Setting up on Stereo speakers

SoundID Reference for Speakers & Headphones

In this article, we'll have a look at the SoundID Reference for Speakers & Headphones software, what is required to measure your stereo system, how to register your Sonarworks License, the measurement process, and applying the calibration.

  1. System requirements - check before getting started
  2. Activating license - add your new product to the Sonarworks Account
  3. Hardware setup- hardware-specific setup guide for successful measurement results
  4. Measurement process - overview of the measurement process and tips
  5. Applying the calibration - apply the calibration profile to supported devices or use the SoundID Reference DAW plugin


System & hardware requirements


  • SoundID Reference for Speaker & Headphones software installed (v5.3 or later). Download here for supported operating systems:
    • PC: Windows 10, 11
    • MAC: macOS 10.14; 10.15; 11 Big Sur; 12 Monterey
  • XLR to XLR audio cable
  • Measurement microphone - using a Sonarworks microphone is recommended:
    • SoundID Reference Measurement Microphone - available in Sonarworks Store
    • Sonarworks XREF 20 measurement microphone
    • Use a third-party microphone, learn more here. USB mics are NOT supported
  • Microphone stand for system measurements
  • Ø21 microphone clip, if using a Sonarworks microphone (included in this bundle)



Activating license

To use SoundD Reference for Speakers & Headphones, you will need to add a SoundID Reference product license to your user account:

  1. Log in to your Sonarworks Account
  2. Click on 'Register a new license'
  3. Enter your license activation key
  4. Click on 'Activate on this device'

SoundD Reference for Speakers & Headphones is available in Sonarworks Store, or at your local distributor: find a dealer. See upgrade options for existing Sonarworks license owners here: SoundID Reference upgrade paths

A free trial is available here, and trial extensions are available in your Sonarworks Account.


Hardware setup


To prepare and successfully measure your stereo system, please make sure you have the following:

  • Stereo speaker setup - you can also calibrate with a subwoofer in a 2.0 stereo configuration
  • Audio interface (sound card) with +48v Phantom Power
  • XLR to XLR audio cable to connect the microphone to your audio interface (not included in our product bundles)


Measurement process


To begin, launch the SoundID Reference Measure app. The 5-stage measurement process will take around 20-30 min to complete, depending on the complexity of your system/setup configuration:

  1. Hardware setup -selecting the stereo configuration and the audio interface you're working with, using test tones to verify the output channels, adjusting the microphone gain
  2. Listening spot - the front L and R speakers will be measured to determine the distance and noise floor, and the listening spot will be established. You will be able to review and fine-tune the dimensions of your listening area
  3. Volume matching - manual and automatic adjustment options will be provided for adjusting individual channel volume for matching levels at the listening spot
  4. Room response - a series of measurements (37 in total) will now take place to measure the frequency response of your speakers and room
  5. Results - Once the entire measurement process is complete, the results will be displayed - you can observe the frequency response of your setup in detail for the first time

Each stage will have an introduction and/or a Tutorial on how to proceed. Below you can review our hot tips if you've encountered difficulties during the measurement process:

  • We recommend using a microphone stand and a mic clip throughout the measurement process
  • Follow the visual instructions carefully and make use of Tutorials by clicking on the 'Show Tutorial'
  • If you are unsure about which are the mid-range drivers in your speakers, see this article
  • Try the B and C locating signals if it becomes difficult to locate the mic position
  • User this troubleshooting guide, if you're unable to resolve the problem


Apply the calibration profile on supported devices

Depending on your setup there can be multiple ways how you can apply the calibration to your system. The options are ordered by priority top-to-bottom. If several options are possible for your system, for the best results and convenience please pick the option higher on the list. Identify what is your best fit and follow the links to get to the corresponding instructions.


Exporting calibration profile to supported devices

Before exporting the calibration profile, we recommend selecting a target curve. To learn more about the target curves visit this article: Calibration target modes



Applying calibration profile with SoundID Reference DAW plugin

By default, we recommend using the SoundID Reference plugin to get the best results when working on a mix. Depending on the DAW in use you can take advantage of the VST, VST3, AU, and  AAX plugins that come with SoundID Reference.


Applying calibration profile with SoundID Reference app

SoundID Reference app will provide you with the system-wide calibration when you're listening/watching media on your computer. For Windows users, the SoundID Reference app will offer multiple driver types to use depending on your use case scenario. As an example, users are able to use the SoundID Reference for DAW output calibration, this will require Virtual ASIO to ASIO driver type, which can be used with DAW, however, does not provide system-wide calibration. To learn more, we recommend visiting the following guides:



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