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Cin­e­matic ef­fects are of­ten at their best when they match the ‘widescreen’ ex­pe­ri­ence they’re in­tended for. Stretch­ing the stereo width of the tex­tures you cre­ate will give them an ex­cite­ment fac­tor that can help cre­ate gen­uinely stand-out treat­ments.

There are a num­ber of ways to en­hance the per­ceived width of such sounds, and the first one is easy – par­tic­u­larly if your tex­tures are con­structed from mul­ti­ple sound sources. If you’re mak­ing sev­eral record­ings to build ris­ers or tex­tures, give each of these its own pan po­si­tion. Con­sider each in­di­vid­ual sound or record­ing as a sep­a­rate voice in a choir of oth­ers and, ac­cord­ingly, pro­gres­sively place sounds around the mid­dle, away from the cen­tre, so that in each part of the stereo field, a unique sound or record­ing is play­ing out its own ad­ven­ture as part of a wider whole.

An­other way to add stereo drama to in­di­vid­ual sounds with a group like this is to add Auto-Pan­ners to in­di­vid­ual sounds. These will make sounds jump from side to side, and you can de­cide on the move­ment type (jump­ing, or glid­ing sin­u­ously from one side to the other) and the speed of move­ment (whether clocked to tempo or ‘free’).

Adding ping-pong de­lays to sounds can help hugely too, as these al­low an ini­tial sound to re­main panned cen­trally (which can be use­ful for sounds with a heavy bass com­po­nent) be­fore cre­at­ing echoes which bounce from side to side. Us­ing EQ con­trols to tame low-end fre­quency con­tent usu­ally helps De­lay ef­fects too. And fi­nally, don’t for­get that Stereo Spread­ing plug­ins se­lect clus­ters of fre­quen­cies and dis­perse these across the stereo field. They’re great for en­hanc­ing the widescreen na­ture of your sound de­sign.

Stereo width can be baked into a piece of mu­sic from the sound de­sign stage, what­ever the tac­tic

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