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How to use the ARC2 Speaker Correction VST to playback System Audio Via Voicemeeter Inserts Using Cantabile Lite as the VST Host

Full Checklist Below!

ARC 2 Speaker/Room Correction Software optimizes your listening environment. IK Multimedia recommends listening to everything you can using the correction so you get used to the sound of corrected speakers with properly mixed music and video sources, so you become accustomed to how those mixes sound in that optimized environment.

We use Voicemeeter as the default playback device in Windows, and its inserts to send out to and back from Cantabile Lite as a host to the ARC2 VST plugin.

Voicemeeter sends out the insert pre-fader to the host application which runs the audio through its effects and sends it back to Voicemeeter also pre-fader. The fader then adjusts the results.

Both Cantabile Lite and Voicemeeter allow you to save and load setups, and they both start up with the last used settings intact, so they are easy to use together to optimize your environment for all your listening experiences.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kD-sBH-eQc

First, the links:
http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/arc2/
http://www.vb-audio.com/Voicemeeter/banana.htm
https://www.cantabilesoftware.com/
https://www.cantabilesoftware.com/download/

1. Download and install Voicemeeter Pro

2. Download Cantabile -- 64-bit or 32-bit depending upon your machine and/or plugins available.

3. Install ARC2 into your VSTPlugins folder, usually in C:\Program Files\VSTPlugins

4. Run Cantabile - select "Lite" version

5. Run Voicemeeter Pro

(Always in that order - Cantabile first)

6. Select A1 output in Voicemeeter - to your ASIO Hardware is always best (at bottom)

7. In Windows' Audio Control Panel, set Voicemeeter as the "Default Playback Device"

8. Select A1 button in VAIO slider for monitoring, sending the ARC2 conditioned output to the speakers. If also recording and need a WDM signal (such as into OBS) Use B2. (B1 might appear as being "busy" already to your recorder using this setup.)

9. Enter Cantabile and go to Tools/Options

10. First set the Audio Engine to "Voicemeeter Insert Virtual ASIO"

11. Now set the Audio Ports, adding Stereo Ins and Stereo Outs as needed, by first adding the input port and naming it (I call that one "Windows Audio VAIO Insert In"). The left and right channels will initially be unassigned. Hit the ADD button to assign the left and right channels to the appropriate insert number (VAIO slider uses Insert #4, so INS#4 Left and INS#4 Right). Then add the output port and name that (I called it "Windows Audio VAIO Return") and follow the same procedure to assign the left and right channels.

12. In Cantabile's Plugin Options area, select your plugin folder. Then click OK, and from Tools, perform a plugin scan so it can see your ARC2 and other plugins there.

13. Now on the main screen, Click "Add Object" and add the ARC2 plugin.

14. Beneath the ARC2 plugin, click "Add Route", select a Stereo Output, and then your "Windows Audio VAIO Return" output we'd created.

15. Now in the Input Ports section, click "Add Route" and select your "Windows Audio VAIO Insert In" input. Select as its Preset/Destination the ARC2 plugin. All the connections are complete now on the Cantabile end.

16. Back in Voicemeeter, go to "Menu--System Settings/Options" and turn on the inserts for the VAIO slider: Inserts #4 left and right.

17. Test that the loop is working - you can turn off the plugin's output route to test this, or just play with the plugin.
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IK Multimedia ARC2 speaker correction system for ALL your Windows audio via Voicemeeter and Cantabile 3 Lite.
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Get Effects Added To Microphone Using Voicemeeter "Banana"!
Connect Voicemeeter Pro "Banana" via its special "Inserts" feature to Cantabile acting as the Host adding VST Effects! Reverb, Compression, Limiting, EQ!

