Using A 2.0.3 DL on Vista
these stems were recorded from keyboard thru stereo compressor. I am then ripping them from CDr and importing the wav. I had some trouble at the time with either using the stereo link on the compressor, rather than two monos for a stereo mix: more often than not, it was a simple oversight having the button engaged- as with having the stereo linked, a sub bass that popped up on one side would effect the level of the whole mix. This was usually happening during some experimental sound/FX processing…so i was EQing and treating each channel independently.
Working with old “stems” recorded live and editing them in Audacity, that for the most part deal with a lot of stereo samples/sounds that for the most part, have some imbalance L and R- sometimes a snare or EQ-specific sound will inadvertently be more in one than the other. Splitting the tracks, then cutting/boosting EQ on one would take care of a lot, but let’s say you want a EQ-specific stereo widening effect for one channel- for example a snare that is panned to one side and you want it to show up in the other, also.
The hardware workaround for this i tried was re-dubbing: panning each channel hard left/right, then sending one channel, EQ’ing it, through a stereo delay, panning, adjusting wet/dry mix to taste. But due to the colored sound of the effects, it would add too much to one channel or be a real challenge …also, adding some inherent noise and level. So , basically, it is an EQ-specific Fx send…
I DL’d the Stereo Widener and Channel Mixer plugin and have yet to use then, but can these stereo effects be used on one channel instead of the entire mix? For example, in an experiment, i split a stereo track, then tried to apply the Phaser to one section (intro) of the channel and it wouldn’t do it. Got a Nyquist prompt. Sometimes, i just want to effect one channel and not both, or use two different effects in each channel in the same section.
Would another option be: copy the channel with the vocal, add new mono track, try to isolate it by EQ’ing everything else out, then panning everything/level/EQ to taste, rendering mix? I would probably still like to use some stereo effect on this mono track- some delay in the stereo-izing is OK, as i noticed many producers will send a snare through a HPF’d reverb also
to enhance the tails/high EQ a bit, as the kick and bass usually sit in the middle. Simply EQ’ing the whole mix to “add brightness” effects the whole mix, whereas EQ’ing one specific sound adds the needed detail.
I just wondered if anyone else has been mastering stuff like live mixes/recordings and had “tricks” they would like to share using the plug-ins