Nov 17, 2021

SoundID Reference Release Notes

Release notes for 5.2.1

Date of release: 17 November 2021

SoundID Reference

  • Fixed a visual issue of VU meters updating slower than they should

  • [macOS] Fixed an issue that could cause the application to crash when exporting a preset for hardware integration. This was only an issue on some older macOS versions

  • Updated external links in some pop-up alerts and dialogues

SoundID Reference plugin

  • Fixed an issue of headphone profiles being downloaded without the proper SWHP extension when downloading through the plugin

 

Known issues for version 5.2.1

High priority issues

These issues will be fixed within the next updates

SoundID Reference 

  • Play test tone does not work in some specific cases, e.g. when using Focusrite ASIO device with Virtual Windows audio to ASIO driver 

Other issues

SoundID Reference 

  • 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.

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.

 

Release notes for 5.2.0

Date of release: 9 November 2021

SoundID Reference

  • Presets can now be exported for integration with Jones-Scanlon Studio Monitors. From the preset menu (right-click on preset name or click the dots next to them) select Export and follow the instructions.

  • A variety of new average headphone profiles are added to SoundID Reference with a “For listening” tag. Our audio engineers recommend using these calibration profiles for recreational listening rather than for working with audio. Learn more about it in this article.

  • [Win] Multiple improvements for the Windows audio device insert (APO) driver type, which adds improved support for various output devices and fixes smaller issues

  • Fixed an issue that allowed enabling calibration through tray menu icon without a valid calibration profile loaded

  • [Win] Fixed an issue that sometimes caused SoundID Reference tray menu icon to appear blank

  • Added support for opening SWHP and SWPROJ files directly from Explorer/Finder or desktop. When opening such file, a preset will automatically be created for the currently active output device with the calibration profile opened.

  • [Win] Added an informational warning when applying Windows audio device insert (APO) driver type, as well as an informational pop-up once the driver has been installed.

  • [Win] Some issues specific to Windows 11 fixed.

  • [macOS] Fixed an issue that for some users prevented launching the application after computer restart.

  • Minor visual improvements and external link updates

SoundID Reference plugin

  • Headphone calibration profiles can now be browsed and selected directly from the plugin interface. Users can click on “Select your calibration profile”, “Add headphones” and select the calibration profile from the list.

  • Plugin window resize dropdown only shows available sizes depending on the monitor resolution, to avoid the plugin interface expanding outside of bounds

  • VST3 support added. All plugin formats are automatically installed as part of the full installation process. Users can select specific formats during installation by clicking “Customize” when selecting the products to install.

  • Minor visual improvements

SoundID Reference Measure

  • [Win] Fixed an issue of Measure crashing during Input/Output device selection step

 

Known issues for version 5.2.0

High priority issues

These issues will be fixed within the next updates

SoundID Reference 

  • Play test tone does not work in some specific cases, e.g. when using Focusrite ASIO device with Virtual Windows audio to ASIO driver 

Other issues

SoundID Reference 

  • 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.

SoundID Reference plugin

  • When adding a headphone calibration profile through the plugin interface, it is saved locally without the correct file extension. The calibration profile still works, but can’t be opened directly from the Finder/Explorer. To add the calibration profile again, please use “Add new headphones” instead.

 

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.

 

Release notes for 5.1.2.

Date of release: 2 November 2021

SoundID Reference plugin

  • [macOS] Fixed an issue of VST plugin crashing in same cases

SoundID Reference Measure

  • [Win] Fixed an issue of Measure crashing during Input/Output device selection step

Known issues for version 5.1.2.

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. Current investigation also shows some issues that cannot be solved on our side and will be forwarded to the device manufacturers.

  • Play test tone does not work in some specific cases, e.g. when using Focusrite ASIO device with Virtual Windows audio to ASIO driver 

SoundID Reference plugin

  • Possible to get stuck in Translation Check when selecting A-pods simulation preset. This will be fixed in the next update.

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. This will be fixed in the next update

  • 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.

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.

 

Release notes for 5.1.1.

Date of release: 5 October 2021

SoundID Reference 

  • [Win] Fixed an issue with SoundID Reference app not launching or freezing upon launch due to a deadlock with some 3rd party ASIO drivers.

