How to choose a target curve for your multichannel setup?

Most stereo studio engineers agree that “flat” sound is the best there is for a music creator to create great mixes that translate well. The multi-channel world seems to be slightly more complicated. But don’t worry, SoundID Reference will take care of that. These target curves are to choose from, depending on your situation.

In this article:

SoundID SR (Studio Reference)

First, the SoundID SR (Studio Reference) is still available in the software for those of you who trust and rely on flat sound in your productions.

The Dolby Atmos Music curve

If you’re into producing Atmos music, you might know that Dolby has defined the target curve that they expect you to use to tune your Atmos studio in their guideline document here. It is also the target that is used by the Dolby team when they provide the service of tuning your Atmos room. So if you want to make the sound for Dolby Atmos standard, this is the curve you’ll want to consider. A note of explanation - some of you might notice that the Dolby Atmos music curve as defined in the Dolby document looks different from the Dolby curve in SoundID Reference. There is a good reason for that - the target curve is very much bound to the measurement method it is required to be used with and may be used only with that method. Dolby’s suggested measurement method is different from SoundID Reference, thus we have calculated the transfer function and translated the Dolby Atmos music curve to work for SoundID Reference. When you apply this curve, you will hear the same sound tonality that you would in some of the world's best Atmos music rooms tuned by Dolby professionals.

Tilt target curve

Based on quite a few requests from our user community, we have reintroduced the Tilt target curve. For now, it can be found under “Translation Check > Other”, however, if you find this target useful, we’ll bring it more prominently up in the user interface.

Custom target

Last but not least, if the above-mentioned target curves are not enough, you are always welcome to design your own by using the flexibility of our Custom target curve function.

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