Sonarworks has released Reference 4, a new version of the Reference audio correction software, which is designed to equalize the amplitude-frequency response of headphones and studio monitors and provides accurate reference sound from reproducing devices. Reference 4 removes unwanted coloration from studio speakers and headphones.
Quite simply speaking, an equalizer is integrated into the audio output of your operating system in order to equalize the sound compromises of your speaker or headphone.
In addition to the previous options for matching speaker and headphone characteristics, Reference 4 now also includes an extension with which the measured sound profile can also be used at the operating system level and not just as a plug-in in a DAW environment.
Sonarworks Reference 4 has a large set of ready-made profiles (presets) for various models of headphones and studio monitors. There are updated regularly and are available to users as updates.
When using a specific corrective preset, it is possible to adjust the intensity of the equalization. The program has a button to instantly enable/disable settings, so you can evaluate changes in the sound. It is also possible to switch between L / R channels and enable Mono mode.
In addition to the use of ready-made templates, Reference 4 can interact with measuring microphones, which allows for a full calibration of acoustics. To create the most accurate custom template, the program offers step-by-step intuitive tuning taking into account the characteristics of the room and the location of the microphone.
Sonarworks Reference 4 can be used as a plug-in DAW plug-in (AU / AAX / VST / RTAS), or as a standalone application. Windows and Mac operating systems are supported.