Reference 3 & 4 software releases (compatibility and component matrix)

In this article, you will find an overview of our software releases, their component specifics as well as operating systems that they are compatible with. 

 

In this article:

 

 

Reference 4 and Reference 3 compatibility overview

 

Reference 4 system requirements for the final release version 4.4:

  • PC: Windows 7, 8, 10, 11
  • MAC: macOS 10.12, 10.13, 10.14, 10.15, 11 Big Sur, 12 Monterey

 

Reference 4 products (2017-2021) are discontinued and unsupported. Basic services and support systems and still in place, learn more here: Reference 4 support status.

For those still using Reference 4, the final 4.4 release is the recommended version to use. Reference 4.2 and 4.0 versions are also available for older macOS operating systems going back to macOS 10.9.

 

 

Reference 3 system requirements for the final release version 3.4:

  • PC: Windows 7, 8, 10
  • MAC: macOS 10.9, 10.10, 10.11 10.12, 10.13, 10.14

 

Reference 3 products (2015-2017) are discontinued and unsupported. For those still using Reference 3, 3.4 is the only recommended version to use.

 

 

Reference 4.3 and 4.4

Reference 4.3 introduced a complete user interface redesign, and a new driver architecture, with ASIO Output Mode, User Presets, and a new headphone selection wizard as the major new features. This driver architecture was refined and stabilized with 4.4, with more supported operating systems and features added, such as MIDI mapping, Dark theme, and VST3 support on Windows.

 

Final releases: 4.4.10.11 [WIN], and 4.4.9.11 [MAC] - downloads here, release notes here.

 

 

 Component/OS Windows       11 * Windows 10 Windows 8 Windows 7 macOS 12 * macOS 11 macOS 10.15 macOS 10.14 macOS 10.13 macOS 10.12 Linux
 VST 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 64 bit *
 VST3 * 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit - - - - - -
 AAX 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit
 RTAS 32 bit 32 bit 32 bit 32 bit - - - - - -
 AU - - - - 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit
 Systemwide app 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit -
 Measure app 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit -

 

 

* VST3 [WIN] is not included in the installer but is available to Reference 4 license owners. To obtain the VST3, submit a support request below. 

* Linux VST was available in Beta, but was never officially released. It is available to Reference 4 license owners, submit a support request below. 

* Support for Windows 11 and macOS 12 Monterey was introduced with final versions 4.4.10.11 and 4.4.9.11 (not available in previous versions). 

 

 

Reference 4.1 and 4.2

Reference 4.1 introduced a redesigned user interface, and a rebuilt Measure app as the main new features. The new Measure app included ASIO support and an improved 37-point speaker measurement system. This iteration was refined and stabilized with version 4.2, with more supported operating systems and features added, such as in-app headphone profile downloads and other online-based features.

 

Final release: 4.2.2.46 - downloads here, release notes here.

 

 

 Component/OS Windows 10 Windows 8 Windows 7 macOS 10.15 macOS 10.14 macOS 10.13 macOS 10.12 macOS 10.11 macOS 10.10 macOS 10.9 Linux
 VST 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 64 bit *
 AAX 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit -
 RTAS 32 bit 32 bit 32 bit - - - - - -
 AU - - - 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit -
 Systemwide app 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit -
 Measure app 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit -

 

 

* Linux VST was available in Beta, but was never officially released. It is available to Reference 4 license owners, submit a support request below. 

 

 

Reference 4.0

Reference 4.0 was a direct continuation of Reference 3, with zero latency and system-wide capability as the main new features. The user interface and design remained close to Reference 3, but the DAW plugin was now capable of true-zero latency, and the Systemwide app was now included by default in both the Headphone and Speaker versions of the software.

 

Final release: 4.0.115 - downloads here, release notes here.

 

 

 Component/OS Windows 10 Windows 8 Windows 7 macOS 10.14 macOS 10.13 macOS 10.12 macOS 10.11 macOS 10.10 macOS 10.9
 VST 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit
 AAX 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit
 RTAS 32 bit 32 bit 32 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit
 AU - - - 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit
 Systemwide app 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit
 Measure app 32 bit 32 bit 32 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit

 

 

Reference 3.4

Reference 3 introduced headphone calibration with a rapidly expanding ready-to-use supported headphone model base, as well as the basic DSP features and user interface that the Reference product line is known for. Version 3.4 introduced the Systemwide app, featured as a paid product license expansion. 

 

Final releases 3.4.1.6 (plugin and Measure app); and 3.4.1.11 (Systemwide app) - release notes not available, downloads here:

 

 

 

Component/OS Windows 10 Windows 8 Windows 7 macOS 10.14 macOS 10.13 macOS 10.12 macOS 10.11 macOS 10.10 macOS 10.9
 VST 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit
 AAX 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit
 RTAS 32 bit 32 bit 32 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit
 AU - - 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit
 Systemwide app 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32/64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit
 Measure app 32 bit 32 bit 32 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit 64 bit

 

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Hello,

the download archive seems to have vanished, at least for the Linux version. Where may I find the download?

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Hi Arnd, thanks for the post!

 

Our apologies for the missing download, it is no longer available fter restructuring our download center. I have created a support request on your behalf - we will reach out to you and provide the Linux download manually. 

 

For anyone else looking for the Reference 4 Linux VST, please submit a support request and we will provide the download manually.

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