How to uninstall SoundID Reference (Mac)?

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


Proceed by dragging files/applications to the Trash icon in Dock. Alternatively, select the file and use the keyboard shortcut Cmd+Delete.




You'll find SoundID Reference files in these locations if you wish to delete the files manually: 



  • /Macintosh HD/Applications/SoundID Reference
  • /Macintosh HD/Applications/SoundID Reference Measure
  • /Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/HAL/SoundID Reference.driver


  • AU - /Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components/SoundID Reference AU Plugin.component 

  • AAX - /Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Avid/Audio/Plug-Ins/SoundID Reference AAX plugin.aaxplugin

  • VST - /Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST/SoundID Reference VST plugin.vst

Calibration profiles, settings and log files, and other data

  • /Macintosh HD/Users/Username/Library/Sonarworks/SoundID Reference

Note that the Users > Library folder on Mac is a hidden directory by default. To show/hide hidden files and folders in Finder, open finder and press Command+Shift+Dot. Alternatively, to show hidden files you can execute a Terminal command - see here.


SoundID Reference driver

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. You can find it and remove it manually from the following location:

  • /Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/HAL/SoundID Reference.driver

You can also remove the SoundID Reference driver via Terminal.


Launch the Terminal app (use Cmd+Space to search for it, or locate it in Launchpad). Then enter (copy-paste) the following command into the Terminal window and hit the Enter key to execute it.

sudo rm -rf "/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/HAL/SoundID Reference.driver"

After removing the driver, reboot your Mac to complete the process:


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