Spread Light a Lightweight Stereo Tool
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Spread Light - Yum Audio
The Spread Light plugin is one more of those essential tools that we must have in our arsenal of plugins. Spread Light allows us to modify the stereo image of our audio signal, we can reduce or expand the stereo width either in mixing or mastering processes and of course you can use it as a creative effect (the sky is the limit). We can achieve the modification of the stereo field through 2 different modes offered by Spread Light.
The main thing about the Spread Light plugin is the control of the stereo image (Width) with this we can change a stereo signal to mono or from stereo to more stereo and the tilt control (Tilt). These two controls will allow us to modify the perceived stereo width and position of the audio signal in various ways. These controls will work differently when manipulating the stereo image, this will depend on the mode we have selected: M/S or Haas.
The M/S mode, as I imagine you already deduced, is based on the Mid/Side processing technique "this mode allows us to increase the stereo portions already present in the audio signal." In this mode the 'WIDTH' control works by boosting the Mid/Side channels to allow us to alter the stereo width of the input signal (At 100%, the signal remains unchanged. At 0% it becomes mono and more than 100% only increases the stereo part of the input signal, which makes it sound wide) and the 'TILT' control works as a signal panner, meaning we can adjust our signal in the stereo field from left to right.
Great for adding subtle width during mastering, increasing the width of a pad sound, or really identifying an element in the stereo field. We made sure that the width and slope interact in a musical way. Try using the Width and Tilt parameters in combination to find the perfect place for your sound in the stereo field.
HASS mode is another processing approach for stereo signal widening and positioning. This mode uses extremely short delays between the left and right channels, this allows the perception of the signal to be altered. "The Haas effect makes your ear perceive sounds more broadly and positioned by allowing them to arrive at slightly different times to each ear." In this mode the 'WIDTH' control allows us to control the amount of hass effect, allowing us to create additional stereo width by taking the width value above "100", even with the tilt value at "0" and the 'TILT control ' will shift the signal, meaning that if we tilt to the left the sound that will reach your right ear will have that short delay which gives the perception that the audio signal is positioned on the left side of the stereo field.
In this mode, tilt and width also interact closely, so modify both for best results. With this mode, you can make stereo signals, which were previously completely mono!
In addition to having those controls to modify the stereo image Yum Audio added two other controls to give a little more versatility to Spread Light, we have the 'INTENSITY' slider at the top, this works in a similar way to a Dry/Wet control . "Automate this to give different sections of your songs a different width intensity. For example, make the backing guitar more centered in the verse and then increase its width in the chorus." Then we have an Output 'GAIN' slider at the bottom, this type of control is always useful when performing comparison monitoring with respect to the same original gain level.