Sonarworks is the company behind precision audio software used in the sound design of Oscar-winning movies like Rocketman and major live events like the Rio Olympic Games. Now the company is entering the space for multichannel sound with the new SoundID Reference for Multichannel. It’s an intuitive and guided software package that can minimize human error to deliver consistent and accurate speaker measurements and calibration for audio systems ranging from a simple stereo setup to 9.1.6 channels.
Spatial audio that produces a surround-sound experience is taking off right now as a generation brought up viewing action movies recorded with sophisticated multi-channel soundtracks demands ever more impressive audio.
Martins Popelis is the co-founder and CPO at Sonarworks: “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 in 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 room.”
It was this discrepancy that drove Sonarworks to create its new product that enables anyone to calibrate multichannel systems on their own, with a considerably better translation of spatial mixes between studios and 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. This is where Sonarworks claims its new SoundID Reference for Multichannel can make things easier for anyone mixing multichannel sounds, whether that be at home or in a professional setting like a recording studio.
Setting up multichannel space is now easier or more affordable for anyone to try themselves. With the software, creators can measure and calibrate their multichannel setup in around one hour. The software simplifies speaker measurement using patented microphone location technology and there’s a streamlined process making it easy to measure any setup.
The software works via a plugin and can produce a calibration profile that can be exported 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 in the year.
Pricing & Availability: SoundID Reference for Multichannel with measurement microphone costs $549 or $499 without the microphone. Current users can upgrade from SoundID Reference for $249 or Reference 4 for $299. Creators can also try out the unlimited program free for 21 days by visiting sonarworks.com.
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