Everything you need to know

Upgrading from an older Reference version

Upgrading your Reference 4 or Reference 3 to SoundID Reference.


SoundID Reference

Upgrade options

Upgrade from Reference 3 or 4 to SoundID Reference is a paid option, see table below for your specific update option


Reference 4 Headphone Edition
or Reference 3 Headphone plug-in
Upgrade from Reference 3 or 4 Headphone to
SoundID Reference for Headphones
$ 39
€ 39
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Reference 4 Studio Edition
or Reference 3 Speaker plug-in
Upgrade from Reference 3 or 4 Studio to
SoundID Reference for Speakers & Headphones
$ 89
€ 89
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Reference 4 Headphone Edition
Educational license
Upgrade from Reference 4 Headphone Edition Educational license to
SoundID Reference for Headphones Educational license
$ 19
€ 19
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Reference 4 Studio Edition
Educational license
Upgrade from Reference 4 Studio Edition Educational license to
SoundID Reference for Speakers & Headphones Educational license
$ 49
€ 49
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Educational upgrades

Educational licenses bought from the Sonarworks store starting from October 10th, 2019 of 2019 can also be upgraded to acquire an Educational license of SoundID Reference.

However, educational licenses purchased from our retailers within this period cannot be upgraded.

If you have bought an educational license before the mentioned date, please contact Support by submitting a support request.

What’s new?

Reference has gotten even better

The latest update includes long-awaited custom target and translation check features, along with multiple user interface and driver improvements.


Upgrade Process

How to upgrade

Step 1
Create a Sonarworks user account
To upgrade your license you should first create a user account
Step 2
Register your current license activation key
Once you have created an account, select the Register key or code button at the bottom of the accounts page and add your Reference 3 or 4 key.
Step 3
Add your upgrade code
Once you have added your Reference 3 or 4 key. You can add the upgrade code you have received upon the purchase in email.
Step 4
Activate Reference on this device
Click on the "Activate on this device" button. It will bring up the SoundID Reference software and activate the license.

Frequently asked questions

Upgrade FAQ

We have provided multiple upgrade options for customers who already own a Reference 3 or Reference 4 license and in this article, we will explain how to perform them.

Read the full walk-trough in our support center →

Users who have purchased Reference 4 full license, or license upgrade products via online or distribution channels and first ACTIVATED their license/upgrade starting from 01 FEB 2021 UTC+14:00* will be provided a grace period in which they will be able to upgrade their product to SoundID Reference free of charge via our web user accounts.

* UTC+14:00 is the earliest time zone that sees a new calendar date, so the Grace Period terms are applicable to the earliest possible FEB 01 activations worldwide.

Read the article in our support center →

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