What's new in SoundID Reference for Multichannel?

With the release of the SoundID Reference for Multichannel, we are releasing a product upgrade that offers speaker calibration for various multichannel systems. This article will cover all the changes that take place in SoundID Reference for Multichannel.

SoundID Reference Measure 


SoundID Reference Measure has been reworked for the Multichannel upgrade. The software has multiple updates under the hood, here is the list of the new features:

  • Reworked and updated UI - SoundID Reference Measure has new and updated UI elements
  • New tutorials - New and improved Tutorials that will guide you through the measurement process Support for various audio systems - Support for 2.0 - 9.1.6 systems
  • Sample rate support - SoundID Reference now supports 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz
  • LFE channel support- Subwoofer can now be measured as part of your speaker setup
  • Improved speaker volume adjustment process - SoundID Reference Measure will help you get the most out of your multichannel setup and improve your Listening Spot experience
  • Channel volume matching - SoundID Reference Measure will check and help you match the channel volume
  • Time alignment feature in SoundID Reference for Multichannel - SoundID Reference will measure phase alignment and apply the correction
  • Microphone multi-angle calibration profile - SoundID mic profile now supports multi-angle calibration curves for accurate measurements


SoundID Reference plugin


SoundID Reference plugin for Multichannel has been updated in many different aspects to provide users with the best experience when working with a multichannel calibration profile. Here is the list of changes and improvements you will find in the SoundID Reference Multichannel plugin:

  • Reworked and updated UI - SoundID Reference plugin has new elements for Surround and Atmos setups, dedicated channel groups, improved UI visuals, and tooltips.
  • Multichannel group adjustment sidebar - Reworked sidebar where users can preview speaker configuration, and later make adjustments for the Custom Target mode.
  • Channel group selection sidebar - This feature allows to either highlight the channels to see the calibration curve assigned, or check a group of speakers to modify the calibration curves of a selected group.
  • Translation check - The translation check feature allows you to simulate different devices & device classes so you can check your mix on things that are really relevant & bring the translatability of your mix to the max.
  • Filter Types - At launch, the plugin will offer only a "Zero Latency" filter.
  • Digital signal metering - The meters will now represent Incoming or Outgoing signals depending on the selected option. Up to 10 channels will be presented in a single row, where 11 or more channels will be arranged in a stack. The signal peak indicator will be represented by a red dot. 
  • Master output gain - The master gain fader will affect all the channels, any adjustments made to the individual channel groups would be increased or decreased proportionally.
  • Safe Headroom - Safe headroom has been updated with 3 modes: Specific, Unified, and Disabled. 
  • Listening Spot - When a multichannel profile is loaded, the Listening Spot feature will not allow for loudness correction between speakers, but rather only group delays/time alignment.
  • Dry/wet mix - Dry/Wet mix fader would increase and decrease the calibration amount to all channel groups equally, it cannot be tweaked individually for channel groups.
  • Calibration curve assignment- The calibration curve assignment feature will allow the users to select which calibration curve of the measured profile would be applied to the respective channels. To aid in this process a test tone button is placed next to each channel in question for easier identification.
  • Dolby Atmos Music target - Calibrates audio to the Dolby Atmos Music curve target.

SoundID Reference


The SoundID Reference standalone app now partially supports multichannel profiles. You can make target mode adjustments for your multichannel profile and export the calibration profile to supported devices.

  • Target curve options- select Flat Target, Dolby Atmos Music, or Custom Target mode
  • Multichannel profile export - export your multichannel profile to supported devices
  • Dolby Atmos Music target - Calibrates audio to the Dolby Atmos Music curve target


SoundID Reference for Multichannel license


SoundID Reference for Multichannel can be purchased as a regular license, or you can upgrade to SoundID Reference Multichannel. For more information and details, please visit the following article: SoundID Reference Upgrade Paths.

If you have made a purchase or an upgrade, please make sure to activate the SoundID Reference Multichannel license from your Sonarworks Account before using the new license. This article will guide you on the LicenseRegistration process: Registering a Sonarworks product license

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