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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

 

WORLDWIDE LAUNCH OF AUDIRVĀNA STUDIO

 

For its 10th anniversary, Audirvāna will benefit from a total makeover and launch Audirvāna Studio on 16 May 2021: a major evolution of its HD audio playback software now offered as a subscription.

Information under embargo until Sunday 9 May 18:00 CET

Paris, May 9 2021

 

Today at 6pm Paris time, during a Facebook Live Audirvāna founder and CEO Damien Plisson will unveil the new Audirvāna Studio, a complete overhaul of his HD audio playback software, enriched with numerous new features. It will be available on May 16 only as a subscription service for US$69.99 per year, or US$6.99 per month(1), and will be constantly evolving and improving. The previous version 3.5 of the software will no longer be available.

 

Founded in Paris in 2011, Audirvāna is a French company that publishes and markets a software of the same name: "the best way to play music from a computer". It has developed and improved a unique technology over time, forging the ultimate digital audio playback software for all music professionals and enthusiasts, and a solution to manage and organize one's music whether it comes from a local music library or an HD streaming service (such as Tidal or Qobuz). Its software is available for MacOS and Windows 10 and comes with a free mobile Remote app compatible with iOS and Android devices.

 

A MAJOR EVOLUTION OF THE AUDIRVĀNA SOFTWARE

Always at the forefront of audio performance on a computer, Audirvāna Studio exclusively offers Kernel streaming mode on Windows 10: an incredibly transparent playback mode, as close as possible to the machine language. This avoids all intermediate software layers. Mac users are not left out as Audirvāna Studio is already natively compatible with Apple Silicon and makes the most of Apple's latest generation of processors in terms of audio performance. An additional oversampling algorithm, "R8Brain", has also been added to allow users more options in optimizing the interaction with their system and converter.

The user experience and interface have also been thoroughly redesigned, taking into account the numerous suggestions received by customers during a major survey conducted last year.

(1)69,99 € or 6,99 € per month | 64,99 £ or 6,49 £ per month | 8.990¥ or 899¥ per month.

 

 

BACK IN BLACK

Many new features have been added, including:

• Mixed favorites and playlists, combining local music and music from streaming services • An access to more than 120,000 Internet radio stations and podcasts
• An enhanced metadata editor including an online metadata recovery function
• A unique playlist editor for easier navigation

• Faster and more intuitive smart search in all sources
• A playback console giving an overview and access to all advanced audio settings • In-app assistance explaining all possible settings
• An HD track profile checker to evaluate files of presumed high-resolution quality • A new version of the Remote application for mobile devices (iOS and Android)

 

A SERVICE NOW ONLY OFFERED BY SUBSCRIPTION

Audirvāna Studio will now only be offered as a subscription service at a price of for US$69.99 per year, or US$6.99 per month(1), and with no commitment. This will significantly lower the access price to the software. This choice, which breaks with the perpetual license model of previous versions, marks a strong desire to provide a constantly improving service to all its customers – with no need to pay for updates every 2 or 3 years -, in line with the increasingly rapid changes in computer environments and quality support.

Current users of versions 2 and 3.5 will be able to test the new software and receive a preferred rate to adopt Audirvāna Studio before the end of July 2021 while most recent license purchasers will be offered a no-cost conversion of their purchase to a subscription.

 

A NEW BRAND IDENTITY

To mark the opening of a new chapter in the brand's history, its visual identity is also evolving: Audirvāna is now spelled with a "long A," like Nirvāna in Sanskrit, emphasizing the original meaning of the name and the quest for perfection and absoluteness that it embodies. The new logo, simpler and more readable, is accompanied by a symbol that is both technical and spiritual, freely inspired by the "ajna" and its mantra "Om": the original sound.

 

ABOUT AUDIRVĀNA

Audirvāna was founded by Damien Plisson, a very talented French developer, trained at Ecole Centrale and UCLA, acknowledged as an expert among the audiophile community. Since its launch, Audirvāna has become “THE reference in audiophile playback software on Mac” (WHAT HIFI -2017). It is also available on Windows 10 since mid 2018. Its sound quality and reliability have also won over sound engineers. Audirvāna has received many awards, such as the “Audio Excellence Award 2016” from the Japanese magazine Audio Accessory, the “Exceptional Product – 5 Stars Award” from iCreate magazine in September 2017 as well as the "Remarkable" price of the VUmètre journal in 2018.

