Here are a few great stereo widening techniques and how to use them in music. When you listen to music on a car radio, you want that wide stereo sound that extends from the left door to the right. Not just two feet wide right above the stereo!
Common Uses Of The Stereo Widening Effect In Mixing
Basic Stereo Widening Effect Techniques, Tips, And Tricks
- When it comes to expanding the stereo field for an entire song, nothing beats good arranging, panning and proper use of effects to enhance the stereo field of the mix.
- I personally use stereo widening on every project during mixing and mastering. Usually sparingly, but I do use it.
- But, don’t think just using a stereo widener on your song at the end is the secret weapon to getting that full stereo sound.
The problem - When used heavy, many processors starts to make the center of the song sound in stereo too. Which means your lead vocal and kick drum are in stereo. Not good.
- It also doesn’t do a great job turning a mono track into a stereo track. It won’t give you that true sounding stereo width. It’s best to re-record the performance and then pan the two performances left and right.