Current release version: 188.8.131.52
Current Beta version: no Beta available
Releasing Beta versions of Reference is one of the key aspects of the software update workflow. Major software updates (and sometimes smaller ones too) require larger-scale testing before they are publically announced and pushed to the front of the installer. Beta releases are not officially announced in our newsletters but they are publically available (install instructions below).
Why install a Beta version and what to expect?
|✔️ Pros:||❌ Cons:|
|Software bug fixes||Stability issues|
|New features||Features removed/replaced|
|Functionality improvements||Unexpected functionality changes|
|Design improvements||Lack of FAQ content|
Apart from testing the performance of new features, functionality improvements, and user interface changes, Beta releases also contain a lot of bug fixes. Beta versions are also sometimes released to test fixes for separate software issues if they are significant. Changes implemented in Beta versions are NOT documented in release notes; they can only be found in our beta testing communities (more on that below).
Keep in mind that in Beta releases there is potential for unforeseen stability issues due to the changes we've made. Take that into consideration before you proceed with Beta. Reach out to our support team if you're experiencing serious issues. You can always revert back to previous stable versions - they are available on our download center.
Help us with your feedback!
Beta releases are announced in various beta testing platforms and communities. In other words, they are not just passive testing tools - we are actually looking for user feedback and constructive criticism! This gives us a better idea of how the changes we're making are impacting our users and helps us assess the scale of any issues. If you are serious about beta testing and want to take part, join the Sonarworks Beta Community Facebook group.
Accessing and installing Beta
Beta releases are available in our Reference 4 online installer (for both Windows and Mac), download here. Make sure you choose the Online version of the installer! Launch the installer and proceed until you reach the 'Select product to install' window. Click on 'Customize' under the Headphone/Studio Edition options:
The 'Customize' window will now open. Here you can also make custom choices of which product modules to install and assign custom install locations. In the software version field, click on the ⌵ drop-down arrow. If a beta version is currently available, it will show up in the drop-down menu as one of the options to install:
From that point on, it works as a regular installation - simply install and you're good to go! Don't forget to share your feedback or submit a support ticket if you're experiencing any issues!