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    Using Stereo Enhancer pulgins in Mastering

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    I've been doing a few quick masters at home with Cubase 5, the same DAW I use for tracking/mixing and pretty much everything in between. I've noticed that using the basic stereo enhancer vst plugin on a track after a limiter can subtly widen the mix and add a touch of overall clarity and size to the song. Do you think this is this a common technique used by professionals? Have you ever done this? Share your thoughts.

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    For the most part I don't care for such a plug in, if you already have a good clear mix with a good stereo spread and all the instruments have there place in the mix then you should be fine.



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    I've used it a few times, sparingly. It can widen out a mix and polish it off a little with some depth, but use it too much and you have very little center and very loud reverbs (if there was reverb used in the mix)
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    I've tried several. They can sound interesting, but I always end up taking them out when I listen back the next day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XLR View Post
    I've tried several. They can sound interesting, but I always end up taking them out when I listen back the next day.
    My exact experience. After working with a mix for a while, they seem to add a little "something" that sounds cool. But step away for a while and get some fresh ears and then it ain't all that and bag a chips. (Do the kids still use that one??)

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    heres my new found knowledge


    stereo enhancers in the mastering stage are a no no unless used very moderately...because you are also stereoising (is that a word?) some of the signals that should remain mono...your anchors


    youll need a plug in like Bx digital or i think sonalikis has a stereo tool that allows you to keep certain frequencies mono...say everything beneath 125 - 200Hz which would cover a large part of bass and kick then increase the gain on the stereo above that...

    using it on tracks then mastering and using it can also cause phasing problems..


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    *SOOOOOOOO* moderately that they're almost never used except under rather rare and unique occasions.

    Adding one to *your own* mix would be -- it would be like ----

    I can't even think of a decent analogy.

    You want to kiss your drum overheads with it or something, go for it. Putting it across a whole mix...? Just remix it.

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    never above 3db on a full moon!

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    But massive ....kissing your overheads? That's a little to much personal information so early in this morning.



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