Sonarworks Launches Multichannel Speaker Calibration Software
Sonarworks has entered the multichannel space with SoundID Reference for Multichannel. According to the company, this intuitive guided software minimizes human error and delivers consistent and accurate speaker measurements and calibration for audio systems from stereo up to 9.1.6 channels.
“Calibration of multichannel setup is crucial for efficient and accurate monitoring. If the frequency response of the speakers in the room is not matched, sound objects change their sound as you pan them across the room. If delays of the channels are not aligned, sound from speakers arrives to your ears at different times inevitably destroying the soundstage. If your multichannel setup is not calibrated, it’s difficult to produce content that translates well outside your personal room,” said Martins Popelis, co-founder and CPO of Sonarworks. “That’s what drove us to create this product that allows anyone to calibrate multichannel system on their own, thus improving the quality and speed of the creative work, enabling considerably better translation of spatial mixes between studios and to end-user devices.”
With the need for surround audio growing in film, gaming, virtual reality, and music, more engineers are upgrading their stereo setups to multichannel and are building new multichannel studios. Achieving accurate and reliable sound from multichannel systems is difficult, but SoundID Reference for Multichannel is designed to make it easier for those mixing at home and in professional settings.
Setting up multichannel space has never been easier or more affordable to do it yourself, says Sonarworks—creators will now be able to measure and calibrate their multichannel setup in less than an hour. The intuitive software simplifies speaker measurement, and the patented microphone location technology and streamlined process make it so users can measure any setup with ease, says the company. It is designed to offerg versatile application via plugin and allows to export calibration profile to the most popular multichannel hardware, including AVID MTRX with SPQ DSP, AVID MTRX Studio, DAD AX32 with SPQ DSP, Dolby Atmos Mastering Suite, and more hardware support expected later during 2022.
SoundID Reference for Multichannel is available for purchase or upgrade today. The software with the measurement microphone is available for $549 and $499 without the microphone. Current users can upgrade from SoundID Reference for $249 or Reference 4 for $299. Creators can also experience the program with unlimited functionality during a free 21-day trial by visiting the company’s website.