Fluid Audio Image 2 SoundID Reference Instructions

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Getting started

• With the monitor’s power off, connect the left & right audio outputs of your interface to the left & right XLR inputs of the monitors.
• Position the Input switch to Analog (up position in photo) & position the other room switches to the zero (center) position.
• IMPORTANT: Make sure the output volume level on your audio interface is turned down.
• Power on your Image 2 monitors & check that you have audio when connected.
• The Image 2 DSP internal audio output sample rate is 192kHz / 24 bit, so you can set your audio interface to any sample rate up to 192kHz.
• You are now ready to begin the measure, export and upload process.
• A measuring microphone is needed to perform the measurments


Fluid Audio DCT Step 1

Prepare Image 2 for measurement


Download our DCT tool here:
OSX v12 and newer HERE
OSX V10 and V11 HERE

Install the DCT tool

You may have an early version of the controller firmware. If you get a msg that you need to update your units click ok and choose update firmware.

Download FW file HERE

Follow the instructions.

Connect the included USB cable from your mac or PC to the Left Image 2 monitor USB input. Turn the power switch On.

Launch the Fluid Audio DCT tool.


Fluid Audio DCT Step 2

Prepare Image 2 for measurement


Under Loudspeaker and Device choose the COM port that has registered the Image 2.


Fluid Audio DCT Step 2/3

Prepare Image 2 for measurement


Now press Measurment Mode to prepare the Image 2 for measurement.

Fluid Audio DCT Step 4

Prepare Image 2 for measurement


After pressing Measurement Mode, DCT will take a moment and show progress of entering this mode.

Fluid Audio DCT Step 5

Prepare Image 2 for measurement


DCT will prompt you when entering this mode is completed successfully. 

Fluid Audio DCT Step 6

Prepare Image 2 for measurement


You can now see that you are in Measurement Mode as the button turns Blue.
Now go back to Step 2 and do the same with the second monitor.

When done with both units open the SoundID Reference measurement app to begin setup and calibration.


Fluid Audio Image 2 Sonarworks Sound ID Reference Setup




Download & install SoundID Reference for Speakers & Headphones to your computer

SoundID Reference version 5.6 or newer supports Image 2 export.


When installed launch the SoundID Reference Measure app.
The 6-stage measurement process will take around 20-30 min to complete, depending on the complexity of your system/setup configuration:

Fluid Audio Image 2 Sonarworks Sound ID Reference Setup

Select your speaker configuration


Fluid Audio Image 2 Sonarworks Sound ID Reference Setup



Ensure that you follow the checklist so all is ready for your measurements.

Fluid Audio Image 2 Sonarworks Sound ID Reference Setup

Selecting input and checking mic


Select the microphone input where you have connected your measuring microphone, and follow the instructions on the screen.

    Fluid Audio Image 2 Sonarworks Sound ID Reference Setup


    STEP 11

    You’re now set to start the measurement of your room.
    Follow the on-screen guide as you are prompted to make a series of speaker measurements at different microphone locations around your room (37 in total).

    Fluid Audio Image 2 Sonarworks Sound ID Reference Setup

    Measurements done

    STEP 12

    Congratulations! Your measurements are completed.

    Fluid Audio Image 2 Sonarworks Sound ID Reference Setup

    Saving your room response

    STEP 13

    You must save your room response as a measurement profile.
    Once it is saved you can close the measure application, and open SoundID Reference.

    Fluid Audio Image 2 Sonarworks Sound ID Reference Setup

    Select your calibration profile

    STEP 14

    After you have selected the Outputs you are using to your speakers, you will need to Select the calibration profile you just created in the Measure application (found at the top of the SoundID Reference panel).

    Fluid Audio Image 2 Sonarworks Sound ID Reference Setup

    Target mode feature

    STEP 15

    SoundID Reference has introduced a Target Mode feature that allows the users to interact and switch between the following modes.
    Click each to get more info.

    Fluid Audio Image 2 Sonarworks Sound ID Reference Setup

    Limit Controls

    STEP 15

    The Limit Controls at the bottom of the window are used to control the amount of correction SoundID Reference software will apply to your speakers. The Limit settings may be adjusted in the Limit Controls menu at the bottom of the window. The Correction field lets you set a ceiling for the maximum amount of boost, in dBs, that the calibration will apply.

    The highpass and lowpass fields are used to set the cutoff frequencies of the calibration. Instead of SoundID affecting the frequency range of the entire mix, this will set the range within which the correction will take place.


    Fluid Audio Image 2 Sonarworks Sound ID Reference Setup

    Export Part 1

    STEP 16

    Now you are ready to export the calibration profile.
    Click on the 3 dots to the right of your calibration profile and a dropdown menu will appear. Select the forth option down, which is “export”.

    Fluid Audio Image 2 Sonarworks Sound ID Reference Setup

    Export Part 2

    STEP 17

    Choose Fluid Audio Studio Monitors in the list.

    Fluid Audio Image 2 Sonarworks Sound ID Reference Setup

    Export Part 3

    STEP 18

    Now choose where you want to store the file export. Make a note of where your place your file export as you will need it when using the Fluid Audio DCT app to upload to your Image 2 monitors. 

    Fluid Audio Image 2 Sonarworks Sound ID Reference Setup

    Export Part 4

    STEP 19

    Congratulations, you have now exported your SoundID Reference calibration profile for the Image 2 Reference Monitors. Now you are set to install the Fluid Audio DCT.

    Fluid Audio Image DCT

    Image 2 import Part 1

    STEP 20

    Go back to the Fluid Audio DCT.
    Choose profile 1 or the the profile you want to upload to. Remember to choose the same profile on both left and right monitor.
    Click upload profile button and find the calibration file you have exported and choose it.

    Fluid Audio DCT Step 21

    Image 2 import Part 2

    STEP 21

    When the calibration file is loaded, DCT will automatically populate the Profile field to 192kHz and Channel field to Left (the 192kHz cannot be changed, but the Left can be changed to Right, depending on which speaker you start with). Choose which Profile you want to install to (it will turn blue when selected) and press Upload to begin uploading the calibration file to your Image 2 monitor.

    Fluid Audio DCT Step 22

    Image 2 import Part 3

    STEP 22

    Once you have pressed Upload, DCT shows the progress. This should only take a few seconds.

    Fluid Audio DCT Step 23

    Image 2 import Part 4

    STEP 23

    Congratulations, you have now imported SoundID Reference calibration profile to your Image 2 Reference Monitors. Now do the same with the right monitor.

    Start with moving the USB cable from the LEFT unit to the RIGHT, then power on and continue from step 1 again.

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