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Again I ask do you need Apple silicon/m1 to run Audirvana Studio or will it run on Apple Catalina? I have a late 2012 mini i7 and can not upgrade beyond Catalina.

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4 hours ago, bobbmd said:

Will Audirvana Studio run on Apple Catalina or will I have to buy a new MacMini M1?

 

It will run under Catalina

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MacMini, i5, 2.5GHz, SSD, 16Gb, 10.15.7 > Audirvana Studio 1.2 > Wyred DAC2 DSD Special Edition >
Proceed AMP2 > Focal Cobalt 826 Signature Series > Audirvana Remote > iPhone 11

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16 minutes ago, bobbmd said:

Again I ask do you need Apple silicon/m1 to run Audirvana Studio or will it run on Apple Catalina? I have a late 2012 mini i7 and can not upgrade beyond Catalina.

 

It will run under Catalina and on Late 2012 Macmini

If You Got Ears, You Gotta ListenCaptain Beefheart

 

MacMini, i5, 2.5GHz, SSD, 16Gb, 10.15.7 > Audirvana Studio 1.2 > Wyred DAC2 DSD Special Edition >
Proceed AMP2 > Focal Cobalt 826 Signature Series > Audirvana Remote > iPhone 11

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I have a 2011 MacBook Pro running A3.5 and High Sierra, can't run a more recent OS on this computer.

I listened to the Facebook Live and did not hear how long they will support 3.5 and which is the oldest OS they will support.

Audirvana's website has also not been updated with their new offering.

Does anyone has a clue?

 

MacBook Pro (OS 10.10.4, 16GB RAM, OCZ Vertex3 SSD, external Oyen HD w FireWire, Audirvana+ 2.5.4, BitPerfect 2.0.2) -> Mapleshade Clearlink USB Plus cable -> UpTone Audio USB Regen w UpTone Audio Ultracap LPS-1 -> Wavelength Brick v3 DAC -> Transparent Wave Link interconnects -> Luxman R-1050 -> Transparent Music Wave Plus speaker cables -> ASW Cantius 504 speakers

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12 minutes ago, Gilles said:

I have a 2011 MacBook Pro running A3.5 and High Sierra, can't run a more recent OS on this computer.

 

I have the same running Audirvana/Qobuz. So far it is perfectly working without issues same as High-Sierra.

If it is working you do not need any Audirvana support for 3.5 at all.

The single issue might be that the Qobuz API will not work somewhere in the future with this configuration.

But Spotify HiFi is on the horizon :-)

 

Matt

 

"I want to know why the musicians are on stage, not where". (John Farlowe)

 

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Will it have the ability to have multiple libraries (NOT using them at the same time)?  In iTunes/Apple Music, there’s an option to select which library you want to use upon launch of the app. AFAIK, you can’t do this with 3.5 (not easily, at least) and it would be great if this feature were in Studio.

MacBook Pro 2020 16” (16MB RAM, macOS Big Sur) > Audirvana Plus  > Pangea Audio USB-AG > Sony TA-ZH1ES > Nordost Heimdall 2 > Audeze LCD-3

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Thank you, Matt.

 

I see that my questions were not clear.

 

I certainly understand that I do not need support for 3.5 if I have no problem, but what if I do have problems?  I remember that Manuel said that they will continue to support 3.5 but I did not hear any indication of how long.  Has anyone heard how long will Damien continue to provide support for 3.5 once Audirvana Studio is available?

 

Can we run Audirvana Studio with High Sierra?

 

Also, just thought of this, as I run High Sierra and 3.5 on a 32GB SD card (they make 19.03GB in total), it would be relevant to me to know how many GB Audirvana Studio has.

 

Not that I need to know all this now, as I will wait for comments from users of Audirvana Studio before making a decision on whether to buy it.

 

Best,

Gilles

MacBook Pro (OS 10.10.4, 16GB RAM, OCZ Vertex3 SSD, external Oyen HD w FireWire, Audirvana+ 2.5.4, BitPerfect 2.0.2) -> Mapleshade Clearlink USB Plus cable -> UpTone Audio USB Regen w UpTone Audio Ultracap LPS-1 -> Wavelength Brick v3 DAC -> Transparent Wave Link interconnects -> Luxman R-1050 -> Transparent Music Wave Plus speaker cables -> ASW Cantius 504 speakers

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