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New FIR Designer Pricing

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To coincide with the launch of our new flagship product – FIR Designer M (a multi-channel version of FIR Designer) – the pricing options for the existing (single-channel) FIR Designer have been restructured.

A subscription license of FIR Designer now costs $299 (dropped from $399) AND there is an alternative option to purchase a perpetual (non-updateable) license of FIR Designer for a $599 one-off cost.

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subscription license of FIR Designer requires an annual recurring payment to stay active. The feature set will expand over time, as license holders receive ongoing free updates to the latest version, including all new features & improvements. Our development efforts will continue to be focused on regularly updating FIR Designer to expand & improve functionality for annual license holders. Tech support is available & feature requests welcome.

A perpetual license of FIR Designer is a one-time purchase. The software can be used indefinitely with no additional payments, however the feature set will be ‘frozen’ at the time of purchase, with no access to any updates or new features for license holders. To upgrade to a newer FIR Designer version in the future, a new license would need to be purchased. Tech support is provided for bug reports only (critical bug fixes supplied if required).

The SUBSCRIPTION and PERPETUAL versions of FIR Designer are identical at the time of purchase, but will differ over time.

Already Own a FIR Designer 2 License?

Existing FIR Designer 2 license-holders will have their annual license payment automatically dropped to $299 per year when it is next due; alternatively license-holders can continue to pay $399 per year at the next-scheduled due date, but immediately upgrade to a FIR Designer M license. (Contact us to make the change to FIR Designer M).

Already Own A FIR Designer 1 License?

FIR Designer 1 was discontinued November 2017. Existing license-holders are eligible for a USD $100 coupon which can be used once towards a purchase of FIR Creator, FIR Designer (subscription/annual OR one-time license) or FIR Designer M. Contact us (providing your license key) to request a $100 coupon.

 

Introducing FIR Designer M (Multi-way)

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Build a complete loudspeaker preset for multiple channels simultaneously with FIR Designer M. It utilizes the same easy-to-follow workflow of FIR Designer but provides up to 6-way, simultaneous multi-channel filter design. Create finite impulse response (FIR) filters and complete mixed FIR + IIR filter loudspeaker presets for single and multi-way loudspeakers, using multi-way loudspeaker driver measurements. Simulate the combined multi-way frequency response and time/frequency (wavelet) behaviour.

FIR Designer M also includes a new integrated Help menu to further enhance the software’s usability.

Learn more about FIR Designer M or download a free demo (Windows or Mac).

To coincide with the launch of FIR Designer M, the pricing of (single channel) FIR Designer is changing. Learn more.

 

Existing FIR Designer 1 license-holders are eligible for a USD $100 coupon towards the first-year purchase of FIR Designer M. Existing FIR Designer 2 license-holders are eligible to convert their license to a FIRd M license at no additional cost (just contact us to set it up).

FIR Designer 2.7.0 Expands Averaging Functionality & Adds Kaiser-Bessel Windowing

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Current licensees can access the latest download on the “update available” dialog within FIR Designer 2.

FIR Designer 2.7.0 is now available and includes both new features & updates:

  • The “Measurement Averaging” tab has been completely updated to the new workflow and plotting, recently released in the stand-alone Averager application. (Averaging session files can be exchanged between both FIR Designer 2 and Averager).
  • FIR filter windowing now has a Kaiser-Bessel option with adjustable alpha.
  • The parameter table drop-downs open in one click.
  • Parameters dialog has been updated for ease of use and flexibility for the future.

See the Release Notes (for all versions) here.

Learn more about FIR Designer or download a free demo (Windows or Mac).

Existing FIR Designer 1 license-holders are eligible for a USD $100 coupon towards the first-year purchase of FIR Designer 2; just contact us.

Introducing Averager – New Loudspeaker Measurement Averaging Tool

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By popular demand, we’ve developed a stand-alone application for averaging multiple loudspeaker measurements into one measurement, which can then be used in other audio tools, plotting tools & in FIR Designer’s ‘Import’ tab. Averager expands on the functionality found within FIR Designer’s ‘Measurement Averaging’ tab with improvements to the workflow, additional plot comparisons & statistics, & the ability to save the average response to file. Averager can load an unlimited number of measurements – subject to computer memory limits – and features a new, integrated help function. The updated Averager functionality will shortly be rolled back into FIR Designer’s ‘Measurement Averaging’ tab & available to FIR Designer 2 license holders.

