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Studio One: Releasing Your Masters

PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques By Robin Vincent

The Mixtool and Splitter plug-ins can be used to create separate processing chains for the Mid and Sides components of a stereo signal.The Mixtool and Splitter plug-ins can be used to create separate processing chains for the Mid and Sides components of a stereo signal.

After a few last stereo adjustments, it's time to prepare your Studio One masters for release.

In the last few Studio One workshops, we've been exploring the program's mastering capabilities. To finish off our tour of the Project side of Studio One, this month we'll look at Mid-Sides processing and check out the options for exporting your finished masters.

Side Splitting

Mid-Sides is an alternative way of representing stereo audio, where one channel carries the Mid or 'sum' component of the stereo signal and the other carries the Sides or 'difference' component. Another way of saying this is that Mid is what you get when you fold your stereo mix to mono, and the Sides is all the stuff that disappears when you do that. In his SOS November 2019 'Creative Mid-Sides Techniques' article, Eddie Bazil went into spectacular detail on using M‑S techniques creatively. His examples were focused in the multitrack arrange page, and involved duplicating audio to two tracks to process the Mid and the Sides signals separately. In Studio One's Project page we can't do that because we're dealing with a finished mix, not a multitrack. Instead we have to use some clever routing tools to give us the opportunity to work on our tracks in this way.

The routing is created in the Track Inserts part of the Project window. Hit the + sign next to the inserts for the selected song, go down to Mixing and choose Mixtool, the very useful utility plug-in that makes all this possible. In the plug-in, enable MS Transform. If you are playing back your track...

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Published February 2020