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Help with stereo enhancer on the master?

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  1. Rubenn

    Rubenn New Metal Member

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    Hi guys,
    I'm new here. I was looking for help regarding some stereo enhancing on the master bus. Can you suggest some plugins to do that? The only stereo plugin I ever used is Voxengo Stereo Touch, but I don't know if it may be suitable for the master bus. What are your advices?
    I'd prefer if you suggest something free (sorry!).

    Thank you all!
     
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    Welcome to the board:)

    mid/side processing is my favorite way to achieve a wider stereo image. Personally I use the ozone m/s eq but if you want something free check out this vst :

    http://www.vst4free.com/free_vst.php?id=1053
     
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    #3 TRUIE, Mar 30, 2016
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    This x10000000
    Stereo Enhancing plugins are usually very gimmicky and very easy to overdo. The best way to get a wide stereo image is to firstly, have a killer mix with good balance throughout. Then, during the mastering stage M/S processing will do the rest.
     
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    I really dig bx_digital2 to center bass freq 80hz, a hint of deesser and to give a tiny touch of widening 5% or so.
     
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    Rubenn New Metal Member

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    I tried the M/S processing VST you linked and wow! This is awesome, actually! I think I'll use this a lot, and the saturation knob is also very useful I think! Thank you :)
     
  7. TRUIE

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    FYI the 2 VSTs I mentionned also uses M/S processing.
    You won't be able to do anything drastic with it or fix issues on bad mixes, but they work wonders to add a final touch/tiny bit of widening.
     
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    A broadband compressor e.g. Pro-C will do the trick but it'ts not free
     
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    @Megin : care to explain how you use a broadband compressor to widen the stereo field ?
     
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    Talking about paid plugins, I use Brainworx Bx_Control all the time to do this (mono sub lows and subtle width enhancement), but it's a bit pricey.
    It's on sale from time to time at lower price.

    For width enhancement only, I forgot about their free Bx_Solo plugin :
    https://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/products/bx_solo.html
     
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    Dude, if you are the one mixing, than you shouldn't use any stereo widening on master. Start your work from arrangement to mixing. Don't pan everything hard L&R (mainly only guitars), use wider stereo panning/ processing for tense sections like you'd use volume automatization.
    P.S. Don't use tools just because you want to.
     
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