Reviews

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Word from the industry

World class engineers use Sonarworks

A much needed new standard on headphone calibration and compatibility.
Rafa Sardina Producer, Mixing and Mastering Engineer
12 Grammy awards, 35 nominations, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Luis Miguel, Alejandro Sanz
I had practicality retired my HD600's when I came across Sonarworks. I downloaded the free demo and to my surprise the headphones came alive! I've now reincorporated them into my critical mix decision making. I can now carve out offensive frequencies plus add the perfect amount of weight and clarity to my mix with great confidence.
Abraham Martinez Mixer, Engineer
3 Latin Grammy Awards
With the Sonarworks headphone correction system, I can take my sessions on the road, and pick up right where I left off in the studio. The transition from monitors to headphones has never been smoother.
Christopher Tin Composer, Engineer
2 Grammy awards
After I discovered the Sonarworks Headphone plug-in, it became an indispensable tool when I’m using headphones to record, edit and mix. I like to work in-the-box on my laptop and this tool gives me more confidence and accuracy. Also it brought more freedom for the way I produce in a traditional studio environment.
Alê Siqueira Record producer
3 Latin Grammy Awards and the Musical Director of Olympics Closing Ceremony Rio 2016

Media reviews

Sonarworks in the press

“The Sonarworks Reference plug-in makes a difference that is out of all proportion to its modest price, and is capable of turning an unremarkable pair of headphones into a serious mix tool.”

Without wishing to sound too hyperbolic, I’d say that this plug-in goes a long way towards making a cheap pair of headphones like the 7506s as useful for mixing as many pricey open-backed ‘phones.

Sonarworks Reference 3
SoundOnSound, May 2015 Issue

“The result was huge, and massively for the better.”

Most importantly, the mid-range issues were significantly improved, but the lower frequencies also came up in the mix. Switching to the averaged calibration profile for the same headphones resulted in a similarly big sonic change, with subtle, but audible, differences from the custom profile.

Sonarworks Reference 3
Attack Magazine, February 9th

“Sonarworks Headphone Calibration software has not only upgraded my already brilliant KRK KNS8400 headphones but also given me back a workflow that for many years I wasn't comfortable using.”

In the past I have found mixing on headphones a struggle especially when working with monitors as this often mislead some important mix decisions. I've always found it difficult to trust one set of monitors over a set of headphones.

Review Of Sonarworks Headphone Calibration Software
Pro Tools Expert, September 11th

“The idea of making any pair of headphones flat and faithful is very appealing, especially for the price. And the fact that you can send in your headphones to have them measured pushes the concept even further.”

You all know what it's like to finish a mix that sounds amazing on your headphones and then try to show it to your grandma on her hi-fi system, only to discover that it sounds terrible. The mix is completely different: It lacks lows on the chorus but has too much on the verse, the vocals can't be heard. In short, it's awful. Granny is about to disown you...Until Sonarworks comes along to save the day.

High Caliber
Audiofanzine, June 17th

“Using Sonarworks on my master buss compensated for the uneven frequency response of my headphones, and without much tweaking at all.”

The GUI is super intuitive so it took minimal effort to dial in exactly what I needed. There’s a slider that allowed me to determine how much EQ I needed, and I found that backing it down a hair gave me what sounded most “even” to my ears. Setting the EQ to “linear phase” also sounded best to me, but the difference between linear and minimal is pretty subtle.

Review: Sonarworks Headphone Calibration
The Pro Audio Files, March 24th

“There’s really nothing else out there that’s quite like Reference 3 for headphones.”

We tested the average curve on our set of KRK KNS8400s, and a specific curve on a set of Sony MDR-7506s and were pretty amazed – we always felt the KRK cans were lacking in sub, but never knew there was such a low-mid bump and high-frequency peaks. Even just using the average file, the sound felt much smoother and less fatiguing. The Sony headphones also felt much less brash with the plug-in engaged, and the sound when switching between the two was surprisingly similar.

Sonarworks Reference 3 Headphone Calibration Plug-In Review
MusicTech, July 7th

User testimonials

Our users love us as well

The Sonarworks Reference plug-in makes a difference that is out of all proportion to its modest price, and is capable of turning an unremarkable pair of headphones into a serious mix tool.

Christopher Tin
March 2016

It makes my AKG 702s significantly more trustworthy as a second mix reference. In other words, the plugin makes checking my mixes via headphones suck much less by making them more accurate. But the raison d’etre why I really like this plugin is that it makes the pain go away. Allow me to explain: I suffer from severe headaches that become migraines if I forget to take a ten minute break every hour. The plugins ability to tame/balance the 702s frequency response oddities make prolonged headphone usage much less fatiguing on my poor ears.

Christopher Tin
March 2016

The Sonarworks Reference plug-in makes a difference that is out of all proportion to its modest price, and is capable of turning an unremarkable pair of headphones into a serious mix tool.

Christopher Tin
March 2016