What's new in Reference 4.1 Measure?

In this article:

  1. What's new for Mac and Windows
  2. For Windows (OS specific)


What's new for Mac and Windows

  • Revised instructions and improved UI. We have revised the instructions on hardware setup and measuring process as well as changed the user interface for a more user-friendly experience.

  • Calibration microphone profile can now be downloaded directly from the software. You can now download a Sonarworks XREF 20 Measurement Microphone calibration profile and upload it automatically to the software by entering a mic ID number. You no longer have to go to our website to download the calibration profile and then manually upload it to the software. 

  • View microphone frequency response graph. You can visually explore a measurement microphone frequency response curve for Sonarworks measurement microphone as well as other calibration microphones that come with an individual calibration profile. It is particularly useful for those who do not use Sonarworks microphone and want to make sure that the calibration data file is valid.

  • Voice feedback for the speaker distance measuring part added. The voice feedback informs you about the state of the measuring process. This is useful if you have a studio where speakers are placed behind a computer screen and you're not able to see the screen while standing by the speakers during the measuring process. 

  • Revise dimensions more easily. Now you can revise the dimensions measured between the listening spot and the speakers more easily -- just measure the distance in a straight line from your listening spot to each speaker. 

  • Revised representation of measuring points in a schematic setup. The schematic representation of your setup allows you to locate the microphone and reminds you to aim between speakers. 

  • Explore your speaker frequency response curve. The legend of the graph now displays a value of each point in the graph when you hover a mouse cursor over it.

  • Clearer warning and error messages. We're trying to guide you through the measuring process by providing as much useful information at the right time as possible. 


For Windows (OS specific)

  • Supports Audio Stream Input/Output (ASIO) drivers. Reference Measure supports ASIO which from now is the default mode for the software. Windows users can switch to Windows Audio Session API (WASAPI) mode if the audio device they're using supports only WASAPI drivers.

  • Troubleshooting audio device issues. We provide instructions in case you don't see your device on the input and output channel list. 

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It is not easy for me to position the mic in the circle when measuring,  because sometimes  mic is jumping all over the place. What if this is happening ? What causes it ?





Hi Chester,

Sorry you're having trouble! There can be a few different reasons for this - mainly sample rate related. Proceed by double checking you're setting up correctly:

1. Your audio interface is set to 44.1 kHz sample rate while performing measurements (keep an eye out for this one, as it's the most common mistake);
2. No direct monitoring is applied to your mic input channel so that you don't hear mics signal coming out directly from the speakers;
3. Only a single hardware audio device is used both for input and outputs;
4. When getting up-close to each speaker at the first measurement stage, assure that you're pointing the mic as close as you can to the mid-range driver of the speaker - about 1-2 cm away;
5. There are no other devices in the signal path (analog devices, preamps, converters, monitoring controllers, clocking devices etc.), only your audio interface;
6. +48v Phantom Power is ON;
7. There's no other music production/routing/audio software open, that could 'hijack' the channels you're working with or otherwise interfere. Leave then running only if its absolutely necessary for accessing the necessary channels/routing/phantom power purposes. Or better still - exit all other apps while doing this;
8. Your stereo field is correct - when clicking on the "Play Test Tone", you can hear the voice saying "left speaker" coming from the left speaker and "right speaker" coming from the right speaker.

If these tips don't help, please submit an individual support ticket and we'll look into the issue you're experiencing directly. Thanks!


Where can I find the measurement software?



Hi Spencer, 

Go to this site to download and start your free trial:


Don't hesitate to submit a support ticket, if you need any assistance setting up!

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