SoundID Reference plugin

  • [macOS] Fixed an issue with the AU plugin not validating in Logic Pro

Known issues for version 5.1.1.

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. Current investigation also shows some issues that cannot be solved on our side and will be forwarded to the device manufacturers.

  • Play test tone does not work in some specific cases, e.g. when using Focusrite ASIO device with Virtual Windows audio to ASIO driver 

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.

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.

 

Release notes for 5.1.0.

Date of release: 28 September 2021

SoundID Reference 

  • Presets can now be exported for integration with Merging Technologies Anubis interfaces. From the preset menu (right-click on preset name or click the dots next to them) select Export and follow the instructions.

  • [Win] ASIO/WASAPI device management overhaul. When adding a new output device, the ASIO and WASAPI output devices are now separated. ASIO device behaviour is also adjusted, therefore many ASIO-related bugs are fixed. Due to the nature of ASIO drivers, a user will also see previously connected ASIO devices in the list of available devices.

  • Added X-Curve and B&K 1974 Speaker Target options in Translation Check. These target curves can be found by selecting the Translation Check target mode and selecting the Other folder.

  • Improved “Play test tone” button behaviour when adding a new output device

  • Fixed an issue of SoundID Reference app not opening when called from web (Sonarworks User account system)

  • Average headphone profiles now show the accuracy boundaries in the Before curve graph

  • [Win] Fixed an issue that prevented user to change the driver type for an ASIO output device

  • Fixed an issue that would cause the app to crash when sample rate was changed through Windows Control Panel

  • Fixed several typos in Translation Check descriptions

  • Fixed overlapping context menus. Opening a new context menu will close the previously opened menu.

  • [Win] Fixed an issue that prevented users from adding both a WASAPI and an ASIO output device for the same interface

  • Added a No internet connection error when submitting feedback offline

  • [Win] Fixed an issue of displaying unrealistically high latency for some ASIO devices

  • Fixed an issue that bypassed Safe Headroom limit when assigning the Gain slider to a MIDI slider/knob

  • [Win] Fixed an issue that prevented user to use Mute shortcut on their keyboard when SoundID Reference was selected as the system output device

  • [Win] Fixed an issue that caused system audio volume changes when switching between SoundID Reference presets

  • Fixed the Set-up guide link to lead to the correct destination

  • Fixed an issue of Target curve not showing for the first added preset

  • Fixed an issue that caused a blank screen to appear after starting a trial

  • Implemented a limit of 3 recently used calibration profiles

  • Implemented a blacklist configuration file when launching SoundID Reference. This can be edited by the user and is pre-populated with some audio drivers that are incompatible with SoundID Reference

  • Improved the search function in the headphone selection view

  • [macOS] Replaced the outdated Sonarworks logo in Audio MIDI Setup

  • Fixed an issue of Custom Target curve not appearing after restarting computer

  • Updated the general designs of side panels

  • [macOS] Fixed an occasional issue of a blank screen in SoundID Reference during trial activation

  • [Win] Fixed an issue with Listening spot correction for the Windows audio device insert driver type

  • More specific error pop-ups added to replace “Unknown error”, to help users and Sonarworks Support team with troubleshooting

  • [macOS] Fixed an occasional issue of calibration not working on app launch

SoundID Reference plugin

  • Plugin resize function implemented. A user can resize and scale the plugin interface from 50% to 200% from the main interface view.

  • Implemented serialized parameters in the plugin. A user is now able to assign MIDI controls to some of the parameters through their DAW

  • Fixed the issue of multiple plugin instances not saving separately. Each new plugin instance will at first load the last used configuration present in the SoundID Reference plugin config file. Any subsequent changes will save separately in the DAW memory block.

  • Fixed the issue of DSP settings carrying over to new presets after the last preset is deleted

  • Fixed an issue of Safe Headroom value not updating when loading different calibration profiles

  • Fixed an issue of Translation Check categories not appearing selected

SoundID Reference installer

  • [Win] Custom install location option added. When selecting a product to instal, a user can click Customize to select the target destination for the modules

Known issues for version 5.1.0.

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

SoundID Reference 

  • Due to a conflict with some 3rd party drivers, the app might not launch. There is a workaround solution available, described here. However, the workaround is not ideal and a permanent solution will be implemented as soon as possible.