Learn more about Averager or download a free demo (Windows or Mac).

Existing FIR Designer 1 license-holders are eligible for a USD $100 coupon towards the first-year purchase of FIR Designer 2.2; just contact us.

FIR Designer 2.6 now imports Monkey Forest SPK & Klipppel Impulse Response text files

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Current licensees can access the latest download on the “update available” dialog within FIR Designer 2.

FIR Designer 2.6.0 is now available and includes new import options plus some user interface updates. Notable updates (since the last update post for v2.4):

  • Monkey Forest (FourAudio) SPK files and Klippel Impulse Responses can now be loaded. Steps to extract data from a Klippel Impulse Response plot can be found here.
  • When importing a measurement file on the Import or Target tab, when “Normalise magnitude to max” is set, the “Magnitude offset (dB)” field now displays the normalisation gain. This is useful starting point when setting the offset gain manually.
  • Time based plots now have an optional millisecond (ms) scale and right-click now enables zoom-to-maximum (in addition to the “Max” buttons).
  • The Target file now has a use “Phase only” option which helps with matching loudspeakers based just on phase.
  • All lists and filter prototype tables now have a “Reset” option to take them back to defaults.

See the Release Notes (for all versions) here.

Learn more about FIR Designer or download a free demo (Windows or Mac).

Existing FIR Designer 1 license-holders are eligible for a USD $100 coupon towards the first-year purchase of FIR Designer 2.6; just contact us.

FIR Designer 2.6 adds Klippel and Four Audio's Monkey Forest SPK

Side Load Pre-Existing FIR Filters to Loudspeakers

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Pre-existing FIR filters – from sources other than FIR Designer/Creator – can be loaded (with or without resampling) in FIR Designer & FIR Creator EX. The filters can then be pushed – in combination with FIR Designer’s IIRs, gain, delay and polarity settings – to select Lab.gruppen Lake Processing & Powersoft amplifiers via Direct-To-Processor (DTP) functionality.

This video shows how to side load audio FIR Filters into FIR Designer when pushing a DSP preset to the LAKE 3-way module.

Learn more about FIR Designer or download a free demo (Windows or Mac).

Existing FIR Designer 1 license-holders are eligible for a USD $100 coupon towards the first-year purchase of FIR Designer 2.2; just contact us.

New FIR Creator EX shares FIR Designer’s advanced export options

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FIR Creator EX audio fir filter tool. Screenshot of Lake + Powersoft DTP export dialogsA new, standalone version of FIR Creator is now available: FIR Creator EX offers the same advanced export options found in FIR Designer, including the brand-new Direct-To-Processor functionality for integration with Lake & Powersoft amplifiers. It will be priced at a one-off cost of USD$299+tax (vs. FIR Creator @USD$249+tax). Unlike the mostly static feature set of FIR Creator, FIR Creator EX will be updated as necessary to incorporate any new DTP integrations developed between FIR Designer & other brands (ie. in addition to Lake & Powersoft). However, beyond updating DTP functionality, FIR Creator EX won’t receive updates (apart from essential bug fixes), as our development efforts continue to be focused on the subscription-based FIR Designer.

See the Product Comparison Table to compare features of FIR Creator, FIR Creator EX & FIR Designer

The specific additions to FIR Creator EX (vs. FIR Creator) are as follows:

  • Two additional FIR Filter sample rates: 12 and 24 kHz (FIR Creator has 44.1, 48 & 96 kHz)
  • Three additional Export formats: Powersoft, Linea Research & EV/Dynacord (FIR Creator has text [inc. CSV], Binary & WAV) 
  • Processor gain, polarity & delay settings (not available in FIR Creator)
  • Generate complete loudspeaker presets via the processor channel summary setting export option (not available in FIR Creator)
  • Direct-to-processor functionality (not available in FIR Creator):
    • To LAKE PLM, PLM+ & D series amplifiers. Requires the FIR Designer LAKE plugin and the LAKE FIR 3-way module, & works over a (fixed or wifi) network.
    • To Powersoft X, Ottocanali, Quattrocanali and DueCanali series amplifiers. Works via an XML file which can be loaded into the amplifier’s “Speaker EQ” or “Output EQ”.
    • Can optionally side-load pre-existing FIR filters (with sample-rate-conversion, if necessary) from other programs for transfer to LAKE &/or Powersoft (subject to their FIR tap limits).

