Here I am.
I'm running an AMD 4200+ dual core, an audio card Terratec Auron Space 7.1 flashed as Audiotrak Prodigy and Vista.
As VST shell I'm using Console
working in ASIO. The VST plug-ins are Spinaudio
SpinEQ as parametric equalizer, Voxengo
Pristine Space as convolution engine, Voxengo BMS as Bass manager, Voxengo Audio Delay to introduce delays for multichannel reproduction.
I'm generating the impulse response files with REW (1 M sweep), then I create the filters with DRC
. DRC goes much further than frequency equalization because it works also in the time domain.
The trickiest part of the process is intercepting the audio stream from the sw players. I tried first Reaper
, but I couldn’t manage to make it work in Vista. Then I tried VAC. It was working but only in stereo and it cannot route the streams to ASIO, and I wanted low latency.
Then I chose the easiest way: I bought an used Terratec audio card, compatible with Audiotrak drivers. Audiotrak/ESI drivers offer a unique feature, Directwire, capable of intercepting and routing audio streams from and to ASIO.
What you can get at the end of this is probably the most sophisticated audio equalization around. I’m using it in two different installations, stereo and multichannel, and I can tell you that it’s now very difficult for me to listen music and movies without it.