Note: this article is for the free Legacy version of Reveal, which is not the current Reveal+ plugin. The Legacy version doesn't offer custom HRTF or spatialization. For instructions on installing the current Reveal+ plugin, please click here to visit the Reveal+ web page.
Reveal is a revolutionary plugin developed by Audeze which applies carefully designed filter presets specific to our headphone models. This provides the listener with an experience similar to what you would hear from high quality studio reference monitors in an acoustically treated room (but without the pesky room reflections and reverb*). The presets are not meant to fix any issues, but rather to enhance the listener’s experience. We expect some users will prefer our headphones without any DSP presets, while others will prefer the “room sound” calibration provided by these Reveal plugin presets. The choice is yours!
For professional applications, Reveal can allow mixing and/or mastering in virtually any location while ensuring your work will translate well to most any system. For pleasure listening, Reveal gives another “flavor” to be chosen by the listener and adds value to your Audeze headphones.
The Reveal plugin is available at no cost for macOS (10.10 and above) and Windows (7 and above) and is compatible with most Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) or playback software that supports AU, VST or AAX plugins. Compatible DAWs include ProTools, Logic, Ableton Live, Digital Performer, REAPER and others. Compatible audio playback software includes JRiver, Audirvana Plus, Pure Music, VOX, Foobar2000 and others. The filters used by the Reveal plugin were designed for all commonly used sample-rates (44.1 kHz - 768 kHz), so no resampling happens no matter what sample-rate you use.
Thanks in part to its highly intuitive user interface, Reveal is extremely easy to use. Simply download and install the plugin package here, load it into your DAW or music player software, select the model of Audeze headphone you’re using from the dropdown menu on the left, then make any adjustments to the Mix and Gain knobs to suit your taste and material.
* Reveal Plugin does not apply any spatialization, reflections or crossfeed. It is designed to to be transparent and as unobtrusive as possible.
How to Install Reveal
To install Reveal, download the Reveal Plugin file for Windows and MacOSX here. Once the download is complete, double click on the downloaded file to run the installer. The installer should prompt you to select which components you want to install, and the directory in which you would like to install them. Be sure you install the versions you need for your system and put them in the location recommended by the provider of your preferred software (usually the system plugins folder).
Here's what the installation process looks like for Windows:
How to Configure the Plugin for DAW Applications
Most DAW applications work in similar ways, but there are some differences in the way plugins are integrated. We suggest you contact the maker of your particular DAW if you have any questions.
Setting up Reveal in Logic
In your project, open the mixer by pressing X on your keyboard and locate the Audio FX section of your Stereo Out track:
Select an empty plugin slot, then locate the Reveal plugin under Audio Units>Audeze>Reveal>Stereo in the dropdown menu:
Once the plugin has been activated, the Graphic User Interface (GUI) should automatically open, allowing you to select the appropriate preset for your Audeze headphone. The GUI also features Mix and Gain knobs which allow you to adjust the intensity and volume of the effect:
How to Configure the Plugin for Audio players
Most music player applications will work in a similar fashion, but they all have their own way of integrating plugins into their interface. We suggest you contact the maker of your particular player with any questions you might have.
Setting up Reveal on JRiver Media Player
Open the Tools menu then select the DSP Studio button
In DSP Studio dialog, select 'Manage Plug-ins'. Then click 'Add JRiver, VST, or Winamp Plug-in'
Navigate to the folder where the Reveal plugin is located and select Reveal.vst. Click Open to proceed
Once back on the main JRiver home screen, click Tools to open DSP Studio again. Select the Reveal checkbox to activate the Plugin