tavasti wrote:What is your experience about that Mixbus feature? Does it help make it wider itself, or do you still need / use some plugins for widening?
Yes, it does make the mixbuss sound wider. It's actually pretty obvious. For this reason I put it dead center when I start a new mix. So that I have some leeway to widen parts of the mix when needed. Note that there's no width adjustment on the master bus.
As with most other plugins/FX each one has its own 'character', its own 'color'. And they all address a related purpose in a different way. If one wants widening to take place on the master bus, as in mastering, then a plugin is needed. Other plugins can widen by providing more control over certain frequencies, etc... Like reverbs and delays, each has it's own uses depending on the material and the mix. As a parallel, some reverbs are not sounding very nice globally but can add tonal characteristics to certain instruments whne used close to the original sound. Same with the stereo enhancers. One might be just the right thing for that
If one wants to mix using Mixbus32C only and nothing else - which is something not far-fetched - then those controls on the mixbusses provide a very nice way to add space. Same with other Mixbus32C features such as compression and tape simulation. They offer basic sound design capabilities which can be just enough. I tend to drive a new mix as far as it can using only Mixbus32C, then add 'sweetening' later. Unless of course, an instrument sound itself that relies on FX from the beginning.