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3 hours ago, scintilla said:

Thanks Bob, I tried that and got a chain that worked using Audiohijack with Roon outputting to Soundflower rather than system. I think it is worth playing with on a trial basis now that this plugin is available for Mac.

 

Are you using Loopback or Soundflower to couple Audio Hijack's output to HQP's input?

 

If Soundflower works, that's a great free solution.  OTOH, if you have to use Loopback in one leg of the chain, you might as well use it in both legs.  Loopback can create an unlimited number of virtual devices.


Mac Mini (2012 i7) > HQPlayer or Audirvana > exaSound e32 > Parasound JC-1 > Thiel 3.7

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I used Roon--> Soundflower-->Hijack-->Room Shaper-->Loopback-->HQPlayer.

I then tried Roon-->Soundflower-->Puremusic streamthrough-->Loopback--HQPlayer.  

 

The latter would be preferred if I could get Room Shaper to work as a plugin in Puremusic, but so far I can't get Puremusic to recognize it and allow it as an AU in the list or to get plugins even working in the chain. Loopback is not easy to configure. I found that I could put Room Shaper between Roon and Loopback though and that may be my only option right now. None of this is ideal.

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Yeah, I haven't figured out how to get it up and running either.

I'm using Roon convolution for DRC; I've got the mic, REW, trial version of the program etc.

Just can't figure out how to actually do the measurements and produce the needed correction in my setup. When I tried to use the .dll, I kept getting a response that it couldn't be loaded. And I can't figure out how to use the standalone version together with other software. I'll give it another try  on the weekend. 

If anyone wants to help, PM me. 


Main listening (small home office):

Main setup: Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>QuietPC Low Noise Server>Roon (Audiolense DRC)>RPi4 (dietpi)>Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.

Secondary Listening: Server>Matrix Element i Streamer/DAC (XLR)>Schiit Freya>Kii Three .

Bedroom: SBTouch to Cambridge Soundworks Desktop Setup. Living Room/Kitchen: RPi 3B+ running RoPieee to a pair of Morel Hogtalare. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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I used Roon--> Soundflower-->Hijack-->Room Shaper-->Loopback-->HQPlayer. This works on MacOS, there's no reason to think it won't on Windows too.

 

I am also using HQPlayer with acourate DRC filters.  The place for Room Shaper is before HQPlayer and convolution.  The developer has indicated that you should if possible have Room Shaper as your first plugin or signal processing in your chain.  You also will want to do your sweeps with your DRC engaged. 

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Thanks for the feedback scintilla!
Great news, then I will try Room shaper with Hqplayer in Windows. 
I have no experience with loopbacks, VST plugins etc. Just started to read about it now. Might try (if no one have better suggestions?)
Roon —> Voicemeeter virtual input —> Voicemeeter Banana (Connect to Reaper as VST Host for Room shaper via IN/OUT Patch) -> Voicemeeter virtual output -> HQPlayer -> NAA
or 
Roon —> VB-Audio CABLE virtual input —> Reaper (as VST Host for Room shaper) —> VB-Audio CABLE virtual input 2 -> HQPlayer -> NAA

or

Roon -> VB-Audio ASIO Bridge (if possible to route to Reaper as VST Host for Room shaper) -> HQPlayer -> NAA

Some links

https://www.vb-audio.com/Voicemeeter/banana.htm
https://www.vb-audio.com/Cable/
https://www.reaper.fm/ (found some documentation here https://forums.cockos.com/showthread.php?p=1681556 )

 

So I read above that HQPlayer streaming input samplerate need to be set manually. I use 384kHz wav convolution filters in Hqplayer (and upsample after that to DSD256).
Dunno if it best to then try to upsample everything to 384kHz before HQplayer (either in Roon or perhaps Voicemeeter)?


Roon/HQPlayer > MicroRendu 1.4  > Buffalo III-SE-PRO DAC > Linkwitz ASP.4 > 6 x Hypex NC400, 2 x UCD400HG > Linkwitz LX521.4

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I wonder if this would be effective on a 2.1 system?  Might be a stupid question, but wouldn't the plugin tame the bass portion of the total signal even if some of the is being reproduced by the satellites and most by the sub? One product I am interested in is DSPeaker anti-mode, but I'd much prefer a software solution

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On 11/20/2019 at 7:49 AM, scintilla said:

I used Roon--> Soundflower-->Hijack-->Room Shaper-->Loopback-->HQPlayer.

