Raising Jake Studios SideMinder v1.5.0 WIN & MacOSX
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SideMinder – Dynamic Stereo Width Maximizer
Big, wide, stereo mixes are impressive but can fall apart when mixed to mono and played back on a single speaker. This can happen when the left and right channels contain out of phase signals that partially (or maybe even completely) cancel when mixed to mono. Many stereo image enhancers can cause this – or make it worse – by pushing the left and right channels further out of phase. This out of phase condition shows up as negative correlation on correlation meters. If your stereo mix shows up in the negative range on a correlation meter it means that parts of the signal will cancel when mixed to mono. NOT GOOD
SideMinder can help control this stereo imaging problem!
SideMinder is a dynamic stereo width enhancer that can increase the width of a stereo track, bus and/or master mix WITHOUT risking polarity inversion. SideMinder “listens” to the stereo material using lookahead FIR correlation detectors and dynamically narrows the stereo image precisely if/when negative correlation begins to occur. Since the stereo width is only narrowed when it needs to be an overall increase in stereo width can be applied that remains MONO COMPATIBLE.
This effect cannot be obtained using typical “mid/side” compression techniques nor does SideMinder alter the overall dynamics of the signal (SideMinder is a “differential limiter” not a dynamic range limiter).
Additionally, by seeing and hearing what SideMinder is doing to the signal one can make better choices when mixing and mastering to produce the best sounding result when played on any system.
SideMinder’s width enhancer section includes a “Bass Mono” control that narrows the stereo image below the selected cutoff frequency. This control helps to center the bass and provides a more solid feel to the sound. This is a very important feature when mastering for vinyl.
When the SideMinder processing is bypassed the Output Correlation meter remains active for visual indication of the effect of the plugin before/after processing.
SideMinder is a 64-bit plugin. Purchase download links contain 64-bit VST2, VST3 and AAX formats for PC and “universal binary” VST2, VST3, AU and AAX formats for Mac OS 10.7+ with installation and use instructions.
We are happy to announce release of the latest version of SideMinder Stereo Dynamic Width Maximizer, version 1.5.0.
SideMinder version 1.5.0 runs up to 25% faster (less CPU load) and uses approximately 60% less RAM than previous versions. Also included is AudioSuite support for AAX, a refreshed GUI and digital signing support for Mac OS Catalina.