Headphone Calibration

Your headphones. Remastered.

First plug-in to enable mixing and mastering on headphones with confidence.

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World class engineers use Sonarworks

Digital calibration of your analog headphones.

Most headphones are held back by physical limitations. We measure those limitations and create a digital profile to correct them through processing in a DAW plugin. With the advanced technology of our DAW plugin, you get these results with shocking simplicity and absolute accuracy. Tap into the full potential of your headphones!

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Hi-end studio sound from your headphones

Headphone calibration is the process of measuring and adjusting the frequency response of headphones in order to precisely match flat sounding studio monitors in a well treated studio. Standard studio headphones are transformed into perfectly-engineered precision devices. By giving yourself the gift of accurate sound, you can mix and engineer with total confidence.

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Abbey Road on the road

Not all of life happens in comfortable studios. Take your reference sound with you. Our digital solution delivers the accuracy you need, anywhere you are. Bring your headphones; bring your laptop. That’s it.

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Reliable collaboration

Let’s get everyone on the same page, finally. All calibrated headphones retain the same tonal balance. We’d like to announce the official end of neverending arguments caused by different sound references.

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It’s so easy, it feels too good to be true. Accurate sound is just a few clicks away.

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Install plug-in Select your headphone profile Enjoy calibrated sound

Exceptional sound delivered through unprecedented innovation.

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Perceived acoustic power frequency response
A patent pending acoustic measurement system that measures sound the way humans perceive it.

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Speaker Range Extension
Technology that extends or limits speaker response in low and high frequencies

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Acoustic Power Simulation
Incredibly realistic simulation of different speakers and headphones based on acoustic power

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Audio calibration filter engine
The filter engine we use is designed for the sole purpose of sound calibration. It’s the main ingredient behind unrivaled sound accuracy and transparency.

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array(2) { ["title"]=> string(0) "" ["is_speaker"]=> string(1) "n" } array(3) { ["company"]=> string(25) "4.5 out of 5 stars" ["company_website"]=> string(63) "http://theproaudiowebblog.com/sonarworks-reference3-review.html" ["is_logo"]=> bool(true) } bool(false) bool(true) bool(true) bool(false) int(2)
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  • The Sonarworks Reference plug-in makes a difference that is out of all proportion to its modest price, and is capable of turning an unremarkable pair of headphones into a serious mix tool.

  • I highly commend Sonarworks for its thoughtful approach and long-term efforts in providing us with a tool that opens up possibilities on a higher level.

  • It is super affordable, easy to use, can increase your workflow, and could very well save your bacon/sanity in long mix sessions. It comes highly recommended from TPAWB.

  • We’re finding that our mix decisions made on our calibrated headphones are translating very well to other playback systems and for the money, it’s a recommended upgrade for your existing pair of headphones. Think, multi-monitor studio strapped to your head!

  1. SOS

    Sound On Sound
    Sound On Sound

  2. AudioMedia

    Audio Media International
    a pro audio magazine

  3. pawb

    Pro Audio Web Blog
    4.5 out of 5 stars

  4. askaudio

    Ask.Audio
    a pro audio magazine

Free trial of headphone calibration is available on popular studio headphone models

Or go straight to the ultimate accuracy on new or your existing headphones.
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Reference accuracy immediately

Standard

Headphone calibration DAW plug-in +model-average calibration

+/-3dB

Accuracy
Reference 3 headphone plugins (AU, AAX Native, RTAS and VST)
Model-average calibration profiles for
selected headphone models
Instant download
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$99 / €99

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Ultimate accuracy

Upgrade your headphones

Headphone calibration DAW plug-in +individual headphone calibration service for your headphones

+/-0.9dB

Accuracy
Reference 3 headphone plugins (AU, AAX Native, RTAS and VST)
Model-average calibration profiles for
selected headphone models
Send in your existing headphones
Custom calibration profile based on
individual measurement of the exact unit
Calibration certificate containing
FR and THD measurements

$198 / €198

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Ultimate accuracy

Pre-calibrated headphones

Headphone calibration DAW plug-in +brand new headphoneswith individual calibration

+/-0.9dB

Accuracy
Reference 3 headphone plugins (AU, AAX Native, RTAS and VST)
Model-average calibration profiles for
selected headphone models
Brand new headphones at or below
average price
Custom calibration profile based on
individual measurement of the exact unit
Calibration certificate containing
FR and THD measurements

from $99 / €99

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