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Mixing Secrets by Mike Senior

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CHAPTER 18

Stereo Enhancements

During the discussion of panning in Section 8.2, I argued that stereo width is far more important to many mainstream productions than exact stereo positioning, a view that is borne out by the enormous variety of tricks audio engineers have come up with to adjust image spread. This chapter details a selection of these techniques in order to clarify each method's benefits and drawbacks.

18.1 ARRANGEMENT TWEAKS

Some of the most effective stereo enhancements at mixdown can actually be achieved surreptitiously without loading a single plug-in. My most common trick for inflating the sonics of Mix Rescue submissions, for example, is to generate fake double-tracks, which can then be opposition-panned for instant width ...

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