Jun 11, 2021

SoundID Reference Release Notes

Release notes for 5.0.2

Date of release: 9 June 2021

SoundID Reference 

  • Major code refactoring to improve future troubleshooting and development time

  • Issue that caused volume spikes when adjusting sample rate fixed

  • [macOS] Issue with clicking sound when using SoundID Reference with the latest Safari browser update (14.1) fixed

  • Some occasional issues with New update available alert fixed

  • Some redundant items from Preferences and menus removed

  • [Windows] Issue with Windows audio device insert (APO) driver type imposing calibration limits fixed

  • [Windows] Some issues with preset creation for Virtual ASIO driver type fixed

  • Some generic/unknown errors replaced with more informative messages

  • [Windows] Deleting the configuration file drops all virtual ASIO device entries, to avoid multiple entries when reinstalling software

  • Collapsed preset menu in the sidebar now shows the appropriate HP or speaker icon, depending on which type of calibration profile is selected

  • Issue with text being cut off when resizing the window fixed

  • Support added for selecting headphone modes for individually calibrated headphones

  • Improved preset name renaming policies

  • User feedback issue when adding CAPS in the email address field fixed

  • Some typos fixed

SoundID Reference Measure

  • Debug mode file target location fixed

  • [Windows] Audio artifacts for UAD Apollo devices fixed

  • Tiny UI improvements, including the logo size and design

SoundID Reference plugin

  • Dark Theme for SoundID Reference plugin available through the menu

  • Translation Check curve not appearing when launching the plugin fixed

  • Several minor UI issues fixed: some missing elements, some wrong colors, some text underlining issues

  • Broken Privacy Policy link fixed

  • Some text fields updated

  • Hover states for Target Mode selection added

  • License information panel color issues and height issues fixed

  • [macOS] Improved AU plugin load time when launching DAW software or projects

  • The order for menu items has been changed

  • Latency always reported as 0 on launch issue fixed

  • Issue with EQ filters moving around when clicked on fixed

Known issues for version 5.0.2

High priority issues: these issues will be fixed within the next updates

SoundID Reference 

  • The Windows audio device insert driver (APO) driver type has compatibility issues with some specific hardware units, including RME and MOTU interfaces. If the driver type does not function as expected with your device, we advise you to use other driver types.

  • MIDI mapping has been removed from this version due to app crashing when using the feature. The next version will include a revamped MIDI mapping feature, allowing users to map presets, target modes, calibration state, gain and other parameters.

Other issues

SoundID Reference 

  • [Windows] The tray icon can sometimes turn blank. It can still be interacted with, but just a little bit harder to find.

  • If an output device is using the Windows audio device insert driver (APO), the audio stutters when the gain slider is moved. Users can adjust the system sound directly to avoid this.

  • “Play a test tone” does not function as expected when adding a new output device. This feature will be adjusted in the next release version.

  • “Listening spot” correction can't be disabled when using the Windows audio device insert (APO) driver type.

  • With “Custom Target” mode active when launching the app, the EQ filter dots may not appear. If this happens, the user can temporarily switch between target modes or presets to fix this.

  • SoundID Reference icon in the menu bar/tray menu looks active even when all valid output devices are removed and should appear inactive. Only a visual issue and has no effect on the functionality of the software

SoundID Reference Measure

  • The app can crash when gain level verification is cancelled or the I/O selection is closed. This can also happen if the microphone is disconnected during the measurement process.

  • WASAPI mode might display a warning to use 44.1 kHz sample rate, even if it's already set to 44.1 kHz.

SoundID Reference plugin

  • When several graphs are selected to display, the legend doesn't fade nicely and some graph titles only appear partially.

SoundID Reference installer

  • No option to customize the installation destination folder for any components.

Release notes for 5.0.1

Date of release: 24 March 2021

SoundID Reference 

  • [Win] Fixed multiple bugs that caused SoundID Reference to restart infinitely after launching and creating many Task Manager processes
  • Improved app behavior if launched alongside Reference 4 or other products. However, we still advise not to have multiple apps that perform systemwide calibration at the same time to avoid possible double correction or an endless loop of default device overtake
  • Fixed New update available notification - if the notification is enabled, the app will check for a new version automatically once a day. It can also be triggered manually from the main menu
  • Implemented an error message in case a profile can't be loaded
  • [Win] Implemented a mechanism to unregister virtual ASIO devices in case the configuration file is deleted
  • Fixed preset duplication function
  • Individually calibrated headphones with various modes now have the modes available with the same serial number
  • [Win] Overall stability increased for The Windows audio device insert driver (APO)
  • Additional volume adjustment logic has been implemented, but take caution when switching between, adding or removing devices
  • Various small UI fixes

