Stereoizing mono content, tips, techniques?

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55 posts since 28 Oct, 2005

Post Thu Sep 29, 2022 8:57 am

Besides the obvious one, find a similar sample and pan them oppsite, what other methods and plugins do you guys use? I am mostly thinking about sample based music, where if all you have is mono recordings.

From plugin side all i know is the PSP stereopack, which i like as it still sounds good in mono.

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1443 posts since 8 Feb, 2013 from Switzerland

Post Thu Sep 29, 2022 9:31 am

You can get PA bx_stereomaker ($19.99) for free with code BOOM-20-OFF today.
Link: ... maker.html

The bx_stereomaker is a frequency-optimized M/S upmixing plugin that converts ANY mono signal to stereo, while keeping them 100% mono-compatible!

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Beware the Quoth
31617 posts since 4 Sep, 2001 from R'lyeh Oceanic Amusement Park and Funfair

Post Thu Sep 29, 2022 9:33 am

Tons of plugins out there for doing it. In fact, have a read of this thread :
and maybe get one of the commercial Plugin Alliance ones for free... There are at least three fit the bill (bx_stereomaker, Stage, Mono Upmix) that are currently priced under $20 so free with that voucher code today.

Topic Starter
55 posts since 28 Oct, 2005

Post Thu Sep 29, 2022 10:09 am

Got the bx_stereomaker with the code, much appreciated!

6 posts since 3 Jan, 2008

Post Mon Nov 28, 2022 7:22 am

Haas effect, opposite EQ processing, delays, reverbs, different side processing (2 different saturation types, for example).

NOTE: Please always check mono compatibility when doing these types of tricks, as they may create correlation problems.

7 posts since 22 Nov, 2022

Post Wed Nov 30, 2022 12:16 pm

On top of 'stereorizer' type plugins, a slap delay at 1/32 or 1/64 time should give you a subtle but pleasing effect. Sometimes you don't want 100% of the L/R space filled, but want to thicken the sound up a little bit. Works great for vocals especially.

Steve Bolivar
797 posts since 25 Aug, 2006

Post Wed Nov 30, 2022 8:13 pm

Nugen Stereoplacer (the scaled down elements version of on sale now for $24).
Nugen Stereoizer (the scaled down elements version of on sale now for $24).
Both maintain mono compatibility. I have the full versions only because when I bought them years ago the cheaper elements versions weren't out.

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