Reference 4.4 Release Notes

Reference 4.4.1 Release Notes

Date of release: 22/10/2019


  • Headphone profile list now batches the headphone profiles by manufacturer instead of showing all profiles in a single alphabetical list
  • Added links to Privacy Policy in several views
  • Added an optional Safety Buffer in Settings – Audio. Selecting this can solve minor sound artefacts present in some setups
  • Buttons in New update available alerts now lead to Reference Downloads page instead of serving an offline installer
  • Several minor design tweaks, including title bar appearance and visual element alignment
  • Opening a SWPROJ or SWHP file now opens the Add Preset dialogue with the specific file already loaded in place
  • Educational licenses displayed correctly in UI and license views
  • Preset names are generated automatically when copying an existing preset. User can still edit the name if necessary
  • If no devices are available, correct disabled states are presented in Settings
  • When adding Individually Calibrated headphones, type cursor placed in the input field as the view is opened
  • When adding new Average correction profiles, preset names are generated automatically. User can still edit the name if necessary
  • Added a Restart audio playback engine in the set-up guide of Systemwide which can solve some audio issues occurring the set-up
  • In-app survey for new users now appears later and only after some audio has passed through Systemwide
  • Fixed a bug that prevented changing volume if no preset was selected
  • Fixed a bug which caused channel names to be displayed incorrectly in Settings view
  • Fixed a bug that caused onboarding tooltips to appear incorrectly
  • Fixed a bug that caused Systemwide to crash when quitting the app
  • Fixed a bug that caused Systemwide to display the wrong output channel name
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Systemwide to crash on startup
  • Fixed a bug that caused Systemwide to show Your trial has ended alert for new users
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Systemwide showing all available buffer sizes in ASIO mode for some devices
  • Other minor minor visual and performance fixes


  • Fixed a bug which prevented Individually Calibrated headphone profiles to be loaded in the plugin
  • Added links to Privacy Policy in several views


  • Added links to Privacy Policy in several views

Reference 4.4. Release Notes

Date of release: 26/09/2019


  • New Presets sidebar allows easier management of user output devices and calibration profiles. More info regarding this can be found here.
  • [Win] Users can now launch Systemwide in ASIO mode if their output device does not support WASAPI. You can find the option to do so in Settings – Audio.
  • Starting from this release onwards Systemwide will detect if a new version is released and notify the user. User can also manually check for updates from Systemwide GUI. Disable the notifications from Settings – Notifications.
  • [macOS] Support for macOS 10.15 Catalina added
  • Output channels can be selected separately, as opposed to having them in pairs. Useful for switching the Left/Right channels or configuring more complex setups.
  • Retry button now available if license activation fails due to network issues.
  • Systemwide starts in Dark Theme for new users if their operating system is set to dark mode too.
  • User has the option to disable the GPU process, which can decrease energy consumption but might introduce visual artifacts. Find the option in Settings – General.
  • Setup guide flow slightly improved to provide more clarity for new users.
  • [macOS] Fixed a bug that caused multiple notifications to appear at the same time.
  • [Win] Fixed a bug that prompted users to calibrate unsupported devices, crashing the playback engine.
  • [Win] Fixed an issue with a white border for the title bar in the Dark Theme.
  • [Win] Added the missing title for Systemwide in the taskbar.
  • Added the version and build numbers to the license information view.
  • Minor design and performance updates.


Starting from this release onwards Reference Plugin will detect if a new version is released and notify the user. User can also manually check for updates from the Plugin.

Reference 4.3.5 release notes

Date of release: 14/08/2019


  • [Win] Fixed a bug that caused playback engine failure when launching Systemwide.
  • [macOS] Fixed a bug that caused playback engine failure when selecting aggregate devices


  • [Win] Added support for Avid HDX devices
  • [macOS] Fixed a bug that prevented Measure from requesting Microphone access.

Reference 4.3.4 release notes

Date of release: 13/08/2019


  • [MacOS] Fixed a bug that disabled the DSP if a full license and an expired HP edition trial are present
  • [Win] Fixed an issue that caused installation failure on Windows 8.1 due to driver signature

Reference 4.3.3 release notes

Date of release: 08/08/2019


  • Default output device take-over logic updated. Systemwide will stay the default system output device by default. When new system output device is selected, Systemwide will take-over and calibrate the new device. This can be disabled in Systemwide Settings -> Audio. When feature disabled, a new alert is implemented when system output device is changed. This too can be disabled from Systemwide Settings -> Notifications. For more info regarding this feature please see this article.
  • New alert when other apps take exclusive access to the audio device that is currently active in Systemwide. Alert can be disabled from the alert itself or by visiting Systemwide Settings -> Notifications
  • Alerts in dark theme have been updated with the dark theme colors as well
  • Latency menu expanded further, showing Internal Buffer, Internal Processing and Output Device latency
  • Test tones normalized between left and right channels
  • Added alert that informs user that the audio playback engine can’t be started and a new button in Systemwide Settings -> Audio t
  • hat restarts the engine
  • [Win] Added support for Windows 1903 update
  • [Win] Added support for multi-channel format devices (configured with more than 2 channels)
  • Peak indicators added for the level meters
  • Added a new view in the setup guide that prompts users to return to Systemwide after launching Measure
  • Log files older than 7 days are now automatically deleted on Systemwide launch
  • Removed the timer for “New device found” alert – now it will be open indefinitely, until the user acts on it. Alert can be disabled by using the checkbox in the alert itself or by visiting Systemwide Settings -> Notifications
  • Safe headroom now turns on by default when loading a profile in an empty state
  • Some scaling issues fixed for multiple display setups
  • Some missing hover states for buttons implemented
  • [OSX] Target curve switching performance updated
  • [OSX] Fixed a bug that caused Systemwide to close very slowly
  • [Win] Fixed a bug which caused Systemwide to misbehave when unsupported devices are connected. Problem was caused by devices that have a Mono Audio Channel setup in Windows Speaker Setup.
  • [OSX] Fixed a bug that caused HDMI and Thunderbolt devices to appear by their connection type instead of device name
  • [OSX] Fixed a random volume spike when launching on boot
  • [OSX] Fixed a bug regarding clock sources for some audio devices that caused audio artifacts
  • [OSX] Fixed volume logic in cases when switching to a device with a different sample rate
  • [OSX] Fixed a rare bug that crashed Systemwide when tray icon clicked
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when updating to 4.3 and migrating settings


