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What's your go-to stereo widening plugin?

Postby TheLegit » Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:27 pm

Anyone use these and what's your fave!
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Re: What's your go-to stereo widening plugin?

Postby CS70 » Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:36 pm

Don't use them very much, as I like to make my stereo wide by using delays and reverbs in mid/side mode.. but I like Bootsy's RescueAE very much for what it can do on stereo tracks.
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Re: What's your go-to stereo widening plugin?

Postby blinddrew » Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:52 pm

Plugin Alliance BX solo for simple widening / narrowing, Ozone Imager if some fake stereo is also required.
Or just crank the sides signal...
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Re: What's your go-to stereo widening plugin?

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:20 pm

blinddrew wrote:Plugin Alliance BX solo for simple widening / narrowing, Ozone Imager if some fake stereo is also required.
Or just crank the sides signal...

Er, isn't cranking the side signal exactly what BX Solo does Drew? ;)


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Re: What's your go-to stereo widening plugin?

Postby Kwackman » Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:23 pm

"Wider" by Polyverse.
Simple to use, and free.
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Re: What's your go-to stereo widening plugin?

Postby ManFromGlass » Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:28 pm

Yes, this one.
Simple and fun for extreme panning.
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Re: What's your go-to stereo widening plugin?

Postby desmond » Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:30 pm

Waves S1 and the one in Ozone, typically...
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Re: What's your go-to stereo widening plugin?

Postby blinddrew » Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:24 pm

Martin Walker wrote:
blinddrew wrote:Plugin Alliance BX solo for simple widening / narrowing, Ozone Imager if some fake stereo is also required.
Or just crank the sides signal...

Er, isn't cranking the side signal exactly what BX Solo does Drew? ;)


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Re: What's your go-to stereo widening plugin?

Postby The Elf » Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:33 pm

I dont use them. I'm very wary of anything that can mess with mono compatibilty.
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Re: What's your go-to stereo widening plugin?

Postby Arpangel » Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:54 pm

Reaper, JS Stereo Widener, free, and basic, it "widens" things!
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Re: What's your go-to stereo widening plugin?

Postby James Perrett » Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:59 pm

Reaper's JS Stereo Field Manipulator - a bit like Waves S1 but without the shuffling and fancy user interface. If you don't use Reaper you can download the Reaplugs package for any VST compatible DAW and find it in there.
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Re: What's your go-to stereo widening plugin?

Postby Matt Houghton » Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:42 pm

You do mean widening the perceived image of an already-stereo sound here, right — as opposed to making a mono sound seem somewhat wider?

If the former, typically I'll start with M/S balance, eg using Voxengo MSED. I might look to M/S EQ too — maybe high-pass the Sides. I might also consider Haas delays on any stereo 'ear candy' parts and effects that are not particularly critical to the mix and I won't miss if they drop out in mono.

For the latter... I rarely do, other than using reverbs and delays, or maybe an occasional stereo chorus or fake double track (the last usually courtesy of Revoice Pro).

It's all a case of horses for courses, really...
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Re: What's your go-to stereo widening plugin?

Postby Sam Inglis » Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:02 pm

I don't use them. I just hard pan things in the first place and that seems to make the mix plenty wide enough.
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Re: What's your go-to stereo widening plugin?

Postby The Elf » Mon Nov 16, 2020 6:42 pm

Sam Inglis wrote:I don't use them. I just hard pan things in the first place and that seems to make the mix plenty wide enough.
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Re: What's your go-to stereo widening plugin?

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Nov 17, 2020 1:56 am

I hope I'm not going to rock the boat too much by mentioning that very occasionally I still dig out my DirectX QSound plug-ins, to push the odd sound effect beyond the loudspeakers - very effective!

(caveat - sadly QSound doesn't work under headphones).


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