Creating a stereo width can effectively help in leading a strong emotional impact on tracks. Some mixes don’t produce the desired effect from speakers. So, it is important for a music mixer to focus on stereo widening to obtain effective results.
Many mixing experts have shared some valuable tips that could help a mix engineer to achieve the desired stereo width.
Start Mixing in Mono
While mixing in a track, it is important to deal with frequency balance issues. It is important to start mixing in mono to create a frequency balance across the frequency range.
Listening in mono makes it possible to hear the upfront version of a mix. Thus, it helps a mixing engineer to hear and fix frequency balance and level issues.
Use Stereo Imager Plugins
With the help of a stereo imager plugin, it is possible for a mixing engineer to widen a stereo signal with ease. It is possible to use a free stereo enhancer VST plugin to produce awesome effects. Many mixing engineers make use of a stereo widener to individual signals or busses to achieve stereo widening.
Apply a Stereo Imager for Certain Frequencies Only
While using a stereo expander, it is important to apply it only on certain frequencies. There are dedicated functions in a stereo enhancer plugin to boost the stereo width of certain frequencies.
Moreover, it is possible to apply a separate Bass Trim control on applying to drum buss. It works without affecting the rest of the part of a track.