How to uninstall Reference 4 [Mac]

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To uninstall the Reference 4 Systemwide app, first quit the app as shown in the screenshot below. 

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After quitting the app you can drag Sonarworks files/applications to the Trash or select the file and use the keyboard shortcut Cmd+Delete. You'll find Sonarworks software stored in these locations: 

 

Applications

  • /Macintosh HD/Applications/Reference 4 Systemwide
  • /Macintosh HD/Applications/Reference 4 Measure

Plugins

  • /Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components/Sonarworks Reference 4 plugin.component
  • /Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Avid/Audio/Plug-Ins/Sonarworks Reference 4 plugin.aaxplugin
  • /Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST/Sonarworks Reference 4 plugin.vst

Calibration profiles, settings and log files, and other data

  • /Macintosh HD/Users/Username/Library/Sonarworks/Reference 4/Sonarworks Projects
  • /Macintosh HD/Users/Username/Library/Sonarworks

 

Note that the Users > Library folder on Mac is a hidden directory by default. To show hidden files and folders in Finder, follow these instructions:

 

  1. In Finder, open up your Macintosh HD folder
  2. Press Command+Shift+Dot
  3. Your hidden files will become visible. Repeat step 2 to hide them again!
  4. Alternatively, to show hidden files you can execute a Terminal command - see here.

 

Removing the Systemwide driver manually via Terminal

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In some cases, after an unsuccessful uninstall attempt, the Systemwide app can still be present and listed as an available audio device in Sound Settings/Audio MIDI Setup. If this is the case, launch the Terminal app (use Cmd+Space to search for it, or locate in Launchpad). Then enter (copy-paste) the following commands into the Terminal window one by one, and hit the Enter key to execute each command. After executing the commands, reboot your Mac to complete the process:

 

For versions 4.4.7 (or higher):

  • sudo rm -fr /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/HAL/SonarworksSystemwide.driver

For versions 4.4.6 (or lower):

  • sudo kextunload /System/Library/Extensions/Sonarworks.kext
  • sudo rm -r /System/Library/Extensions/Sonarworks.kext

 

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