"I also like to use the S1 Imager, again because of his voice being so raspy and mid-rangey, and the Imager opens it up. A perfect analogy is to think of a blanket on a bed which is tied in a knot, and then you open it up and spread the blanket over the bed. The Imager opens up his vocals and allows it sit on top of the track in a similar way. "more
I love the S1 Imager! I spent so many years using alternatives like the PSP StereoPack, Flux Stereo Tool, Auburn Panagement, and I should have just bought the S1 all along. The S1 has something extra (maybe the Shuffler feature) that makes it feel like I'm positioning the sound, not just panning it. The stereo widening is excellent, but I'm mostly using the S1 to narrow stereo channels in the mix & position them so the instruments don't overlap and are distinct, but without reducing them to little mono dots. Of course you can also automate the width, to get pulsing narrow/wide synth sounds. If you absolutely can't afford the S1, the free Flux Stereo Tool is a good alternative, but I'm so glad I switched to the S1 and the Waves Silver/Gold pack.