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Software Installation

The miniDSP SHD Power is configured with software running on a PC or Mac.

System requirements


  • Windows 10 or later, with all updates installed
  • At least a dual core i3, i5, or i7 processor, or AMD equivalent
  • At least 4 GB RAM
  • Two free USB 2.0 ports

  • Internet connection


  • macOS 10.14 Mojave or later, latest version with all updates

  • At least a dual core i3, i5, or i7 processor, or an Apple ARM processor (M1/M2/Pro/Max)

  • At least 4 GB RAM
  • Two free USB 2.0 ports

  • Internet connection


Intel and Apple ARM processors are supported with separate binaries for miniDSP Device Console.


The macOS version requirement ensures compatibility with the Dirac Live application. The miniDSP Device Console can run on macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and later versions of macOS.

Download the miniDSP software

If you purchased your SHD Power directly from miniDSP, your software will be available from the User Downloads section of the miniDSP website when your order ships. To access the download, you will need to be logged into the website with the account you created when purchasing.

If you purchased your SHD Power from a miniDSP dealer, you will receive a coupon together with the product. To redeem this coupon, go to this page:

Select the Plugin Group SHD Series (SHD/SHD Studio/SHD Power) from the dropdown menu and enter your coupon's code. Click the Validate button.

The User Downloads link is visible from the drop-down menu at the top right of the website:

Access user downloads on miniDSP website

Navigate to the SHD Series section.

Underneath the heading miniDSP Device Console, select the download according to your platform: Windows 10/11, macOS with M-series ARM CPU, or macOS with Intel CPU.

Install the miniDSP software

Install on macOS

  1. Double-click on the downloaded miniDSP Device Console-x.y.z.dmg (Intel version) or miniDSP Device Console-x.y.z-arm64.dmg (ARM version) image file to open it. (The version number x.y.z embedded in the file name will change over time.)

  2. Drag the miniDSP Device Console application icon to your Applications folder.

Drag and drop the Device Console icon into Applications

  1. To run the miniDSP Device Console, locate it in the Applications folder and double-click on it. To make it easier to run in future, right-click on its dock icon and select Options -> Keep in Dock.


The macOS version of miniDSP Device Console is installed for all users on the computer.

Install on Windows

  1. Double-click on the downloaded MiniDSP Device Console Setup x.y.z.exe installer to run it. (The version number x.y.z embedded in the file name will change over time.)
  2. Install the miniDSP UAC2 USB Audio driver:
    1. Start miniDSP Device Console.
    2. Navigate to the Settings screen and select Install USB Audio Driver:
      miniDSP Device Console USB Audio Driver install
      Device Console will confirm that you want to install the driver. Click on the PROCEED button. Note: we recommend that you accept the default installation location.

The first time you run the miniDSP Device Console and the Dirac Live application, you may see a Windows Firewall warning such as the one below. Ensure that "Private networks..." is checked and "Public networks..." is not checked. Then click on "Allow access." This warning dialog may appear more than once.

Windows Defender firewall warning


The most recent miniDSP processors require the UAC2 driver to be at least version 5.40. If you have difficulty with the UAC2 driver or control panel, use Install USB Audio Driver to install the latest version.


The Windows installation of miniDSP Device Console is for a single user. If it needs to be run in more than one account on your PC, it will need to be installed for each account.

Download and install Dirac Live

Download the Dirac Live application for your platform from the Dirac Research download page. On macOS, double-click on the download if your browser did not unzip it.

Double-click on the downloaded installer to run it. It will be named diraclive-latest.exe on Windows and DiracLive v3.x.y Setup Darwin on macOS (the version number x.y will change as updates are issued). We strongly recommend that you accept the default installation settings.

Do not run the application from the installer, as it must be started with the Start Calibration button in Device Console.