Learn more about FIR Creator / FIR Creator EX or download a free demo (Windows or Mac).

Tell us which amplifier brands you’d most like to see facilitating direct-to-processor FIR Filters/DSP Presets from Eclipse Audio’s FIR tools

FIR Designer 2.4 – New Direct-To-Processor Function for Powersoft

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Powersoft FIR filter design & load with FIR Designer. Screenshot of FIRd DTP dialog.

FIR Designer 2.4 now integrates with Powersoft amplifiers. Transfer a DSP signal chain directly from FIR Designer to Armonía for use in Powersoft amplifiers via our new DTP (Direct-To-Processor) functionality. Pre-existing FIR filters (from sources other than FIR Designer) can also be loaded – with or without resampling – and transferred in combination with FIR Designer’s IIRs, gain, delay and polarity settings.

DTP for Powersoft works via an XML file which can be loaded into the “Speaker EQ” or “Output EQ” on X, Ottocanali, Quattrocanali and DueCanali series amplifiers.

Powersoft is the second brand to offer close integration with FIR Designer (LabGruppen LAKE PLM, PLM+ & D series amplifier integration was released in FIRd v2.3). We’re hoping to provide direct integration with other amp/processor brands in the near future. In the meantime, FIR Designer can export data in a variety of formats for subsequent upload into most FIR-capable productsWe’d love your feedback: Which amplifier brands would you most like to see facilitating direct-to-processor FIR Filters/DSP chains from FIR Designer? Tell us here.

For more details on v2.4, see the Release Notes.

Learn more about FIR Designer or download a free demo (Windows or Mac).

Existing FIR Designer 1 license-holders are eligible for a USD $100 coupon towards the first-year purchase of FIR Designer 2.4; just contact us.

 

Lake FIR filter designer. Design & load with FIR Designer. Screenshot of FIRd DTP dialog.

FIR Designer 2.3 – New Direct-To-Processor Function for LAKE

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FIR Designer now integrates with LAKE PLM & D series amplifiers. Push a complete DSP signal chain directly from FIR Designer to the LAKE FIR 3-way module via our new DTP (Direct-To-Processor) functionality. Watch the video here. Pre-existing FIR filters (from sources other than FIR Designer) can also be pushed – with or without resampling – in combination with FIR Designer’s IIRs, gain, delay and polarity settings.

DTP works locally – over either a fixed network or WiFi – with a new LAKE Controller plugin (supplied in the FIR Designer 2.3.0 Windows installer). Data transfer takes only a few clicks.

We’re hoping to provide direct integration with other amp/processor brands in the near future. In the meantime, FIR Designer can export data in a variety of formats for subsequent upload into most FIR-capable products.

We’d love your feedback: Which amplifier brands would you most like to see facilitating direct-to-processor FIR Filters/DSP chains from FIR Designer? Tell us here.

For more details on v2.3, see the Release Notes.

Learn more about FIR Designer or download a free demo (Windows or Mac).

Existing FIR Designer 1 license-holders are eligible for a USD $100 coupon towards the first-year purchase of FIR Designer 2.2; just contact us.

IIR vs FIR - shaping loudspeaker phase with FIR Designer - screenshot

Shaping Loudspeaker Phase: FIR vs IIR

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FIR filtering offers advantages over traditional IIR all-pass filters when flattening the phase of a loudspeaker or shaping the phase to match others in an installation. IIR filters have a negative phase gradient & only provide time delay with increasing frequency. However, FIR filtering can implement phase responses with both positive & negative gradients, providing arbitrary phase/time shaping of a loudspeaker response.

FIR Designer offers traditional 1st & 2nd order minimum-phase all-pass filter prototypes, plus maximum-phase (inverted phase) versions & a unique 4th order parametric phase filter with a range of ±90 degrees, adjustable BW & frequency. An unlimited number of prototypes can be used to create the combined FIR filter phase response.

Learn more about FIR Designer or download a free demo (Windows or Mac).

Existing FIR Designer 1 license-holders are eligible for a USD $100 coupon towards the first-year purchase of FIR Designer 2.2; just contact us.

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