New calibration software from Sonarworks lets anyone set up a multi-channel audio system

Sonarworks is the company behind the precision audio software used in the sound design of Oscar-winning films such as Rocketman and major live events like the Rio Olympics. Now the company is entering the multi-channel sound space with the new SoundID benchmark for multi-channel. It is an intuitive, guided software package that can minimize human error to deliver consistent and accurate loudspeaker measurement 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 an elevated generation watching action movies recorded with sophisticated multi-channel soundtracks demands ever more impressive sound.

Martins Popelis is the co-founder and CPO of Sonarworks: “The calibration of the multi-channel setup is crucial for efficient and accurate monitoring. If the frequency response of the speakers in the room doesn’t match, sound objects change their sound as you move them around the room. If the channel delays are misaligned, the sound from the speakers hits your ears at different times, inevitably destroying the soundstage. If your multi-channel setup isn’t calibrated, it’s hard to produce content that translates well outside of your room. »

It was this gap that drove Sonarworks to create its new product that allows anyone to self-calibrate multi-channel systems, with much better translation of spatial mixes between studios and end-user devices.

With the growing need for surround sound audio in movies, games, virtual reality, and music, more and more engineers are upgrading their stereo setups to multichannel and building new multichannel studios. It’s hard to get accurate, reliable sound from multi-channel systems. This is where Sonarworks says its new SoundID benchmark for multichannel can make things easier for anyone mixing multichannel sounds, whether at home or in a professional setting like a recording studio.

Setting up a multi-channel space is now easier or more affordable for anyone who can try their hand. With the software, creators can measure and calibrate their multi-channel setup in about an hour. The software simplifies loudspeaker measurement using patented microphone location technology and a streamlined process makes it easy to measure any setup.

The software works through a plugin and can produce a calibration profile that can be exported to the most popular multi-channel hardware, including AVID MTRX with SPQ DSP, AVID MTRX Studio, DAD AX32 with SPQ DSP, Dolby Atmos Mastering Suite, and more hardware support planned. Later in the year.

Price and availability: SoundID Reference for multichannel with measurement microphone is $549 or $499 without the microphone. Current users can upgrade from SoundID Reference for $249 or Reference 4 for $299. Creators can also try the unlimited program for free for 21 days by visiting sonarworks.com.

More information: sonarworks.com