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First steps

Starting the Dirac Live application

To start Dirac Live calibration, click on the START CALIBRATION button. The Device Console will disconnect and the Dirac Live application will start.

Dirac Live buttons - miniDSP Device Console

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Be sure to start the Dirac Live application from within the Device Console using the START CALIBRATION button. If you open the Dirac Live application by itself, it will not be able to detect the SHD.

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Dirac Live calibration can not be performed over the network, so the START CALIBRATION button will be visible only if the SHD is connected to the computer by USB.

Dirac account login or creation

The Dirac Live application works better when you are logged into your Dirac account. The first time you start it, the option to log in or create an account appears.

You can log in here if you have a Dirac account. If you do not have an account, you can create one by clicking on "Create or manage your account." This will direct you to the Dirac Live website.

If you wish, you can click "Proceed without logging in" to perform a calibration. You can return to this tab later and create an account by selecting Login from the hamburger menu.

The following functions are enabled only if you are logged into your Dirac account:

  • Load a previously saved project. You can only load an existing project if you are logged into a Dirac account. If you don't log in, you will be able to save your measurements as a project, but you will not be able to open them again.

  • Other optional or paid-for features. miniDSP always provides the "full" version of Dirac Live with its products, so you do not need to log in to use the full version of Dirac Live if you have a miniDSP product.

Select device

The only device visible here will be the miniDSP SHD. If necessary, close the help overlay that obscures the device icon. Click on the device icon to select it and proceed to the next tab.

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If Dirac Live doesn't find your device, see Solving connectivity issues.

Features of the Dirac Live UI

Once you have selected the miniDSP SHD, the full Dirac Live UI becomes visible. This section describes the common features of the UI.

The sidebar shows the currently selected device. The lower portion lists loaded filters. The sidebar can be closed with this icon:

Loaded filters

After correction filters have been loaded into the miniDSP SHD, the list of loaded filters appears here.

Tab selection menu

Once the output device has been selected, the main tab menu appears. This menu indicates which tab you are currently viewing. Each tab has buttons to navigate to the previous and next tabs. You can also navigate directly to a tab by clicking on its name in the menu.

Main display area

The Main display area contains the key information of each tab.

The "hamburger" icon towards the top left drops down a menu with a number of useful items:

Notifications

When events happen, a notification appears to the top right of the window. Normal notifications are in green, with warnings and errors in black and orange:

To close a notification, click on the "X" at its top right.

Help overlay

The help overlay appears on each tab the first time you open it. You can scroll to read all of it. Note that the recommendations in the Help overlay are generic -- that is, they do not necessarily apply to the specific device that you are using. For example, it may say "If your HiFi device has a microphone..." -- this does not apply to the miniDSP SHD.

To close the overlay, click on the icon at its top right (partially obscured in the screenshot on page 22):

To open the help overlay again, click on the question mark icon:

The navigation buttons to the lower left and lower right of the main display area link to the next and previous tab, using the order in which a complete calibration is normally performed.

Saving and loading projects

To save the project, click on the hamburger icon and select Save project.

To load the project, click on the hamburger icon and select Load project.

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If you save the project and you are not logged into your Dirac account, you may not be able to load that project again. Be sure to log into your Dirac account before saving the project.

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