At Sonarworks, our ultimate goal is to help audio professionals spend more time being creative instead of worrying if their equipment sounds right. We strongly believe that our software can help all audio professionals, in carefully treated studios, simpler home setups, or anywhere in between. To achieve this, our software has to be extremely easy to set-up and generally get out of the users’ way, doing its work in the background.

We believe that calibration works best when applied globally on our users’ systems and it has to deliver a seamless, stable and consistent monitoring experience. This is why for the past couple of months we have continued our work on consolidating user experience around Reference Systemwide as the central hub of Reference.

To support seamless switching between different sets of speakers or headphones we have added the calibration preset sidebar. Calibration presets store your chosen calibration profile along with any DSP settings and can be assigned to any output pairs on your output device. You might find this feature useful if:

  1. Your calibrated headphones don’t share the same output channels on your interface as your speakers.
  2. You sometimes want to switch to your laptop’s uncalibrated built-in speakers and want Systemwide to remember that no calibration should be applied to this device.
  3. You want to easily switch between various DSP setting configurations of the same speaker or headphone calibration profile.
  4. You’d like to keep track of your speaker measurement history by creating a preset for each measurement within Systemwide.

In order to extend the range of audio interfaces that Systemwide can be used with, we’ve also implemented ASIO mode on Windows. If your device is incompatible with the WASAPI driver that Systemwide works in by default, you can switch to ASIO in Systemwide settings.

Last but not least, to allow users to keep Reference up to date, we’ve added notifications about updates in both Reference Systemwide and the DAW plugin.

An exhaustive list of improvements and fixes can be found here.


The Sonarworks Reference development team