SoundID Reference Measure

  • Success! animation has been fixed and should now appear after finishing the measurement process
  • [Win] Fixed a bug that caused Error initializing ASIO device most commonly encountered when using Apollo interfaces

SoundID Reference plugin

  • Fixed a UI issue where Custom Target EQ filters and calibration cutoff values appear to carry over to other target modes
  • Fixed a UI issue with the Listening Spot being stuck in Disabled state even when enabled
  • Fixed an issue of the AAX plugin not showing up in Pro Tools
  • Fixed an issue of multiple panels being open at the same time. Most panels are now exclusive
  • Some hover states implemented for Target Mode selection
  • Target and Calibration curves are now set as the default curves to be displayed. User can manually select a different set of curves
  • Various small UI fixes

Known issues for version 5.0.1

High priority issues: these issues will be fixed within the next updates

SoundID Reference 

  • The Windows audio device insert driver (APO) driver type still has some issues which will be addressed in the following weeks. If not working as expected, please use the Virtual audio device driver instead.
  • CPU can spike when EQ filters are moved in the Custom Target mode.
  • Volume spikes can occur when switching between devices with different driver types. Please take caution and set the hardware volume to low before switching between, adding or removing devices.

 

SoundID Reference plugin

  • CPU can spike when EQ filters are moved in the Custom Target mode.

Other issues

SoundID Reference 

  • [Windows] The tray icon can sometimes turn blank. It can still be interacted with, but just a little bit harder to find.
  • If an output device is using the Windows audio device insert driver (APO), the audio stutters when the gain slider is moved. Users can adjust the system sound directly to avoid this.
  • Preferences have some redundant items that have not been removed or fixed yet, including Enable debug mode, Output device changed notification and Default system output device is changed notification.

 

SoundID Reference Measure

  • The app can crash when gain level verification is cancelled or the I/O selection is closed. This can also happen if the microphone is disconnected during the measurement process.
  • WASAPI mode might display a warning to use 44.1 kHz sample rate, even if it's already set to 44.1 kHz.

 

SoundID Reference plugin

  • Some panels and pop-up alerts have misaligned text that overlaps other text.
  • AAX plugin should only be exposed as a stereo plugin in Pro Tools, but instead appears in a dozen of other formats.
  • When several graphs are selected to display, the legend doesn't fade nicely and some graph titles only appear partially.

 

SoundID Reference installer

  • [Win] Some users experience an error during installation. This is currently being investigated and will be fixed as soon as possible
  • No option to customize the installation destination folder for any components.

 

Release notes for 5.0.0

Date of release: 9 March 2021

SoundID Reference 

  • SoundID Reference visual brand and naming conventions implemented. This app is the successor to Reference 4 Systemwide, but is installed as a separate application on the user's computer.
  • Overall design overhaul. Output device preset sidebar can be hidden. The application window can be resized or zoomed in or out. Device settings are available next to each device instead of the Preferences panel.
  • Custom Target mode implemented. This feature allows modifying the target curve with a parametric EQ and limiting the calibration to a user-defined frequency region. The user can save several presets to easily recall specific target curves.
  • Translation Check mode implemented. This feature modifies the target curve to simulate specific playback devices or environments. The user can select favorites to scroll through quickly.
  • [Windows] New driver type for WASAPI output devices added - Windows audio device insert driver (APO). This driver type is installed on top of the output device driver and ensures lower latency without the use of a virtual audio device.
  • [Windows] New driver type for ASIO output devices added - Virtual ASIO to ASIO driver. This driver type creates a virtual ASIO device that can be used as an output device for the user's DAW. The virtual ASIO device does not provide systemwide calibration.
  • [Windows] The legacy WASAPI mode and ASIO mode have been removed. SoundID Reference lists all available WASAPI and ASIO output devices as selectable options, so the user can easily switch between them without relaunching the app.
  • Login-based authorization implemented. The user can use their existing or create a free Sonarworks account to start a free trial or manage the license activation keys and active devices. Offline activation is currently removed as an option.
  • Swap L/R channels option implemented to preview the sound with inverted stereo imaging.
  • New hints, tooltips and notifications added to guide new users throughout the app, replacing the in-app Set-up guide.
  • New keyboard shortcuts implemented. While the app is in focus, click M to toggle mute, N to toggle Mono, B to toggle channel swap.
  • Output device preset sidebar reorganized, tabs removed. Each added device has its own VU meters and a list of available presets. The user can switch between devices, channel pairs or presets with a single click.
  • [Windows] Windows 7 and 32-bit versions are no longer supported.
  • Various small fixes and UI improvements. Outgoing web links replaced with new ones, if applicable.

