Sonarworks Reference is a popular piece of software for correcting the frequency response of your headphones or studio space so they more accurately reproduce the material you are working on. Sonarworks has now released Reference version 4 with the important addition of zero-latency monitoring. By eliminating latency from the equation, Reference 4 can now be used at the recording stage during tracking. Sonarworks promises “instant response” for its plug-in, which sounds impressive considering everything is happening digitally, in real time!
Furthermore, Reference 4’s library of supported headphones has grown to 101 models, and older profiles have been made more accurate – thanks to improvements in measurement technology and much larger sample sizes. The speaker measurement module has been updated as well. With the new usability improvements, Sonarworks claims it takes less than 10 minutes for anyone to be able to reliably measure their set up’s frequency response.
Additionally, the upcoming months will see the company bring a reworked averaging algorithm so that “sweet spot” distances from the monitors will be measured more effectively. It will be a free update for Reference 4 users.
While we don’t have first hand impressions of Sonarworks’ software, we do know that the application is well-established on the market, updated regularly, and priced affordably. If you consider acoustics vitally important for the quality of your productions, you will most certainly benefit from measuring and frequency correction software like Reference 4.
Price and availability
Sonarworks Reference 4 is available in a 99 USD / EUR Headphone edition and a 245 USD / EUR Studio Edition. Upgrade prices can be had as well. The plug-in is available in AU, AAX, RTAS, and VST formats for Windows and Mac computers.