For the Windows version of this answer click here.
Either for mixing purposes or just plain music listening, at some point you probably wished for a system wide solution to listen to your music through our Reference 3 plug-in. While we’re still working on a system wide solution ourselves, here’s a quick guide to a solution for Mac OS X that works for free right now!
For this you will need to download two applications that serve the purpose of hosting our plug-in and then routing it to your system's sound output.
Download and install the latest build Soundflower from here: https://github.com/mattingalls/Soundflower/releases
Once installed, restart your computer and open up your system Sound settings, click on the Output tab and select Soundflower (2ch) as your new output.
Now download and install Pedalboard 2 (http://www.niallmoody.com/apps/pedalboard2), after installing you will need to restart your computer again.
Launch Pedalboard2 and on the menu bar press Options, then on Audio Settings.
Now in the Audio Settings window select Soundflower (2ch) as your input and leave your output to your built-in output or to your soundcard or interface.
Now double-click on the open space in PedalBoard2 to add an audio plug-in and select the Sonarworks Reference 3 plug-in. If it doesn’t show up, go again to Options, Plug-in List and then scan for new plug-ins.
The Sonarworks Reference 3 plug-in will show up in the middle and you will need to connect the corresponding inputs and outputs, like shown in the picture.
If you wish to open up the plug-in interface and change your calibration profile or other setting, just press on the letter “e” on the selected module.
That’s it, you’re good to go!