This covers all the details to connect the free Cantabile Lite as a VST effects host to your Voicemeeter Pro "Banana" mixer application, so your microphone(s) can have as many effects as you like!
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Certificate of the Right to Play

By this certificate, know ye that
(Insert Your Name Here)
Is a lifetime member in good standing of
The Society of Childlike Grown-Ups
And is hereby and forever entitled to:

Walk in the rain, jump in mud puddles, collect rainbows, smell flowers,
blow bubbles, stop along the way, build sand castles,
watch the moon and stars come out, catch fireflies, say hello to everyone,
go barefoot, go on adventures, sing in the shower, have a merry heart,
read children's books, act silly, take bubble baths, hold hands, hug and kiss,
dance, fly kites, giggle and laugh, cry if you feel like it, wonder about stuff,
wander around, feel scared, feel sad, feel mad, feel happy,
give up worry and guilt and shame, stay innocent, say yes, say no,
say the magic words, ask lots of questions, ride on a bike, draw and paint,
color outside the lines, see things differently, fall down and get up again,
talk with animals, look at the sky, see shapes in the clouds, trust the universe,
stay up late, sleep late, climb trees, take naps, do nothing, daydream,
making slurping noises with your straw, lick the bowl, play with toys,
play under the covers, have pillow fights, learn new stuff,
get excited about everything, be a clown, enjoy having a body,
listen to music, find out how things work, go "Aha!",
make up new rules, make up songs, tell stories, invent things,
save the world, make friends with the other kids,
be fascinated, be totally absorbed in your play,
and do anything else that brings more happiness,
celebration, relaxation, communication, health, love, joy, creativity,
pleasure, abundance, Grace, self-esteem, courage, balance, spontaneity,
delight, passion, beauty, peace, and life energy to the above named member
and to other humans and beings on this planet.
Furthermore, the above named member is Officially Authorized to:
frequent amusement parks, beaches, meadows, mountaintops,
swimming pools, forests, playgrounds, picnic areas, summer camps,
birthday parties, circuses, cookie shops, ice cream parlors, theaters,
aquariums, zoos, museums, planetariums, toy stores, festivals,
and other places where children of all ages come to play,
and is encouraged to always remember the motto of

The Society of Childlike Grown-Ups:

"It's never too late to have a happy childhood!"
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How to find a job where they aren’t
How to find a job that doesn’t exist…
(at least, it isn’t visible yet!)

A former student contacted me a few months ago asking me to find an article on finding a (great) job that I'd written for my students back in the mid-2000's. I could not find it - but looking over an old site's contents in a local installation, I finally discovered where I'd put it! Here is that article, resurrected.

Pass it along to anyone looking for a (great) job!


http://terrybritton.com/how-to-find-a-job-where-they-arent/
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A live recording that came out nice, I think! Nice Space! Enjoy!
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Terry Leigh Britton commented on a post on Blogger.
During the same period, in the mid-eighties, that you were inspiring Holodecks to appear on Star Trek TNG, I was roommate with the founder of the Museum of Holography, living with her sharing a space in Tribeca. Small world, I'd say!

I look forward to reading the book, for sure - just bought it! :-)

We certainly share many interests still, Jason! (I still love Mini-Golf, of course.)
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How To Give Remote Piano Lessons via Skype or Hangouts-On-Air Tutorial

Here is a tutorial on how to give remote piano lessons (or any instrument, really) using a virtual instrument (VSTi) host.

I use Cantabile in this video as the host, and Voicemeeter Pro "Banana" as a virtual mixing board, and I show setting up the piano lesson using both Skype and Hangouts-On-Air.

Hangouts-On-Air have a far better option for the audio for music. Its "Studio" mode is far, far superior to either an HOA's "Voice" mode or Skype's compressor for audio, so though it takes up the last half of the video, I felt it was important to show how to set that up also.

Here are useful links:
Voicemeeter setup file: http://terrybritton.com/Piano_Lessons...

Voicemeeter Pro "Banana"
http://vb-audio.pagesperso-orange.fr/...

Cantabile 3 (Demo download includes free "Lite" version)
https://www.cantabilesoftware.com/

For Hangouts-On-Air - CHECKLIST

1) Set up a YouTube channel if you haven't already

2) Click your user icon at the top right and select "Creator Studio"

3) Click at the left into "Live Streaming" and click on Events

4) Click on the far-right on "Create new event"

5) Select "Quick (Using Google Hangouts On air)" from the radio buttons toward the right near the bottom - that sets up a Hangout-On-Air as the format

6) Set it from "Public" to "Private" or "Unpublished".

