Six plugins to make your mixes super-stereo
iZotope Ozone Imager | Free Using technology that’s central to iZotope’s Ozone Mastering tools, this Imager lets you play with stereo width with minimum fuss. Oh, did we mention that it’s free to download? SoundToys Microshift | $129 Uses two key widening components – detune and short delay. By offsetting pitch/time by tiny amounts to one side of a channel, perceived width soars. Simple and effective. Waves S1 Stereo Imager | $49 Harnesses powerful processing via minimal controllers. Width controls overall stereo image, but you can also tweak low frequency content’s width, and atone for asymmetrical signals. PSP StereoPack | £49 Four plugins, each with a different approach to width. PseudoStereo, StereoEnhancer, StereoController and StereoAnalyser – great for creative and remedial treatments alike. UAD Precision K-Stereo Ambience Recovery | £149 Made with renowned ME Bob Katz, this plugin helps greatly at final production stage. Its USP is in enhancing source sound ambience. NugenAudio Stereoizer | £96 A comprehensively spec’d plugin to enhance all things stereo, including the opposite – folding down to mono, if needs must. Useful in mixing or mastering, this is a gem.