Noisebud Skyline is an easy to use multi-band image editor for mastering.
You can easily enhance or create depth in a track with the quick and easily accessible controls and you don’t have to worry that you push it too hard since whatever you do with Skyline you can’t break the mono-compatibility. Skyline consists of three main controls, Spread, Pan and Width. ‘Spread’ will either enhance the ambiance by using the information in the difference channel and spread it out in the stereo-field, or use the information from the sum-channel and spread that out in the stereo-field. The latter is great if you want to up-mix a mono-file to stereo. ‘Pan’ will pan the audio in the selected band and ‘Width’ will either boost the sum or the difference by 2dB without touching the other channel. Watch the video, preferable with headphones to get an idea of this little gem.
Steijing is a simple, yet powerful, plugin to handle the stereo image while mastering.
New in version 2:
We added a module to auto adjust the balance between the left and the right channel, we recommend not to go above the green mark other than to hear what the plugin is doing. And, use headphones to be able to better hear the effect.
Double click to reset a knobs value.
A switchable HP filter to the Difference channel in the Sum/Diff module.
This is a simple Haas panner, it uses psycho-acoustics to make you believe the audio comes from either left or right (depending which way you pan… duh) but in reality the audio haven’t moved a single bit. At least not in the stereo image, check your stereo level meter and you’ll find the energy is still exactly the same on both Left and Right channel. Haas panning is a great way to add stereo field and depth to your mixes.
New in 2.0:
It sound better (correct delay times)
Choose if you want to use the right, left or the stereosignal
We copied a part of Wikiaudio’s article on the matter right under the picture if you’d would like to read more about the Haas effect
“The Haas effect is a psychoacoustic effect related to a group of auditory phenomena known as the Precedence Effect or law of the first wave front. These effects, in conjunction with sensory reaction(s) to other physical differences (such as phase differences) between perceived sounds, are responsible for the ability of listeners with two ears to accurately localize sounds coming from around them.
When two identical sounds (i.e., identical sound waves of the same perceived intensity) originate from two sources at different distances from the listener, the sound created at the closest location is heard (arrives) first. To the listener, this creates the impression that the sound comes from that location alone due to a phenomenon that might be described as “involuntary sensory inhibition” in that one’s perception of later arrivals is suppressed.
The Haas effect occurs when arrival times of the sounds differ by up to 30–40 ms. As the arrival time (in respect to the listener) of the two audio sources increasingly differ beyond 40 ms, the sounds will begin to be heard as distinct; in audio-engineering terms the increasing time difference is described as a delay, or in common terms as an echo.”
User Guide: (Probably the shortest manual on the planet…)
Pan left or right
Choose if you want to use left, right or stereo depending on your source
Double-click the knob to center it
For Windows 32Bit hosts (or bridged in 64bit hosts)