Sonarworks has announced that is has more than doubled the number of headphones supported by its Reference 3 Headphone Calibration system, which they say is accurate enough to let you mix and master on headphones.
Sonarworks has added calibration profiles for the most popular studio headphones from Sennheiser, AKG, Beyerdynamic, Audio-Technica and other brands.
With Reference 3, your headphones tuned to a target frequency response, which makes them sound like flat speakers in a well-treated studio. According to the company, the Reference 3 plug-in lets you mix with confidence that your work will translate to other sound systems.
All calibrated headphones share the same tonality which is very useful when collaborating over distance or using your gear on the road.
The standard version of headphone calibration doesn’t require any extra hardware; everyone with a pair of supported headphones will be able to enjoy reference headphone sound in a matter of minutes. Just download the DAW plug-in, select your headphones from pre-measured profiles and start listening to tracks you are familiar with.
With the introduction of this update, the Sonarworks Reference 3 plug-in can be used with the following headphones:
AKG K141 MKII
AKG K240 MKII
Beyerdynamic DT770 80 Ohm
Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro
Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro
Headphone calibration profiles are available in two flavors – standard and individual.
- Standard calibration profiles are based on averaged measurements across many samples from the same headphone model and ensures +/- 3dB accuracy towards the selected reference.
- Individual profiles are created through individual measuring of the particular pair of headphones ensuring, +/-0.5dB accuracy.
The plug-in for digital audio workstations (DAWs) is offered in AU, AAX Native, RTAS and VST standards and compatible with both OSX and Windows.
A single license for Sonarworks Reference 3 headphone plug-in costs 69€/$69 and individual headphone measurement service is available at an introductory price of 45.50€/$45.50. See the Sonarworks site for details.