It’s a kind of magic.
The headphone mixing plugin.
Did you hear someone say you can’t mix on headphones? Nonsense.
Let naysayers ramble on about how you can’t make music on headphones while you shape great-sounding tracks
anywhere you are.
…or, until October 1, 2021
Ahead of the curve.
Sienna works out of the box with over 180 headphones – and counting – from the world’s most famous brands that we consistently measured and profiled using a highly sophisticated and extremely accurate system.
During our research, we considered both physical measurements and complex psychoacoustic phenomena, plus we put all competitors through their paces.
We soon realized that it is insufficient to apply an inverted curve to the signal like most plugins do. If anything, that’s the perfect recipe for disaster. If you tried some of these plugins yourself and thought they sounded plasticky or artificial, there is nothing wrong with you. That’s what we noticed too. And it got us thinking.
Not all headphones are born equal.
The truth is, there is only so much a headphone can physically do to reproduce sound. These limits are inherent to the way all different models are built. And that is fine.
To use an analogy, you would never try to hang ‘The Birth of Venus’ by Sandro Botticelli on a wall using a tack and expect it not to fall down.
Likewise, you can’t squeeze a corrective gain of, say, 15 dB at 60Hz into a headphone that just can’t physically take it and expect it to sound ‘just right.’
To achieve sound quality and reliability, we had to check all headphones. One. By. One. We learned the ins and outs of their designs, their limits, and their strengths to find an individual curve that wouldn’t introduce any artifacts whatsoever. And the only way to do it was by ear.
On the back of this approach, we developed an algorithm that optimizes each headphone’s overall response to work well with our room emulations.
A human touch.
We wish everything was measurable. But this is not a hundred percent scientific process, and not everything can be sampled or profiled. Fine-tuning each headphone by ear was critical to the final outcome. As a result, we managed to minimize the perceivable timbral differences between headphone models.
Headphone perfection made easy.
Sienna Reference and Reference Pro
Sienna Reference lets you quickly achieve sound perfection in your headphones by fiddling with just three knobs.
Pick a headphone model from the menu. Infuse some magic into it with Magic Q, and adjust the overall desired correction. Boom. Done.
See what users say.
If Italians do it better, Sienna does it best.
Before Sienna, I only used headphones for sound editing. Other software solutions invariably left me with a sour taste. Sienna’s stunning quality is the reason why I invested in a new pair of Audeze LCD-X! I am stoked.’
With Sienna, it’s as if headphones disappeared from my head leaving nothing but sound.
I have never liked mixing using headphones but Sienna has changed my mind and now my Sennheiser HD 600’s have pride of place in my mixing workflow.
Sienna is the tool we’ve all been waiting for. It nails the perception of Mid and Side on headphones. This is the future of professional home recording.
Sienna drastically improved my critical listening flow, plus I get a feel of how my mixes sound in other rooms, without ever leaving my chair.
Sienna offers a unique and efficient solution for both room emulation and headphone response calibration. It draws the engineer into its virtual spaces with a notable sense of accuracy, offering flexibility and power without losing sight of its core elegance and simplicity of function.
Sienna has solved many of the typical problems associated with headphone listening. The headphone correction alone is nothing short of outstanding. My LCD-X’s sound so good with Sienna. It’s a real game changer.
Sienna is like a magic music lens that you can turn into a panoramic telescope or an electronic microscope, depending on what you decide to focus on.
Sienna provides me with incredible options and flexibility to dial in the sound I want. It’s a winner!
Sienna has allowed me to trust what I’m hearing with my mobile setup just as much as when I’m working in the studio. I highly recommend it.
Sienna gets the maximum out of your headphones. A well-balanced mix or master can be achieved more quickly and can be translated to alternative sound systems.
Sienna is highly addictive. I just can’t mix on my HD650’s anymore without it.
Sienna isn’t just another room emulation software. It sounds so real I forgot that I was wearing headphones. It feels like I am listening on my studio speakers! Amazing!