Brainworx bx_solo is a free stereo imaging and signal monitoring VST, VST3, Audio Unit, RTAS, AAX plugin developed by Plugin Alliance. Compatible OS(s): Windows 64b, macOS.
M & S solo knobs. free! Just grab it.
bx_solo is a nice little tool that we have designed to get you started with and used to the way we approach the M/S technique – be it for recording-, mixing- or mastering purposes.
L (LEFT channel), R (RIGHT channel), M (MONO sum, mid signal) & S (STEREO-Difference, side signal) – and all this phase-corrected (when needed) and mono-ed out on both speakers of your system. This is very helpful when working in M/S modes (because especially listening to only the S-signal of a stereo mix is not so easy to do with modern DAW stations) and to check your signals / mixes for errors, noises, clicks, whatever…
bx_solo also contains a stepped M/S Stereo Width Control, so you can get an impression about what you can actually do with it. Do try it out on subgroups (makes rock guitar subgroups jump out of your speakers at about 150%!), FX returns, keyboards / samplers, etc.
Using the Stereo Width Control too heavily may lead to phase problems. bx_control & bx_digital both have the Mono Maker on board – this tool will be able to get rid off these phase problems with its unique way of mono-ing out your stereo signals / mixes only in the bass frequencies – Mono Maker is the solution – unless you really over-do the settings…
To be able to fine-adjust the Stereo Width Control (and use Mono Maker at the same time for best results!) please try bx_control.
- Fully automatable.
- “Mouse Over” feature: adjust the parameters by holding the mouse over any knob and simply turn your mouse wheel.
- Direct access: just type in any valid number into the text fields for direct access to the exact value.