Stereo Expansion

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by hilly, Feb 26, 2006.

  1. hilly

    hilly Guest

    What exactly does the stereo expansion effect do? How much should it be used in general?
  2. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Distinguished Member

    Sep 12, 2002
    NYC New York
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    depends on what you are using to generate it. each plugin or technique does it a bit differently with different results. Some use phase, some use level, some use phase and frequency etc... The goal when using something like this is to spread the stereo width wider without destroying the image. If it's needed, usually a little is good, a lot it bad. A lot of stereo enhancers will tend to collapse the middle.
  3. pingu

    pingu Guest

    They can also be used to tighten the stereo field. This can result in a punchier
  4. DUDE007

    DUDE007 Guest

    Which of these plug ins or hardware produce the best results?
  5. pingu

    pingu Guest

    Bobs Katz hardware unit is supposed to be the best.

    voxengo ms plug is good

    Also harbals air feature adds a great little touch.

    T-racks compressor has good stereo enhancement.
  6. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Distinguished Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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    There are several techniques (normally combinations of steps) that may or may not be *driven by* plugins or M/S matrixes. Which method works best is entirely up to the mix.

    And I'd argue that most of that should be well settled before the mastering phase...

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