J. Cole fans will remember the scene in his 2014 Forest Hills Drive documentary series where Cole listens to his album on studio monitors, earphones, and a car in order to ensure that his music sounded the same in every setting. Sonarworks commits to making every speaker and headphone in music creation deliver the same consistent reference sound. Earlier this year we reviewed Sonarworks' Reference 3 (which we called "an absolute game changer, and an essential purchase for any professional producer or engineer"), and this month they released their latest version, Reference 4. Checkout the press release below, and be sure to note the major update that all Reference 4 owners will receivie later this year.
October 2017 - The new Reference 4 lets music creators be confident about their monitoring by removing tonal coloration from their headphones and studio speakers. A huge problem for music creators is inaccurate monitoring. 67% admit that their headphones and studio speakers can't be fully trusted. It leads to uncertainty and cripples creativity. Sonarworks commits to making every speaker and headphone in music creation deliver the same consistent reference sound. Our clients already have left monitoring worries behind - 96% feel more confident working on the gear they already have. Endless last minute fix chasing and countless double checking runs are a thing of the past.
Adored and relied on by thousands of studios around the globe Sonarworks software removes sound coloration from monitors in purpose built control rooms as well as more down-to-earth locations. The fourth generation of Reference software increases accuracy and works in every studio scenario. Now even more music creators can focus on creating music instead of worrying about their equipment.
Our supported headphone library has grown to 101 models. Old profiles have been updated for even better accuracy, due to improved measurement technology and vastly larger measured sample sizes. The speaker measurement module has been improved for even better usability, so everyone can reliably measure their setup in less than 10 minutes. By the end of 2017 the speaker measurement module will be updated with an overhauled averaging algorithm to better account for different sweetspot distances from monitors. All Reference 4 users will get this feature for free.
More information and a 21-day full-functionality free trial is available on the company website: https://www.sonarworks.com/reference Sonarworks Reference 4 Headphone Edition is available for 99 USD/EUR and the Studio Edition starts at 249 USD/EUR. Both packages now feature Systemwide, making it an even better value. The plug-in for digital audio workstations (DAWs) is offered in AU, AAX Native, RTAS and VST standards and compatible with both macOS and Windows.
Sonarworks is a recording studio software development company specializing in acoustic calibration and DAW plugins. Accurate sound is our passion. The company was founded in 2013 and entered the pro audio market in 2015.