Sonarworks in Education

Sonarworks is being used as a teaching tool in the classroom for demonstrating the critical importance of frequency response and room interference. Contact us by email:

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Will Pirkle

Assistant Professor of Music Engineering Technology at University of Miami, Frost School of Music

I can say without hesitation that this is a product worth checking out and I can not wait until I get my students up and running with it.  With Sonarworks, I believe that we may finally have a solution to get consistently even results across the spectrum of gear, from our multi-million dollar studios to the student’s dorm room setups and everything between. What a fantastic pairing of education and technology this makes!

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Bill Crabtree

Assistant Professor, Coordinator Production & Technology at Middle Tennessee State University

Today, with most students having their own workstation at home, they do a lot of mixing and editing work in an environment that we (faculty) have no control over. Sonarworks allows us to create some consistency between our on-campus studios and the student’s home systems. Every system is different, but Sonarworks Reference 4 does allow students to trust their home systems to a much greater degree.

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Craig Anderton

Author and Educator at

Once you start mixing with Sonarworks, you don’t want to mix without it.

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Gillian Desmarais

K-8 Fine Arts Director and Music Teacher at Pioneer Charter School of Science in Everett, Massachusetts

I am incredibly impressed. This was a wonderful tool and resource for my 8th-grade students. Incorporated as part of a STEM lesson, Sonarworks provided them a better visual for understanding sound and ways of enhancing its quality in an un-ideal environment.

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Gabe Herman

Assistant Professor of Music Industry at University of Hartford

Students in our program love using Reference 4 because it improves the performance of their speakers and headphones in the classroom and in their untreated dorm rooms—this results in more informed mix decisions and better translatability between their personal work space and our teaching studios.

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Mark Bassett

Director of Academic Quality Assurance, Senior Lecturer at SAE Institute Australia

Sonarworks software has incredible potential as a learning/teaching tool both in and out of the classroom.

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Sonarworks Supports the Ableton Certification Program

We are proud to announce that we are supporting Ableton Certified Trainers by equipping them with Reference 4. Find out about certified trainers in your area:

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Sonarworks is invaluable to students

Sonarworks Reference 4 ensures that whatever environment students are mixing in, they all use a common flat frequency response.


by Craig Van ReMoortel, Drexel University

At Drexel University, we have great studios that I can work in, but each of them is different, and that makes moving projects between them a bit challenging. Also, my headphones are somewhat colored, which makes it harder for me to work from home. Sonarworks makes all of these environments sound the same, and now I can move between locations with ease. I can even mix on the train.

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by Fernanda Herrara Lendechy, SAE Mexico City

Sonarworks lets me visualize the frequency response of each room I work in. It really gives me a good feel of how the speaker placement affects my home studio. I’ve got a much better sense of how the room is affecting the timbre of the instruments I am mixing. I love this software.

Improved Mixing Results

by Kaela Dunlap, Shenandoah Conservatory

When I started working on the Sonarworks monitoring target, it was much easier than I initially thought. The drums, for example, sounded much more spot-on in my latest assignment, which my professor also appreciated and complimented. I’m a lot more confident that my mixes will translate. Very happy.


by Chris Mallamaci, Emerson College

I like working on music with my talented friend from high school. Even though we are thousands of miles apart, we can still find some consistency in our mixes because we both use the same flat frequency curve. This tool rocks!

Do It All on a Student Budget

by Rory Higginson, Northeastern University

I'm still working on the same monitors I’ve had since high school. I'm used to them and I don’t really want to buy expensive monitors until I can afford something great. With Reference 4, I can get great results without trying to spend money that I don’t have. 

Pricing for Students and Teachers

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