SoundID Reference Measure

  • SoundID Reference visual brand and naming conventions implemented. This app is the successor to Reference 4 Measure, but is installed as a separate application on the user's computer.
  • Visual design overhaul. Same functionality with a fresh look.
  • Login-based authorization implemented. The user can use their existing or create a free Sonarworks account to start a free trial or manage the license activation keys and active devices. Offline activation is currently removed as an option.
  • [Windows] Windows 7 and 32-bit versions are no longer supported.
  • Outgoing web links replaced with new ones, if applicable.

SoundID Reference plugin

  • SoundID Reference visual brand and naming conventions implemented. This plugin is the successor to Reference 4 plugin, but is installed as a separate plugin in your DAW.
  • Visual design overhaul. Some elements moved without affecting the functionality.
  • Custom Target mode implemented. This feature allows modifying the target curve with a parametric EQ and limiting the calibration to a user-defined frequency region. The user can save several presets to easily recall specific target curves.
  • Translation Check mode implemented. This feature modifies the target curve to simulate specific playback devices or environments. The user can select favorites to scroll through quickly.
  • Login-based authorization implemented. The user can use their existing or create a free Sonarworks account to start a free trial or manage the license activation keys and active devices. Offline activation is currently removed as an option.
  • Swap L/R channels option implemented to preview the sound with inverted stereo imaging.
  • New hints, tooltips and notifications added to guide new users throughout the plugin.
  • [Windows] 32-bit versions of the plugins are no longer supported.
  • Various small fixes and UI improvements. Outgoing web links replaced with new ones, if applicable.

SoundID Reference installer

  • SoundID Reference visual brand and naming conventions implemented.
  • [Windows] The installer is no longer supported on Windows 7 and does not install 32-bit products.
  • When selecting which components to install, Studio Edition and Headphone Edition are replaced with the options For Speakers & Headphones and For Headphones only.
  • Outgoing web links replaced with new ones, if applicable.

Known issues for version 5.0.0

High priority issues: these issues will be fixed within the first updates

SoundID Reference 

  • The Windows audio device insert driver (APO) driver type might not work on some output devices at all. Users can still use the Virtual Windows audio driver in these cases.
  • CPU can spike when EQ filters are moved in the Custom Target mode.
  • Volume spikes can occur when switching between devices with different driver types. Please take caution and set the hardware volume to low before switching between, adding or removing devices.
  • Unknown error while updating preset can occur. As of now, it is still unknown what causes these errors. Users might need to add a preset again. If you find the reproduction steps for this issue, please contact our support team.

SoundID Reference plugin

  • CPU can spike when EQ filters are moved in the Custom Target mode.

Other issues

SoundID Reference 

  • The SoundID Reference app can sometimes conflict with Reference 4, SoundID Listen Beta or True-Fi. To fix, only run one app at a time. One case reported where only one app can be installed at a time.
  • [Windows] The tray icon can sometimes turn blank. It can still be interacted with, but just a little bit harder to find.
  • New update available pop-up does not trigger automatically. Users can check for new versions by clicking Check for updates in the tray icon menu or from the menu in the GUI.
  • Duplicate preset doesn't work in the output device preset sidebar.
  • If an output device is using the Windows audio device insert driver (APO), the audio stutters when the gain slider is moved. Users can adjust the system sound directly to avoid this.
  • Preferences have some redundant items that have not been removed or fixed yet, including Enable debug mode, Output device changed notification and Default system output device is changed notification.

SoundID Reference Measure

  • The Success! animation at the end of a successful measuring process does not play. This does not affect profile creation, but it was a nice animation before it broke.
  • The app can crash when gain level verification is cancelled or the I/O selection is closed. This can also happen if the microphone is disconnected during the measurement process.
  • WASAPI mode might display a warning to use 44.1 kHz sample rate, even if it's already set to 44.1 kHz.

SoundID Reference plugin

  • When switching from  Custom Target mode to Flat Target mode, the visual adjustment of the target curve is still active. This does not affect the performance of calibration.
  • Multiple panels can be opened at the same time without closing. This does not affect the performance.
  • Switching between different calibration profiles retains the previously selected target mode for the specific profile, but it is not reflected in the target mode selection area.
  • Some panels and pop-up alerts have misaligned text that overlaps other text.
  • AAX plugin should only be exposed as a stereo plugin in Pro Tools, but instead appears in a dozen of other formats.
  • License information panel does not cover the whole area it should cover. Bits and pieces of the bottom bar are visible due to this.
  • When several graphs are selected to display, the legend doesn't fade nicely and some graph titles only appear partially.
  • The Render bypass notification alert is missing a checkbox to disable the alert. To avoid this issue, the user can disable this notification from the plugin settings in the upper right corner if needed.

SoundID Reference installer

  • No option to customize the installation destination folder for any components.