Minor miracles can be accomplished with mid side EQ!
We can widen (or narrow) the stereo image at selected frequencies.
This technique is also called Shuffling or Stereo Shuffling.
This is a process that allows one to 'remix' a track - if that's called for.
And although we're just dealing with frequencies, we can get the effects like these:
Virtually all of today's EQ software includes this option. This wasn't always the case. Once upon a time, I'd have use this setup described below whenever I needed to do something like this.
I started with the basic outline I've described here.
I prefer Voxengo's free MSED plugin because of it's simpler interface:
The right channel of the EQ will control the centre or mono element of the file. The left channel will control the stereo or side element - the spread.
We start with my 'DAW' set up (described here).
In this DAW set up then, we follow Voxengo's MSED plugin on each track this way::
In any mid side set up this is always an INSERT effects chain.
Each track's full signal goes directly in through their respective chains, without using send faders!
With this setup something like Waves' Linear Phase EQ can be used in a mid side environment - even though it has no option for this on its own!
Remember...what we have now is a width control confined to selected frequencies.
So we can now:
To mention just a few things...
Any mid-side technique is something to be always use sparingly.
For instance, let's return to that last point I made above.
there's already a lot of signal content below 650 Hz, especially at the midrange
around 250 Hz, lots of playback problems can happen on cheaper
boom-boxes. Like excessive rattling!
Of course, nowadays, virtually every program designer includes a mid
side mode in their EQ's. Everyone from PSP, Ozone, Voxengo, T-Racks,
and even Waves, to name a few.
So is there even a use anymore for a setup like this?
Remember when I mentioned how we can shift the panorama of a mix without moving the mono element?
Let's go back to the DAW set up.
If we insert an EQ with left/right controls into the 'side' channel, we can do something like pan-shift the cymbals in a mix. This technique can really help balance out a frequency-based lop-sided mix and give it more fullness.
Voxengo's Soniformer plugin actually has a primitive way to accomplish this. However Nugen Audio's StereoPlacer simplifies this in one compact interface.
So if you've lost your mix project, there is a ray of hope!
Lessons well learned long ago!:
Whenever using mid side EQ, linear phase models are the best choice.
But sometimes, minor miracles can happen!
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