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Future Music - - FM TOOLKIT | STEREO WIDTH -

1 Low fre­quency con­tent such as basslines and kick drums al­most al­ways work best ei­ther in mono or with an in­cred­i­bly nar­row stereo foot­print. Most of what we’re ex­plor­ing through this Toolkit only ap­plies to fre­quen­cies from the mid-range up­wards. 2 Auto-pan­ners are key to mak­ing mixes sound wider. If there’s a sound in your track which would ben­e­fit from mov­ing (ei­ther smoothly, or jump­ing) from side to side, great. Even a sin­gle mu­si­cal el­e­ment mov­ing in a mix whose other sounds are all fixed in po­si­tion can help to make a dif­fer­ence to our perception of the mix width. 3 Ex­plore mid/side (M/S) ef­fects. These let you in­de­pen­dently process the mid­dle sig­nal (which is mono­com­pat­i­ble, with equal con­tent in both chan­nels) and the side sig­nal (the ‘dif­fer­ence’ be­tween left and right sig­nals). Sep­a­rat­ing the tim­bral foot­print of the two of­ten, again, gives us a sense of width.

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