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. 64-bit VST2 and VST3 formats for PC and “universal binary” VST2, VST3 and AU formats for Mac OS 10.7+ with installation and use instructions
SideMinder plugin (now v1.2.0).
– That fixes a “crackling noise”