Fruity Stereo Shaper
edited almost 3 years ago
This stereo shaper plugin lets me widen the individual instruments in my mix to varying degrees. I made some presets that do full and half-width adjustments that closely model the Xfer Dimension Expander plugin. This is what I was after as this Stereo Shaper plugin has more control over the signal than does the simple Xfer Dimension Expander (that I love too by the way).
it works for the basics
a bare bones mid-side processor for your whole mix or for certain sub groups.... can be helpful on reverb sends too if you want to make the room sound bigger without a long reverb tail and more verb than early reflection, add width by taking the sides way out beyond the hardest panned channels... another cool trick is to have 3 sends, one that's early reflections, one that's short decay with predelay and one that's a long decay without predelay and you leave the earlies normal stereo, use this to shrink the width of the delayed short tail with this so tis nearly center and then you use this to kill the middle on the long delay? if you work some expansion into that equation too if you have the ears for it, really shape the long decay verb.... then you can, like, route all the channels to different combinations of each and take echo sends and rout them to different amounts of these reverb busses and the master creating a really dynamic and interesting picture of the room the song is taking palce in giving a sense of front to back, size and like just MOOD
but yeah, I like this and the stereo enhancer. they are bare ones but effective.... throw in the pan modes on equo for real fun, but only if you really understand what you're doing. But yeah, there are better ms processors and I have them but sometimes I just wanna do basic stuff across effects sends in FL and then I wanna be streamlined and use their native plugins so its a low CPU hit. You can do a lot with a little if you know how to work it.
anyway, tis got the phase offset and delay sections (continuously variable phase can be very useful on guitar buses where you wanna align 2 different microphones a certain way and pan them out... if you work the phase and the delay right you can do a lot with guitar buses where you have multiple mics or a tight double) and stuff and cool internal routing features, you can do a lot with it even though it seems like the feature set is less than a lot of the ms plugins that incorporate EQ