Render-bypass and notification in DAW plugin

You need to bypass the Reference 4 DAW plugin every time you are exporting audio from your DAW. Otherwise, the correction will be applied to your master bus mixdown.

Note that the plug-in is meant to calibrate your speakers and room just like acoustic treatment would. Failing to bypass the effect would mean adding the sonic anomalies of your system to the rendered audio. Make sure you make a full plugin bypass in your DAW, not just the calibration bypass inside your Reference plugin.

 

Render-bypass notification

The Reference 4 DAW plugin has a render-bypass notification warning users who bounce audio with calibration left on. (This feature is available in Reference versions 4.2. and newer.)

            


This is just an informative message - the rendering process will not be stopped. By default, the notification is turned on. It can be turned off from the notification settings in the top right corner of the plugin.


 

 

NB! This feature is currently only available in select DAWs, listed below.

 

On Windows:

VST

  • Steinberg Cubase 8.5, Cubase 9.5, Cubase 10
  • PreSonus Studio One 4
  • Image Line FL Studio 12
  • Ableton Live 10
  • Cakewalk by BandLab (Reference 4.2.1) 

AAX

  • Avid Pro Tools 2018 *

 

On macOS:

VST

  • Steinberg Cubase 8.5, Cubase 9.5, Cubase 10
  • PreSonus Studio One 4
  • Ableton Live 10

AU

  • PreSonus Studio One 4
  • Ableton Live 10
  • MOTU Digital Performer 9

AAX

  • Avid Pro Tools 2018 *

 

Other DAWs will not have this notification enabled, and you won’t be able to turn it on. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Logic X
  • Reaper
  • Avid Pro Tools 10

 

The reason for not including the feature in these workstations is that not all DAWs fully communicate with our plugin, so we can’t reliably detect whether audio is being rendered or whether the plugin has been bypassed. If you want us to include the notification in an unsupported DAW, please contact their respective support and let them know!

 

* In Pro Tools 2018, the render-bypass notification only works for regular offline rendering mode. The notification will not show up with real-time rendering - we are currently not able to detect that:

 

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No Logic support?

Seems pretty odd you'd release this feature without working out the detection issue in Logic.

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Hi Justin, 

We definitely share your frustration - the developers have been working tirelessly to make the feature supported on all possible DAW's. Unfortunately it hasn't been possible with Logic for the reasons mentioned above.

Hopefully a solution will be possible in the future, but for now we don't have a way of implementing the notification in Logic.

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Very nice feature addition, I remember back in the old days, after rendering for hours to suddenly realize my room corrections was on, oh, the size of that facepalm! :-D

Have in mind that in Reaper there is a nifty little solution that protects this from happening (after all the facepalms we got from not remembering).

The solution is that there is a special place to load all the room/monitoring correction plugins that will be valid for all open project tabs (and projects within projects, usually used for mastering albums or exporting for film).

This features a global bypass with smooth-switching to help A/B listening, etc.

You just have to load the Reference plugin there and it will never render, while it will be always active while working within the sequencer.

Here's a screenshot, in case you want to include this in this article for future reference.

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It's strange, Reason isn't listed at all, though it is a common used DAW. I bought Reason 2 weeks ago, I can use SW in Reason, but the bounce notification is not possible........

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Hey Robin, 

A lack of this feature more often than not just means that the DAW environment doesn't allow for it to be introduced. 
We would like to make it available in most DAWs, but in many cases, they would not interact with the plug-ins in a way that would allow for the feature to work.

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Thanx Chris, that explanes it......

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When I am ready to render my track, Am I supposed to "Disable" / Bypass the plugin on my Master track in Ableton? or leave the plugin enabled on my Master track but Bypass the correction within the plugin iteself with the blue button? I ask because if I disable the plugin vst in Ableton on my Master track my song clips like crazy and is super loud.

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Bonjour ? Cubase 10.5 n'est pas supporté non plus , vous pensez que cette fonction pourra être active bientôt ? Merci

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@Justin: you have proberly the "Save Headroom Button" engaged...... This way there will be like 6 dB extra headroom that you remove by bypassing SW...........

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Hi just a +1 for Cubase 10.5 please.

 

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everytime i export my audio i always forget bypass sonarworks4 ,because my DAW is cubase 10.5,not cubase 10。

please support 10.5 

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Hi Kobe Zhang and Jeremy Doyle, thanks for commenting! 

 

We cannot promise for this to work on your particular DAW version in the near future, however, for Cubase in particular, you can take advantage of the Control Room feature! The Control Room section is in place for monitoring plugins in particular - it gets bypassed automatically when rendering so you don't have to worry about the plugin still being active (it can simply stay ON permanently). In fact, many other DAWs feature equivalent functionality to Cubase's Control Room!

 

If there is no built-in feature for that in the DAW of your choice, you can always mirror this functionality by creating a dedicated monitoring path manually (one that's not a part of your main output for rendering). See this article in our Blog where this solution is described in detail (Pro Tools used as an example): How To Use Reference 4 In Pro Tools, Logic, and Cubase

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Hey,

Is it possible for this feature to be added to Ableton 11? Not sure if it has been disabled on purpose, but I just upgraded from Ableton 10 to 11 and I keep forgetting to take Reference off of the master because I'm so used to the notification coming up!

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Hi August, 

 

Thanks for letting us know! Generally, the list of supported DAW's for this feature remains the same but obviously something has gone wrong regarding Ableton 11. I have created an individual support request so that we can report on this. Thank you!

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