7) Start the hangout by clicking "Go Live Now" -- that does not mean you need to start calling now, it just lets you get the viewing links and set up the audio and video in advance. (You can also schedule events to happen in the future in advance... even after this step!)

8) At the lower right, click the "Links" button to get the link to the YouTube video to share, and also an embed code for putting it on your blog page (which can be a private page, of course, only visible to your student), and then DEFINITELY copy the link from the top address bar that leads back to this HOA, which you can email to yourself and to the other person(s) so they can join it. When you return to it, just hit the "Join" button and you are in. Up to 10 people can participate in a normal hangout. (Up to 25 if you have a "G-Suite Basic or Business" account.)

9) Click the gear at the top and set your microphone to Voicemeeter Output and your speaker to Voicemeeter Input. I advise changing the audio from "Voice" to "Studio" and keeping your levels at or below -12dB. Click "Save".

10) This HOA is now set up - clicking the "Start Broadcast" button will begin the recording. You can continue without recording by just leaving this open and not hitting the "Start Broadcast" button. When finished Recording (that is, "Broadcasting"), hit "Stop Broadcast" FIRST and then hit the red-phone button at the top to hang up. If you do not hit "Stop Broadcast" before hanging up, it will continue recording for four hours then disconnect itself.

11) Once all this is set up, hit the Red Phone to hang up and shut the hangout window if you are not making the call right away. This all stays available as long as you don't use it (so retain that link from the address bar you got - makes it a pseudo "Skype" for you and your student to use, with better audio!). This now also appears in the list of your scheduled events at https://www.youtube.com/my_live_event... at the bottom, where you can change the time so it is scheduled for a specific date by editing the "Basic Info" page, or you can alternatively start the hangout from there on your end, and get the address bar link and other links to share if you had forgotten to earlier. It will stay there until you use it, so if you don't ever broadcast and stop-broadcast, it stays around to use again and again. You can get rid of unused ones by checking the box to its left and going to the top under "Actions" and selecting "Delete".

12) Extra: You actually can view the live stream from the tab to the right of the "Basic" one which now shows a "Live Control Room" link. View the stream from the "Preview" section by hitting the play button in the middle of the video there. The "Public" view will not be active until you show up to start the broadcast.

That's it! Seems like a lot the first time, but it is really quite simple. This checklist will always be handy, though!

When ready, click the link you saved to enter the hangout, hit "Join" and optionally start the broadcast (begin recording) when you are ready. Or just re-use this as a hi-fidelity version of Skype by having students join at the proper time with their link.
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Cambridge Riverfest Performance - 1978

This is a case where it was not as important what was being played as was the setting and purpose of its being played.

This was the first Cambridge Riverfest (1978, I believe). I had proposed a conceptual art project that was approved, and this was the only record of its realization. First, some background:

If you have multiple speakers producing loud sound, by only a short distance away, the sounds from them will have merged as air pressures, and the peaks and valleys will begin cancelling each other out, so the sound will not carry very far. But, if you use a single speaker, it will pump an acoustic "vortex" of sound waves into the air mass before it, and it will not cancel itself out.

I used a single speaker with audio from a Farfisa Mini Compact organ, directed AWAY from the audience pointing upstream into the downstream winds traveling down the Charles River, where I was positioned on the Boston side of that river, with the audience on the other side, several hundreds of feet away and along the river's shore for over a mile downstream from where I was.

The sound waves from my single speaker hit the air pressures from the downstream winds, and as those winds broke up into zephyr wind currents and eddies, my audio vortex was broken into several "tubes" of sound-containing air columns, which were swept along the opposite shoreline like a fire-hose of sound, so people would hear the music clear as could be - as if right next to them - for a few moments, upon which the "sound tubes" would move from their location and the music would disappear!

This caused an audience of about 300 to seek my position out on the opposite side of the river, just across the John W. Weeks Footbridge
(https://binged.it/2tjSNxS), where about 100 at a time sat to listen to portions of the five-hour performance.

This was the final half hour of that performance as evening set in, recorded on a mono cassette recorder, with the single speaker beginning to shred quite badly by this time!
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