Sonarworks tells us that by adding 6 headphone models, Sonarworks Reference 3.1 plug-in now delivers accurate and hassle-free studio sound on 24 popular studio headphone models. Due to popular demand, the company has added 6 new headphones to the average calibration profile list:
Here's more details in Sonarworks' own words...
REFERENCE 3.1 now also features extended target curve customization functionality - another much requested feature.
Even $1500 headphones like Sennheiser HD800 can benefit tremendously from calibration. "My HD800 now sounds unbelievably good and even more neutral than HD600 in its natural state. I am not sure if that kind of sound quality can be achieved by any other headphones on the market," said Eric Schulz from Germany who was the first to get his HD800 individually calibrated. With REFERENCE 3.1 everyone can upgrade even these top of the line headphones with a few mouse clicks.
By employing a patent-pending measurement method, Sonarworks identifies sonic aberrations in headphones and corrects them using a DAW plug-in. The sonic signature of every headphone is tuned to a target frequency response, which makes them sound like flat speakers in a well-treated studio. With REFERENCE 3.1 plug-in, engineers are able to mix with confidence, knowing how their work will translate to other sound systems. All calibrated headphones share the same tonality, which is very useful when collaborating over distance.
The standard version of headphone calibration does not require any extra hardware. Anyone using a pair of supported headphones will be able to enjoy reference headphone sound in a matter of minutes. A 21-day free trial is available on the company website.
The plug-in for digital audio workstations (DAWs) is offered in AU, AAX Native, RTAS and VST standards and compatible with both OSX and Windows.
Sonarworks is a recording studio software development company specializing in acoustic calibration and DAW plug-ins. Accurate sound is our passion. Based on extensive experience in calibrating studio control rooms, Sonarworks patent pending technology has been developed over a course of 3 years.
Pricing and Availability:
Currently, a single license for Sonarworks REFERENCE 3.1 headphone plug-in costs $69/69€ and individual headphone measurement service is available at a special introductory price of $44/44€ here.