Reference 4 Plug-in
Sonarworks headphone and room calibration can also be applied using the multi-format Reference 4 audio plug-in. It can be used with host software (e.g. DAW) that supports the following audio plug-in formats:
VST (Windows, Mac, Linux*)
AAX (Windows, Mac)
The Reference 4 installer will copy the plug-in into the common plug-in folders on your computer. In most cases, your host will then recognize it automatically on start-up, however, if it does not, please make sure that the plug-in is located in the correct folder and your host software is scanning the same folder. For more information on troubleshooting plug-in issues please refer to this article.
Using Reference 4 in the DAW
To start using the Reference 4 plug-in in a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
1. Create a new session or open an existing one in your DAW.
2. Find or open your audio mixer view and locate the stereo master bus. If your new session does not have a master bus (e.g. Pro Tools), please create one.
3. Insert the Reference 4 plug-in as the LAST plug-in on the master bus.
4. Load one of the pre-made average headphone calibration profiles (Headphone & Studio Edition) or a speaker calibration profile (Studio Edition) that can be created using Reference 4 Measure software.
We suggest that you keep the Reference 4 Plug-In inserted on the master bus throughout the entire recording, mixing and mastering process but it is important to remember that the Reference 4 Plug-in functions as a monitoring solution and should be
switched off before bouncing your project.
You can also use your plug-in on the monitoring bus (e.g. Cubase Control Room) if your DAW has one or there are ways you can create a custom routing to avoid the need to bypass the plug-in when you bounce your audio mixdown. Refer to this article for more information.
For a more detailed feature and settings review, please take a look at this Sonarworks blog entry here.