Yes I put the same setting from the DriveRack into the 31 band EQ VST. The VST is a dual channel version so I was able to use independent setting (like the DriveRack does) for left and right.
Thanks for the tips on the settings. I do have one set of speakers that does have boosting below 300 hz and I will try modifying the setting and do a mix or two to see the improvements.
Yes, I understand the ARC would do the job much better and really this was done as a inexpensive experiment to find out a few things:
1-to see how well my room was treated. Less EQing would mean the treatment was satisfactory. Actually, I looked at the results and notice the left side have more bass correction than the right (due to the fact that the left side face a corner in the back) so I modified my bass traps and changed some things and made another pass with the DBX. I did that about two more times, adjusting , and then checking and now the left side has a lot less eqing than it did before.
2-to see if I was really going to keep the BX8A's. Up until about six weeks ago, I was using a set of KRK Rokit 5 monitors. I had been using them for about a year but not liking the results. I sold them after getting a great deal on 2 sets of speakers for $500.00. A set of Yamaha HS50Ms and the M-Audio Bx8As. I LOVE the Yamaha's. Best mixing speakers I ever had. I wanted the BX8A to be sort of like mains, to track with and to check mixes on but not be the main mixing speakers. However, the bass was undefined and boomy and I found the top end somewhat harsh. After the Eqing though, they sound great. Better imaging and better bass translation, they have become quite useful.
3-to see if using Arc would be useful to me. Arc is very expensive and before I purchase it I wanted to know if it would worth it. if I had been as satisfied as I am with the improvements on the M-Audio's,just with the eq, I would be getting rid of them and getting something else. I would have not been able to afford new speakers and ARC as well. So if ARC hadn't help the BX8a's I would have been stuck with them while I saved up to replace them. But since the EQ experiment worked out, I can keep the BX8a and move toward making ARC my next purchase before I start mixing down.
All in all, the experiment is a success to me as for as I am concerned. I was able to check and correct my room treatment, decide on if I was going to keep the m-Audio's and that realized ARC would help all my speakers. I will be more than satisfied to keep using the EQ setting that I have right now while I finish off writing my material. And who knows my ears might get so used to the sound that I will not want ARC.
I honestly feel that some people do not spend enough time getting to know their speakers and room before the make a judgment. When I first got Har-Bal I originally installed it on our main computer (my DAW was under construction) in our living room and got AMAZING results on a set of small Altec Lansing book-shelf speakers. When I moved Har-Bal to my DAW (and removed it from the living room) my results where not so good. Why? Because when I come home from work my wife and I do not watch much TV we mainly listen to music and talk. So for 4 to 5 hours every evening we have music playing in our living room and we have been doing so through the same system in the same apartment for years. My ears have just become accustomed to that environment. When I moved it to my studio, everything was so new in their I was not sure about the changes I was making. However after using Har-Bal in my studio for a couple of weeks now, my work far surpasses my work in the living room because of the superior listening environment and the higher quality monitors. Also I spent a great deal of time in the room to get accustomed to all the new changes.
I think sometimes monitors get blamed when other problems may be the factor. Sure, a set of Adam A7's will outperform a set of BX8a's or SR8's, but so they should at over double the price. I believe a well treated room and even a ARCing to tweak it will make any speaker sound better and a lot of the mid priced monitors available would be more than sufficient for the average home project studio. Especially if they take the time to learn the speakers. I saw this guy on You-tube showing off his Nekko and a set of Adam A7's. He had them set up in a completely untreated environment (his living room) and I thought to myself, how good will that sound? Adam make great speakers but they still need the proper (or maybe even more so) treatment in the listening room. For the same price as the Adam monitors, he could have bought cheaper monitors and spent the difference on room treatment. He would most likely get better results even though the monitors would be of lower quality.