turbidh20 wrote: ↑
Thu Jul 23, 2020 2:30 pm
Edit: @Capoeira Just out of interest, as you ears no doubt work better than mine, would you mind posting the settings you use for "Stereo Width"? I
I had to learn this yet, too. I had a few listens on centered mono sources and wide stereo sources.
"Stereo Width" does nothing to mono (yea, the name sugests it) and messes up the balance, like same what happens to the example one post above and what happens to many other tecniques spreaded in the internet.
you are probably supposed to balance this effect out with the balance knob, but it get's very weird imo. btw: Calf Stereo Tools can do the same things (with the same balance problems)
I ditched "Stereo Width".
went back to Airwindows wider, and the width knob actualy widens stereo (without effecting balance), just not very much, but if it is obvious it is most of the time too much. the center slider (for mono?) does nothing.
before you ask: I think the slider can be used to the max, then reduce master track to mono to check if you get any cancelation. it probably is limited in width just to not cause cancelation. test the width by soling your hard panned tracks.
So I put my new Ozone Elements into the test:
"width" sounds like "width" in the Airwindows one, but with much wider possibilities (too wide?)
"Stereoize I" sucks, and "Stereoize II" adds width to mono-centered source masterfully (in conjunction with width).
everything sounds very naturaly
I don't think this kind of tool is something for freeware to get right. Izotope worked many, many years on their tools.
I can recomend Ozone Elements for the wider only, let alone the other tools.
there are probably other payed solution as good as (or perhaps not), but I wont dig deeper into this as I allready have my solution.
one thing: those balance (phase?) problems I talked about might sound good on some genres like experimental or electro(?). but personaly I think they suck