  • When pressing “Add headphones” in Plugin, Systemwide is opened in the HP selection screen. Selected headphone profile is automatically loaded in the Plugin.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Reference license activation from Plugin in Avid Pro Tools


  • 3 new alerts implemented in the speaker distance measurement stage in the following cases:
    • Mono signal detected from speakers
    • User is standing at the wrong speaker or speakers are set up in reverse
    • No signal from left or right speaker
  • When Measure crashes a link to the log file is displayed, making it more convenient for the user to report the issue to Sonarworks support team
  • Fixed a bug during activation that caused incorrect email address processing if special characters included
  • Fixed a bug that allowed multiple instances of Measure to be opened when launching from Plugin or Systemwide
  • Fixed a bug that caused microphone calibration data to appear incorrectly

Reference 4.3.2 release notes

Date of release: 25/06/2019


  • Fixed the issue of clicks and pops on Windows.
  • OSX: fixed a bug that only played audio to the first channel pair for multichannel devices.
  • Windows: fixed the issue of installation files missing.
  • OSX: fixed the issue of System sample rate not synchronizing with Systemwide sample rate, causing deadlocks and loss of audio when changing settings in Audio MIDI Settings or when opening DAWs with different sample rates.
  • Fixed the issue of Systemwide freezing when trying to close the app.
  • Fixed a bug in “Test output” button which froze the Settings view.
  • Sliders improved – Dry/Wet slider, Gain slider and Bass Tilt/Boost sliders can be set to a precise value by dragging them, clicking on them or scrolling with the mouse wheel.
  • Implemented a simple survey for new users.
  • New and improved alerts when attaching new devices and other warnings. OSX: users informed about Microphone Access before the system asks for the permission.
  • Small improvements in new user onboarding process.
  • Shortcuts implemented:
    • Alt+Left click on Systemwide icon in Menu Bar / Tray Menu turns calibration on/off
    • Spacebar turns calibration on/off when Systemwide UI is open
    • Ctrl+, (Win) or Command+, (OSX) opens Settings when Systemwide UI is open
    • Escape closes Settings or License information views
  • Notifications and tray icon context menu supports Unicode characters
  • Other minor improvements in design and functionality


  • Fixed a bug that crashed DAWs when Reference Plugin is in a project and the internet connection is lost.
  • When launching Systemwide from Plugin, Systemwide will appear in front

Reference 4.3 release notes

Date of release: 11/06/2019


  • A new onboarding experience helping users to set up Systemwide properly.
  • On-demand headphone profile download speeds up set-up significantly and ensures that only necessary files are saved on users’ systems.
  • Users can now download profiles for their individually measured headphones directly in the app.
  • Menubar / tray menu that is both simplified and offers quicker access to essential features like changing Systemwide’s output device.
  • Dark theme for making the UI easier on the eyes for those of you working in the dark.
  • Improved virtual sound device performance and behavior.
  • Several minor improvements to make the UI more easily usable and informative.

Systemwide and Plugin

  • Mixed filter mode. An improved version of our previous ‘Optimum’ filter mode providing low latency with low phase distortion and much less noticeable pre-ringing artifacts. A great middle ground between the zero latency and linear phase modes!
  • Room measurement can now be launched directly from Systemwide as well as the DAW plugin.


  • The DAW plugin can now launch Reference Systemwide in cases where new headphone profiles must be downloaded to the system.

Reference 4.2 release notes

Date of release: 10/04/2019


  • Fix for a bug that did not allow to resume downloading after a connection error. (Windows)
  • Fix for a scenario when user or third party software removes the cached MSI files from “C:\Windows\Installer” folder and prevents uninstall or updates. (Windows)


  • Fix for a bug that prevented control of system volume when using certain output devices.
  • Drag and drop functionality added for a quick correction profile selection.
  • Fix for a bug that launched main UI to show after every reboot. (Windows)


  • Some ASIO drivers that were causing a crash in I/O selection step have been blacklisted. (Windows)
  • Fix for a bug that sometimes caused a Debug Mode crash or prevented the creation of log files. (Windows)
  • Fix for a bug that did not allow to select output channels other than the first pair (1-2) for some devices. (OSX)


  • Render Bypass notification design upgrade (text and option to turn off from the notification).
  • Added Render Bypass notification support for Ableton Live 10 Standard. (Windows)
  • Drag and drop functionality added for a quick correction profile selection.

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