  • 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. The current investigation also shows some issues that cannot be solved on our side and will be forwarded to the device manufacturers

  • Play test tone does not work in some specific cases, e.g. when using Focusrite ASIO device with Virtual Windows audio to ASIO driver

SoundID Reference plugin

  • The plugin is not validated in Logic Pro X. The problem seems to be only with the latest versions of Logic Pro on computers running on Intel processors (not M1). A workaround solution is to downgrade to a previous version of SoundID Reference plugin. Please contact our Support team for instructions to do so.

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.

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.

 

Release notes for 5.0.3

Date of release: 3 August 2021

SoundID Reference 

 

  • Fixed and re-implemented the MIDI mapping feature. Parameters that can be assigned to MIDI controllers - Gain, Dry/Wet, Swap channels, Mono/Stereo, Mute, Calibration, Target modes, Custom Target presets, Translation Check presets, Listening Spot, output presets, output channels. Most parameters can be mapped by right-clicking the respective element and selecting “Map MIDI” option. Output presets and output channels can be mapped by using the 3 dot menu (•••) that appears next to the preset or output channel name

  • Implemented a new sign-in and activation flow for new and existing users

  • Fixed a bug that applied a Custom Target preset to a new output device if the old output device is deleted. Now, the new output device is configured with the relevant preset

  • [Win] Fixed some “Preset switch failed” issues for the Windows audio device insert driver type

  • Fixed some application crashes that could occur when disconnecting an active output device from the computer or removing an active output device from the software

  • Fixed some “Unable to load license” issues that were present when a malformed license file was passed from the server.

  • Fixed some migration issues that could occur while updating. Previously created presets could potentially disappear after updating to a newer SoundID Reference version

  • Fixed an issue that occurred for some new users on the first time launching the app from the web

  • Fixed an issue of Calibration state appearing as Enabled even though no calibration profile has been loaded

  • [Win] Fixed some “Failed to register virtual ASIO device” errors that could appear for users adding the Virtual ASIO driver or launching the software

  • Fixed the issue of new presets showing the previously used preset settings. All new presets have the default settings, including the Flat target mode selected

  • Fixed the issue of EQ filters not appearing on software launch

  • [Win] Fixed some issues observed when adding Apogee Duet as an output device

  • [Win] Fixed an issue of driver type being changed automatically after adding an output device

  • [Win] Investigated an issue of Virtual ASIO driver not working with JRiver audio player. Issue was fixed for JRiver, thanks to Matt from their development team

  • Improved responsiveness for the frequency response curves when removing output devices

  • Fixed an issue of menu bar / tray menu icon remaining active even if all output devices are removed from the app. If no output devices are currently added, the icon appears as inactive, since there is no calibration applied

  • [Win] Fixed an issue that caused “Failed to register virtual ASIO device” error and subsequent crashing of the app. Issue was present to some users with the Virtual Windows to ASIO driver type selected

  • Fixed an issue that caused the frequency response curves to disappear after changing the buffer size

  • [macOS] ⌘ + Q (command + Q) shortcut added to close the app

  • Newly created presets are now selected immediately

  • [Win] Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the app to crash when clicking Add new output

  • Fixed an issue that caused SoundID Reference app to be launched when Reference 4 Systemwide is launched for some users

  • Fixed an issue that caused a crash for some users when submitting feedback

SoundID Reference plugin

  • Implemented a preset sidebar. Users can now create multiple presets and assign a calibration profile and specific DSP settings for each preset. Presets can be renamed, duplicated or deleted as needed

  • Fixed the issue of plugin being blocked in Cubase and Nuendo applications

  • Fixed the issue with calibration curves going haywire in some cases. All calibration curves are now working as expected

  • Calibration and Target curves are now the default frequency response curves that users see upon loading a calibration profile

Known issues for version 5.0.3

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. The current investigation also shows some issues that cannot be solved on our side and will be forwarded to the device manufacturers.

SoundID Reference plugin

  • Multiple instances of a plugin can be created, but can't be saved independently of each other. This is due to a revamped saving mechanism and will be investigated and fixed as soon as possible.

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.

SoundID Reference Measure

  • The app can crash when gain level verification is canceled 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 5.0.2

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.