
The LS1 uses DSP for the crossover network between tweeter and woofer and between woofer and subwoofer. We selected Linkwitz-Riley crossovers for this, that possess a linear amplitude response when their high and low outputs are added. Their phase response however follows an all-pass filter curve, in other words: not linear. DSP offers the opportunity to apply an inverse all-pass filter so we were able to obtain a linear phase response. To build an inverse all-pass filter one needs to be able to 'look into the future' and we solve that by adding some delay. For the subwoofer-woofer crossover this is app. 40 ms. For circumstances where this latency is too high (for instance when musicians use the LS1 as a monitor in the control room), the phase compensation and its latency can be turned off.
No it can't. The fundamental reason is that in a digital loudspeaker system like the LS1 (or Meridian's own loudspeakers...), processing for the crossover etc takes place before the DAC. That makes MQA hardware decoding (with DAC filter correction) impossible, since the MQA stream will be altered before arriving at the DACs. It is only a very small penalty in sound quality to decode the MQA stream in software (as Tidal can do), so please do not bother too much.
The manufacturer of our interfacing chip unfortunately has not yet released a native Windows 8 driver. Please use the following workaround: Go to the folder where you saved the software installer. Right click on the installer, select "Properties", click the "Compatibility" tab, check "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" and then select Windows 7 from the dropdown list. You are now ready to start the installation.
This is a well known problem for Logic users that have a midi controller hooked up to their computer. Logic Pro help gave the solution: "In the Environment window, open the "Click and Ports" layer, and on the Physical Input object, cable the device of your choice to a dummy object, such as a Monitor that is not plugged into anything."