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How to process Left/Right Mid/Side
Old 1st May 2011
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How to process Left/Right Mid/Side

This might seem like a dumb question to some but lets say I am mastering a track. I like the SSL compressor from waves, but I might not Love what it does to the stereo image. I have a single .wav file I am mastering. I am thinking that If I process the Left and Right sides seperately I might like the results more. How is this possible in a DAW? (I am using logic 9)
Also is it possible to separate this signals (as mentioned above) into mid and side?
Old 1st May 2011
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There are some plugs like Brainworx... The bx solo seems to do exactly what I am looking for with the Mid/Side signal. These plugs also have solo buttons for the L and R signal. But I am not hearing it right. Also the level meters aren't showing what I would expect. If the left side is solo'ed.. shouldnt all the signal be coming from the left speaker? Instead when L is solo'ed the level meters still show the same amount of signal for L and R.?
Old 1st May 2011
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The brainworx solo plug is great, I would pay for that plugin! When you are soloing L and R, it solo's one of the sides and brings it to the center of the image. You are still hearing the left or right side.
Old 1st May 2011
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Ok So thanks. If I want to process the L side and the R side independently for mastering should I just duplicate the original track and hard pan one left and one right?
Old 1st May 2011
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Ok So thanks. If I want to process the L side and the R side independently for mastering should I just duplicate the original track and hard pan one left and one right?
You could do that, or you could just process the stereo track as 2 mono tracks as opposed to one stereo track. Tomato, TomAto....
Old 1st May 2011
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you could just process the stereo track as 2 mono tracks as opposed to one stereo track. Tomato, TomAto....
How do you do that?
Old 1st May 2011
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^^^ This is a bit confusing for me because I know that when I mono a stereo track I lose all the stereo field. So if I create two mono tracks from the one stereo track, they will be exactly the same, won't they?
Old 1st May 2011
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they will be the same, if you pan the two mono track hard left and right. When COMBINING the two tracks into ONE mono channel, you will be SUMMING the two together, losing the image.
Umm... Ya... So that is exactly NOT what I want to accomplish... But I do always hear of people using two mono sources instead of one stereo file... I was wondering how this is possible without disturbing the stereo image?
Old 2nd May 2011
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This might seem like a dumb question to some but lets say I am mastering a track. I like the SSL compressor from waves, but I might not Love what it does to the stereo image. I have a single .wav file I am mastering. I am thinking that If I process the Left and Right sides seperately I might like the results more. How is this possible in a DAW? (I am using logic 9)
Just create 2 aux tracks and send the left channel of your stereo mix to one, and your right channel to the other. Hard pan them and then treat each channel as you wish.

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