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Basslane is used to narrow the stereo width of low frequencies in tracks and mixes. It's a simple, yet handy utility that allows you to regain bass tightness and prevent "muddy" mixes caused by a too wide low end.
Basslane is also very useful when mastering and especially when mastering for vinyl records. It allows you to transparently prevent problematic stereo content in the low frequencies. The easy-to-use interface features a range of monitoring options allowing precise fine tuning while auditioning the processing at different stages.
- Easy to use.
- Transparent stereo sound with classic pan response.
- 6/12 dB/oct filter switch for variable filter steepness.
- Width sweepable from full stereo to full mono.
- Useful auditioning modes.
Reviewed By Arglebargle
December 16, 2009
For instance, you're mixing live drums but don't like the wide sound of the kick and/or snare. Pop this on the overheads, turn the width knob to mono, and select a frequency between, say, 300 Hz and 1 kHz (or whatever). Instantly tightens up the low end of the kit while preserving the space of things like hi-hats and cymbals.
Another application is wide synth basses, which are common in modern soft-synths. Use BassLane to make the lows and mids dead to center while leaving stereo content in the upper region.
Yes, this stuff can be accomplished with a standard filter plugin and multiple tracks, but it's a pain in the butt. BassLane makes it quick and easy.
No complaints about the interface, it's straightforward and simple. You can listen to the dry and wet portions of the signal, to quickly tell how the plug is affecting the material.
All in all, I find this an indispensable mixing tool, and best of all it's free!Read more
Reviewed By Har
January 30, 2007
Basslane was the perfect solution for this: after setting the cutoff frequency of its LPF (the pre/post monitoring options really help with this) and collapsing just frequencies below that to mono, the deep bass tones became solid and punchy while leaving the upper frequencies to bounce around in the stereo field.
I imagine this could also be really useful for situations where you have a full stereo mix of a song where the bass was recorded in stereo and lacking punch. Running such a pre-mixed track through BassLane would let you zero in on the bass frequencies and pull them in towards center.
Highly recommended. :-)Read more