REFERENCE | Mixing and mastering utility plugin

REFERENCE | Mixing and mastering utility plugin

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It can be frustrating not knowing exactly how to get your music comparable to your favorite mixes. REFERENCE Is packed with powerful tools and insights to help you get closer than ever to the sound of your favorite music.

Get closer than ever to the sound of your favorite mixes

Key Benefits

Compare your mix or master to up to 12 reference tracks and create multiple loops so you can quickly compare various sections of your track to your reference.

Instantly and accurately match the loudness of your track and your references. This is crucial for a fair comparison and for making informed decisions on how to shape your sound.

Visual and actionable insights to make matching the true peak, loudness, EQ balance, punch, and stereo width of your reference tracks easier than ever. 

Includes an additional source plugin called REFSEND that allows you to bypass entire FX chains to make loudness-matched A/B comparisons. 

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Pro Reviews

Nicky Romero

REFERENCE is my go to tool to simply A/B between reference tracks and get my mix & master where i want it to be!

MusicTech review for REFERENCE plugin

Music Tech

REFERENCE is an excellent, well-designed plug-in that offers unique and useful visual insights into your mix and references.

James F Reynolds review for REFERENCE plugin

James F Reynolds

REFERENCE is an amazing plugin that helps me make accurate mix decisions and cuts out the guess work.

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1. Load Your References

Load up an instance of REFERENCE as the final plugin on your master bus. REFERENCE should come after your metering plugin but before any speaker / headphone calibration software (if you use it). Drag and drop the reference tracks you want to use onto the Wave Transport.

2. Level Match

Your mix will most likely be a lot quieter than your reference tracks giving you the misconception that it has a weaker bass and less clarity in the high frequencies. The Level Match button will allow you to compare your mix to the reference tracks without bias, allowing you to make informed mixing decisions.

3. Gain Insights

The visuals in the Trinity Display show you how your EQ balance, stereo width and compression compares to your reference track. You can also click to solo a frequency band allowing you to zone in on the intricate differences between your mix and your references.

Walkthrough Video


Mastering With REFERENCE

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MAC OSX Requirements

OS X 10.8.5 or higher. 64-bit AU, VST 2/3 or AAX host.

Windows Requirements

Windows 7, 8 or 10. 64-bit VST 2/3 or AAX host.

REFERENCE 2 is a free update for everyone who owns REFERENCE 1. Download and run the new installer to upgrade. Your existing license will work to keep REFERENCE activated.