|Product||Wider Boy Pro|
|Type / Tags||ImagingExciter / Enhancer|
|Copy Protection||Serial Number|
- Full parameter automation capabilities within compliant host applications.
- 32-Bit processing throughout.
- "MIDI Sync" option enables "Note-On" control of High and Bass pan.
- "Bounce Mode" provides 4 different "Midi Sync" modes for "Stereo-Basis" panning:
- Bounce High Only.
- Bounce Bass Only.
- Bass and High in-phase.
- Bass and High anti-phase.
- "Bounce Slope" for complete control of Midi transitions in "Bounce Mode" (prevents audio clicks).
- Auto-detect host sample rate.
- Panning functionality for High frequencies independent of Bass.
- Humidity control:- A Dry to Wet slider. 100% Wet is the processed signal only.
- Mode: Provides 5 output modes:
- Classic - The original "Wide Boy" sound.
- Toast - Even warmer and richer (my favorite).
- Boost C - "Wide Boy" with boosted high frequency.
- Desert - A flatter restrained mix.
- Thru Pan - Passes the input to output via the High Pan slider.
- "Spectral Pivot" frequency extended to a maximum of 2 kHz.
- "High" button: switch everything above the spectral pivot frequency on/off.
- "Bass" button: switch everything below the spectral pivot frequency on/off.
- "Boost Wide": provides further widening of the soundstage under any mode.
- "Mono Bass": enables to collapse everything below the pivot frequency to mono.
- "Pivot Mode": determines the transition width between Bass and High frequencies.
Reviewed By SRF
March 19, 2004
Essentially, Wider Boy simply takes your mix and widens its stereo image. The trick is that it offers some flexible options to make this effect subtle or extreme, and different algorithms for how much it "colours" the sound. It also avoids the "disappearing bass" problem by enabling you to leave the signal mono below a predefined frequency, and lets you boost it if you need to.
I'm not technically adept enough to explain all of its features (sorry). All I can say is that on my current tune, used subtly, it has slightly widened the mix to make room for the bass in the middle. Suddenly it all sounds better with minimal effort. There are some more extreme settings that might be useful in other contexts too.
For the next version, it would be great to see more frequency bands that could be processed independently. But as it stands it's a very useful plug.
Bottom line: it works, the price is excellent, and you may find it really helps breathe life into a mix. For a tenner of yer English money, you can't go wrong.
[EDIT - it has a decent PDF manual. I just haven't read it - haven't needed to so far.]Read more