Sonarworks Reference 3 Studio by auralart
Sonarworks Reference 3 is a digital room correction system that really nails it.
Before I go on let me mention that like many others I work a lot from home and one of the bedrooms has been turned into a mixing/editing room. I also have room treatment up which includes bass traps on the corners and 2" panels to help with reflections.
After doing some research and based off a recommendation from another GS member, I ended up going with Sonarworks 3 and ordered the trial package that comes with their own reference microphone.
Getting everything set up was very easy on my Mac. The software guides you step by step on what to do and where to place the mic.
I was very impressed at how the software used pulses of sound to find the microphone in the room and tells you where to move it while it is getting measurements. But the real test came when the software gave me the correction file and I loaded it into my DAW (Logic X). I pulled up an old project that was a pain in the a** to mix and started from scratch and re-mixed the whole thing.
Sonarworks not only gives you a corrected response but simulations of popular playback and monitoring systems as well. My favorite of course was the NS-10 simulation, which they nailed!
The usual routine when I finish a mix is to listen on earbuds, laptop speakers, home theater hifi speakers, and of course the car test. I take a notepad with me, write down what I don't like and adjust accordingly.
After using Sonarworks I can tell you that my notepad was blank. There was nothing that I needed to go back and fix. The low end had authority and was tight and controlled, mid range was right where it needed to be and the high end was perfect.
But of course only one project is not enough, maybe it was just luck that I got the mix right. Well, I'm about four mixes in with Sonarworks and the results have been very consistent. I'm hearing a better stereo image, more detail and I'm confident every move I make is gonna sound good on any system.
Amazing product, and top notch customer service.