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Waves NX Virtual Mix Room + Sonarworks Headphone Plugin Combo

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Waves NX

Waves Nx is a virtual monitoring plugin that simulates the ideal acoustics of a high-end mix room – inside your headphones.

Powered by Waves’ groundbreaking Nx technology, Waves Nx lets you hear, on headphones, the same natural depth, natural reflections, and panoramic stereo image you would be hearing from speakers in an actual room.

Waves Nx turns your headphones into a more reliable mixing and monitoring tool by letting you hear everything with real-world dimension, rather than flat in your head. Insert the plugin on your master buss, and hear all the elements of your mix accurately laid out in space, just as you would in the sweet spot of a great-sounding professional mix room.

Waves Nx finally bridges the gap between monitoring on speakers and monitoring on headphones. By letting you hear the depth and stereo spread you would be hearing on external monitors, Nx gives you an accurate representation of how your headphone mix will translate to loudspeakers. By delivering the natural listening experience of a physical room, Waves Nx also makes the headphone experience more comfortable and ear-friendly over long periods of time.

Want to mix for 5.1 or 5.0 surround on your regular stereo headphones? Waves Nx lets you do exactly that – a true revolution in the world of surround mixing.

Best of all: Waves Nx does all this without coloring your sound. What you hear is your mix, exactly the way you want it to sound – only now you have a more accurate way to monitor it on headphones.

Use Waves Nx with real-time head tracking – taking advantage of your computer’s camera or the Nx Head Tracker unit – and enjoy the enhanced realism of being in the Virtual Mix Room, anywhere and everywhere you go.


Get the ideal acoustics of a top mix room – inside your headphones
Accurately judge mix depth, balance and panning over headphones
Transparent sound that preserves your original tone
Mix for 5.1 and 5.0 surround on your regular stereo headphones
Personalize the plugin to your individual head measurements
Use Nx with real-time head tracking for enhanced realism




The new Reference 4

Full confidence in sound on your current headphones. Now including Systemwide!




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Remove unwanted coloration from studio headphones

Focus on the music instead of worrying about your setup and make the right impact on every listener out there.


“If you’re looking for a very inexpensive way to improve your monitoring capabilities in your studio – look no further.”

Jeff Ellis, an audio engineer who has worked with: Frank Ocean, Skylar Gray, Kate Nash, Nick Jonas


“Truly accurate monitoring allowing you to be fully confident in your mixes; an absolute must have for the studio.”

Smith Carlson, an engineer and producer who has worked with: Taylor Swift, Beyonce, One Republic, Maroon 5


Reference 4 consists of three modules:

DAW plugin

Reference sound combined with true zero latency processing

Calibration profiles, predefined simulations and filter modes for every usecase

AU, AAX Native, RTAS and VST formats


Systemwide app

Works at OS level and calibrates all outgoing audio

Includes all DAW plugin features

Windows and Mac


Based on our patented technologies

Accurate sound from headphones
Measures the frequency response from any pair of headphones as perceived by human ears.
Simplest way to measure the room
Automatically locates the microphone position using acoustic trilateration.
Reference sound from your monitors
Calculates acoustic power received by the listener in a defined listening spot or listening area.

Our customers love Reference.

Musicians. Producers. Audio Engineers.

Rated 4.56 out of 5 from 256 user reviews.
“Easy setup. Totally stable. Now I can trust my headphone mixes. I love the simulations as well for getting a feel for my mix on other systems.”
 Aaron Russell
“I've poured lots of money and time into my love of music in the last 15 years. If I lost everything and had to start again getting Sonarworks Reference and a pair of calibrated headphones would be one of the first three things I’d do.”
 Alex Taylor
“As someone working in a small, untreated, cube-shaped room with budget monitors, the Reference 3 plugin gives me an invaluable flat-response monitoring solution that I can always trust. 10/10!”
 Cameron Muir

Three ways to a sound you can trust

Reference 4 Headphone Edition

Best suited for sound creation on headphones
DAW plugin for headphones
Systemwide app for headphones
SpecialsOct 1, 2017