I then tried Roon-->Soundflower-->Puremusic streamthrough-->Loopback--HQPlayer.  

 

The latter would be preferred if I could get Room Shaper to work as a plugin in Puremusic, but so far I can't get Puremusic to recognize it and allow it as an AU in the list or to get plugins even working in the chain. Loopback is not easy to configure. I found that I could put Room Shaper between Roon and Loopback though and that may be my only option right now. None of this is ideal.

 

Could you give some advise on how you got it working on a Mac? I can’t write the configuration, Thierry was trying to help but unfortunately we were not successful so far.

I am using Audio Hijack: Roon - Room Shaper - Output. After uploading the ir files I get an error message when trying to write the configuration. I did place the plugin in the library/audio/plugin-ins/components folder.... see screenshot attached

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I'm afraid that I can't help you yet.  I haven't yet done sweeps, I merely got a signal flow that output sound through the plugin and out to HQPlayer. Once I get a chance to do sweeps I will post my results. 

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19 hours ago, olli said:

 

Could you give some advise on how you got it working on a Mac? I can’t write the configuration, Thierry was trying to help but unfortunately we were not successful so far.

I am using Audio Hijack: Roon - Room Shaper - Output. After uploading the ir files I get an error message when trying to write the configuration. I did place the plugin in the library/audio/plugin-ins/components folder.... see screenshot attached

 

 

I got the same error message on mac-mini. Reasoned it had to be a permissions problem even though logged in as admin-user. Solved by starting room-shaper as a root-user - for how to do that:

 

http://osxdaily.com/2013/02/06/how-to-run-gui-apps-as-root-in-mac-os-x/

 

Only need to do this one time as once config is successfully loaded then can run room-shaper normally.

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8 hours ago, Alvantri said:

 

I got the same error message on mac-mini. Reasoned it had to be a permissions problem even though logged in as admin-user. Solved by starting room-shaper as a root-user - for how to do that:

 

http://osxdaily.com/2013/02/06/how-to-run-gui-apps-as-root-in-mac-os-x/

 

Only need to do this one time as once config is successfully loaded then can run room-shaper normally.

 

Thans Alvantri. That did work. I got it configured now, but I am only getting my 4 subs once I turn on Hijack, mains are gone then. How did you integrate Room Shaper?

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Using Room Shaper as plugin with JRMC on the Mac-mini, and then digital out via MOTU 8D to Win10 laptop/RME FF UCX,  and AcourateConvolver for 2 way crossovers/room correction for active 2-way system. Can't do all the processing on one box as it won't keep up. Getting very good sound this way though.

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On 11/26/2019 at 6:30 AM, Alvantri said:

Using Room Shaper as plugin with JRMC on the Mac-mini, and then digital out via MOTU 8D to Win10 laptop/RME FF UCX,  and AcourateConvolver for 2 way crossovers/room correction for active 2-way system. Can't do all the processing on one box as it won't keep up. Getting very good sound this way though.

 

Got it. JRMC. I can't use JRMC because I am only streaming from TIDAL and the WDM driver thing isn't working properly. Too bad, but thanks anyway!

 

 

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Sorry if I am being obtuse or overreaching, but could olli and/or Alvantri talk me through how to solve the permissions problem, step by step for a child? The link Alvantri has provided assumes a level of technical finesse I admit not to have. Thanks!


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sonicTransporter i5 > ultraRendu > T+A DAC8 DSD > Primare PRE35 > Primare A35.2 > PSB Synchrony 2

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Just checked back to this thread - assuming that Room Shaper installed in the usual paths on the Mac, which should be the case:

1. log on to Mac as admin user

2. open a terminal window (bash) - Launcher/Other/Terminal

3. paste the following at the $ prompt (not the quotation marks) -

      "sudo /Applications/Room_Shaper.app/Contents/MacOS/Room_Shaper" 

and hit return key, enter admin user password if prompted, and hit return again.

5. Room Shaper should now run and should be able to load config files successfully.

6. shut down room shaper and restart from desktop or load as plugin and it should now be configured.

