All-new American pro audio plug-in company Plugin Alliance LLC announces the availability of bx_stereomaker — joining bx_rockrack as the newest addition to the ‘Rock ’n’ Roll’ line of creative plug-ins from Plugin Alliance founder member Dirk Ulrich’s renowned German M/S mastering tools and audio plug-ins company Brainworx — as of August 27, 2012.
Stereo by name, stereo by nature, bx_stereomaker is an amazingly useful upmixing tool that allows users to easily add pseudo-spatiality and width to mono source-recorded tracks like guitars, vocals, and room mics, while balancing the centre of the stereo signal and paying particular attention to its frequency range.
Sounds simple? It is — in use. In reality, bx_stereomaker creates a virtual stereo signal with analogue-style filters using advanced digital science! Simply put, this is achieved by slicing the source signal’s spectral energy in an appropriate way (using the onscreen Tone knob’s 11 frequency intervals) to ensure that mono-compatibility is retained — providing the Tilt/ Pan knob remains untouched or centred. Depending on the frequency range of the mono source material being processed, bx_stereomaker can create a stereo image that is perceived as leaning a little leftward or rightward; tilting or panning allows adjustment of the stereo image to suit individual mixing taste.
As a result, the original signal is preserved when mixing the plug-in’s output down to mono.
Moreover, the effect can be band-limited to provide a tighter phase image in the bass frequency range (using the Mono- Frequency knob to select the frequency below which the output signal will remain mono), as well as making results sound more natural and less tinny (by turning up the Hi-Damp knob to roll off the spatial effect in the higher frequency range above 5kHz).
Further flexibility is available onscreen courtesy of the Stereo-Width knob (allowing adjustment of stereo width added to the mono signal to vary between 0% and 300%), Output Gain (-12dB to +12dB), plus a series of functional switches (L<>R — enabling the left and right channels to be exchanged before being fed into the Tilt/Pan section; Solo M — to solo the output signal’s non-spatial content; Solo S — to solo the pseudo-spatial content) and meters (L/R Peak; L/R RMS; Balance; Correlation).
Useful top toolbar functionality includes 32 steps of Undo/Redo and four settings per preset to set and recall momentary snapshots for automation purposes — plus, of course, flexible and convenient USB flash drive activation tools unique to Plugin Alliance!
So, prepare to meet your (stereo) maker… mixes get wider and tighter with bx_stereomaker! Simply widen any mono signals in modern mixes.
Available in 64- and 32-bit versions, Brainworx’s bx_stereomaker plug-in can be purchased and downloaded (in all Mac OS X and Windows formats — VST 2.4, VST 3, RTAS, AU, AAX) for an introductory price of $95.00 USD until September 15 (rising to $129.00 USD thereafter) from here
Hear bx_stereomaker (and bx_rockrack) in action on Brainworx CEO Dirk Ulrich’s live jazz recording of the award-winning Axel Fischbacher Trio (Alex Fischbacher, André Nendza, Ulf Stricker) here.
(bx_stereomaker inserted on snare and overheads, upright bass, and bx_rockrack-processed guitar; all spatiality created with bx_stereomaker!)