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    Does this plugin exist?

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    Is there such a plugin that takes a stereo signal and varies the amount of width down to mono? There is a mono switch on my daw, but I was thinking that it would be interesting to be able to vary the amount of width to a given mix. Maybe there is a way to do it which I'm unaware of.

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    Most stereo enhancer plugs can go from mono to 100% wide.

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    A basic mid-side processor (not necessarily one for mid-side mics) should let you do that. That might be essentially the same as a stereo processor Chili mentions.

    In my DAW I can duplicate the track and make one track just the left channel and one track just the right channel, then use the pan knobs to narrow the image.

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    Great. Thanks for the replies. I recently downloaded Voxengo's free mid-side processor and will try that.

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    wAVES - S1 Stereo Imager will do that and more.

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    I donít think Voxengoís free MSED will do exactly what you describe. I used to use it regularly for rebalancing an IEM mix I recorded when I was playing at a church 6+ years ago. Great tool but you canít variably narrow the S component - just change the relative balance and pan of it and the M part. At least IIRC. (Of course they might have updated itís features since then - guess I should see if thereís an update!)

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    MS processing isn't really necessary. All you really need to do is pan the two existing channels closer to center. In Reaper there's a Width knob on every track that does exactly that. In the default Pan Mode, that knob is "hidden" in the I/O panel, but I use it all the time. If your DAW doesn't have something like that, you might have to split the stereo track to separate mono tracks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cfg View Post
    Is there such a plugin that takes a stereo signal and varies the amount of width down to mono? There is a mono switch on my daw, but I was thinking that it would be interesting to be able to vary the amount of width to a given mix. Maybe there is a way to do it which I'm unaware of.
    What daw are you using? I feel like this should be built in...

    Failing that splitting into two mono tracks (each with a pan knob) works fine, as mentioned.
    Stereo imagine plugins, as Chili says, should be able to do it too.
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    You can get iZotope's Ozone Stereo Imager for free here:
    Free Product Fulfillment

    You'll have to provide an email and make sure to capture the SN so you can authorize it on first use. Does exactly what you want. Here's a stereo track (solo guitar, so not very wide) and you can see a snapshot of the stereo image as on the CD and then when dialed down to mono.

    imager-stereo-png

    imager-mono-png
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    Thanks for all replies. Steenamaroo, I am using Reaper, and it probably has one buried in there somewhere, but I seem to like third party plugins better for some (probably illogical) reason. Thanks Keith, I downloaded the Izotope plugin, and it works great! Although I haven't quite figured out what stereoize is, but I'll have to read the manual.

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