 

 

 

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Hi all. I note that Thierry has a freestanding version of Room Shaper for download which can use Roon via the VB-audio virtual cable. My issue is that my DAC doesn’t show up in the list of devices under options / control panel on Room Shaper. My Bel Canto Streamer has only an ethernet input and no USB input. Is that why it doesn’t work?  Is there such a thing as a virtual ethernet to audio virtual cable that would bridge this issue?  Thanks. JCR 

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Thanks @alec_eiffel And thanks for the write-up! Totally agreed! Thierry @fresponse has done a great job! It is indeed a unique DSP offering like no other. I hope Room Shaper finds its way into commercial products as you mention. It is a fantastic experience to not hear the room resonate. Like I mentioned in the review, the only time I have heard that clean of a bass response in a room is in purpose built studio control rooms where the $ build is in excess of 6 figures. Incredible what innovative DSP can do, especially for the price!

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I wish people who've managed to implement it would help beef up the instructions. I still haven't figured out how to get it working with Roon. 


Main listening (small home office):

Main setup: Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>QuietPC Low Noise Server>Roon (Audiolense DRC)>RPi4 (dietpi)>Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.

Secondary Listening: Server>Matrix Element i Streamer/DAC (XLR)>Schiit Freya>Kii Three .

Bedroom: SBTouch to Cambridge Soundworks Desktop Setup. Living Room/Kitchen: RPi 3B+ running RoPieee to a pair of Morel Hogtalare. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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37 minutes ago, firedog said:

I wish people who've managed to implement it would help beef up the instructions. I still haven't figured out how to get it working with Roon. 

It's quite easy if your endpoint is a Windows PC.

Instructions are provided in the application archive you download, use the "standalone" version.

It gets more complex or impossible in other cases. That's the main limitation.

If you use Audirvana or JRiver implementation is quite straightforward  as these support VST plugins. 

If you want to run a simple test, jsut provide me with your speaker measurements and a sample file and I can build a "processed" file for you that you can have read by Roon, and A/B with the original.

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For information here's my room response, RT60 and decay/frequency. As you can see, some very slow decays in the 20-100Hz range unfortunately, that's were Room Shaper helps a lot to smoothen the decay response which helps the brain to "forget" about the room. 

Measurements were made with HAF "DRC" room correction active, which help to temper modes but can't help to "reshape" decays.

 

Decay_with_HAF.jpg

RT60 with HAF.jpg

SPL_with_HAF.jpg

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18 hours ago, alec_eiffel said:

It's quite easy if your endpoint is a Windows PC.

Instructions are provided in the application archive you download, use the "standalone" version.

 

Don't agree. I'm not technically incompetent and I couldn't get it to work through Roon on Windows. Everything seems to be setup properly, but I don't get sound output. 

It doesn't mean a lot that you think it's quite easy: It's the "clear if already understood" phenomenon-easy when you already know how. 


Main listening (small home office):

Main setup: Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>QuietPC Low Noise Server>Roon (Audiolense DRC)>RPi4 (dietpi)>Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.

Secondary Listening: Server>Matrix Element i Streamer/DAC (XLR)>Schiit Freya>Kii Three .

Bedroom: SBTouch to Cambridge Soundworks Desktop Setup. Living Room/Kitchen: RPi 3B+ running RoPieee to a pair of Morel Hogtalare. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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On 4/8/2020 at 10:02 PM, firedog said:

I still haven't figured out how to get it working with Roon. 


It seems more or less impossible. Let’s hope Andrew at SGC maybe with assistance from Miska, can implement something in either HQPlayer embedded  or the SonicOrbiter SW.

I don’t think Roon will support a VST plugin. I think there’s some technical issues. 
 

Another challenge is to convert the SW into Linux, as I understand Thierry isn’t a Linux guy, and I suppose converting into Linux has to be the first step, and someone has to do that work on behalf of Thierry.
 

With Linux sorted out, integration with SonicTransporter / HQPlayer embedded / QNAP and similar may be possible. But I really don’t know.  
 

I can just hope for more people to request for some sort of Roon integration. 
 

 

 

@alec_eiffel

Can you add some understanding of what is needed in order to make this easier to work with Roon ?

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