Polyverse Wider plugin by Infected Mushroom takes stereo widening further than ever
Infected Mushroom introduce their latest plugin, Polyverse Wider – a unique stereo widening tool without the obvious pitfalls we’re used to.
One of the most common questions I get asked with regards to production is “How do I make X sound wider?” and up until now there wasn’t really an easy answer that didn’t involve a bit of an explanation.
The major issues that generally comes to mind when applying stereo widening effects and techniques are mono-compatibility and phasing. These issues stem from material either being panned hard-left/right leaving nothing in the centre channel, or various phasing effects applied to make the sound seem wider than it is.
Polyverse Wider is different, it uses a specially designed all-pass and comb filter algorithm to achieve an expanded stereo image, without suffering from phasing or drop-out in the centre channel. In fact, when the channel is summed to mono, it returns exactly as the original signal – this is exciting because for me stereo and mono balance has always been a juggling act.
Polyverse Wider claims to take stereo width further than before, on the UI 100% represents “full stereo width” while offering the ability to boost it to 200% for a more exaggerated sound.
Did we really need another Stereo Widening Plugin?
Polyverse Wider uses an algorithm taken out of the companies renowned “Manipulator” plugin, a truly unique vocal processing tool, which found itself often being used for the simple task of its revolutionary widening algorithm. Polyverse are making huge waves releasing Wider, not only as a standalone plugin, but also absolutely free of charge.
Whether you’re an Infected Mushroom fan or just looking to take your sound to “awe-inspiring” levels of stereo width, head on over to the website and grab this Polyverse Wider! I already have!