PreSonus Eris HD10BT headphones deliver studio quality with Bluetooth connectivity

PreSonus Eris HD10BT feat

PreSonus has announced its new Eris HD10BT wireless noise-cancellation headphones, which provide studio-quality audio performance with the mobility and freedom of Bluetooth connectivity. The Eris HD10BT’s 1.57-inch (40 mm) drivers deliver the superior clarity, accurate response from 20 Hz to 20 kHz, and extended bass you expect from professional studio headphones. Active Noise Canceling (ANC) […]

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V-MODA introduces M-200 professional studio headphones

V-MODA M-200

V-MODA has announced availability of the M-200, its first-ever reference studio headphone. A testament to the continued collaboration of Roland Corporation and V-MODA, the M-200 features meticulous Japanese engineering and classic V-MODA shapes and materials, reimagined for the studio to produce a clean, refined and spacious sound with transparent clarity that’s perfect for producers, musicians […]

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Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless redefines your premium headphone experience

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless feat

Sennheiser has launched the Momentum 3 Wireless, the latest addition to the premium headphone range offering superior sound, cutting-edge technology, and a modern design aesthetic to every moment. Momentum 3 Wireless redefines your premium headphone experience by reproducing the balanced depth and precision of studio-quality audio. The MOMENTUM Wireless features intuitive controls designed for any […]

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ESI’s U22 XT cosMik Set all-in-one recording solution now available

ESI U22 XT cosMik Set feat

ESI has announced availability of its previously introduced U22 XT cosMik Set, an all-in-one solution for home recording. With this set, even beginners can create professional sound recordings. It works quick and easy, following the motto “bring your IDEAS to life”. This bundle is designed for a lot of different purposes, like podcasting, vocal recording, […]

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Waves Abbey Road Studio 3 brings acoustic environment of legendary control room to your headphones

Waves Audio Abbey Road Studio 3

Waves Audio has announced the release of Waves Abbey Road Studio 3, a plugin that brings the acoustic environment of the legendary Abbey Road Studio 3 control room to your headphones, so you can make better production and mixing decisions on any set of headphones. The Abbey Road Studio 3 control room is Abbey Road […]

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Mackie donates loudspeakers and headphones to Bob Moog Foundation

MAC Moogseum1

The Bob Moog Foundation preserves and promotes the legacy of Dr. Robert A. Moog, who invented analog music synthesizers that transformed contemporary music. The nonprofit organization teaches children about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) by bringing interactive, hands-on music synthesis into schools through its Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool program. Its new Moogseum interactive, hands-on museum […]

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Sonarworks Reference 4.3: more headphones, features for calibrating your mixes

Sonarworks Reference 4.3 has a bunch of new features – more headphones, better performance, and it won’t blind you in a dark studio. The goal: make sure your mixes sound consistent everywhere. And with both high-end and consumer cans on the supported list, they seem to want everybody to give this a go.

I think the biggest challenge Sonarworks has here is that even I would have imagined calibration was something for engineers, but not necessarily producers. But once you hear the results, anyone can hear what this does. The thing is, headphones and studio monitors really aren’t flat. And especially outside of perfectly tuned studio environments, neither are working environments. Testing and calibration improves that enough that anyone can hear.

I’ve been using Sonarworks Reference religiously since the fall. The biggest challenge has been that there are two modes. One sounds really great, but adds a ton of latency. That’s especially rough if you want to work with calibration switched on all the time. The other is low-latency, but doesn’t sound as good. Those differences are, again, noticeable to anyone.

The big improvement in Reference 4.3 is to let you have both – with a mixed filter mode that operates with minimal latency but still delivers accurate results. That for me makes Reference way more useful. In fact, given this involved a ground-up rewrite, I’m surprised Sonarworks didn’t call this Reference 5. (It’s a free update, though!)

You also get new headphone profiles, which show both some high-end Beyerdynamic models but also the sort of consumer listening cans a lot of us use on the go with our smartphones and such. Those seem to target new users as well as ones traveling.

Beyerdynamic Custom Studio
Beyerdynamic MMX 300
Direct Sound EXTW37 Pro
Direct Sound Serenity Plus
Direct Sound Studio Plus
Marshall Major III
Marshall Major III Bluetooth
Marshall Monitor Bluetooth

More important than the addition of new individual models, though, they’ve added on-demand profile delivery, so you can add support inside the tool. There are already over a couple hundred of these, and they keep adding more.

There are some other improvements, too:

Dark mode – some people hate these; I love them, since I work in a lot of dim / late night environments

A better menu/tray bar, which is critical as you modify settings as you work

Integrated room measurement inside the Systemwide and plugin tools

Better virtual sound device performance (I need to test this across my Mac and Windows machines)

The little tool that gets you up and running when you start I already liked, and wrote about previously, but they’ve enhanced that even more

Previously, I did some deep dives into this software and answered reader questions:

What it’s like calibrating headphones and monitors with Sonarworks tools

Your questions answered: Sonarworks Reference calibration tools

I need to follow up with them on how Linux support is coming, as CDM was the first to write about that and some of you I know were interested (as am I)!

Also since I last covered Reference, Sonarworks has started offering a bundle with pre-calibrated headphones. These theoretically deliver more precise calibration than what you’d get from any profile, since they’ve tested the actual harder. It’s pricey, because it includes the already-expensive HD650 headphones from Sennheiser.

But those are terrific headphones, and headphones are crucial to precise mixing and mastering. I imagine these would be a great investment for a producer or especially studio or engineer wanting to invest in a full calibration package at once. (Feel free to shout about whether Sennheiser or Beyerdynamic are better in comments, though!) In fact, I think if you’re thinking of buying the HD650s, you should spring for the bundle.

The bundle, with Sennheiser HD650.

I have talked to more producers about this tool than engineers (though my mastering engineer collaborator is a believer), so I would be interested to hear about that use case more.

And yes, this is another member of our music tech industry now located in Riga, Latvia, along with Gamechanger, Erica Synths, and others. It’s a surprising new hotbed.

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Sonarworks Reference 4.3 update adds new features

Sonarworks Reference 4.3 Dark Mode

Sonarworks has introduced the latest update to its Reference 4 award-winning calibration software that removes unwanted coloration from studio speakers and headphones. Dedicated to improving the experience for both current and new users, the update includes a reworked filter mode as well as usability, latency and on-boarding improvements to allow greater ease of use with […]

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Get 20% off Sonarworks Reference 4 sound calibration software

Sonarworks Reference 4 Studio Edition

Plugin Boutique has launched a sale on Sonarworks Reference 4, offering 20% the sound calibration software for a limited time. Reference 4 removes unwanted coloration from studio speakers and headphones. Sonarworks is on a mission to ensure everybody hears sound the way it was meant to be. Across all devices. Calibrate sound on your current […]

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New TASCAM TH-06 Bass XL monitoring headphones deliver exceptional bass

TASCAM TH 06

TASCAM has unveiled its TH-06 Bass XL monitoring headphones, which offers enhanced bass response for the smooth, deep lows needed for producing genres such as EDM, Hip Hop, Metal, and R&B. These comfortable, versatile headphones deliver excellent audio quality for recording and mixing, as well as listening to music for pleasure. The TH-06 employs a […]

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