People are always asking me about stereo width, image depth and “three dimensionality” in audio – and whether you can influence them at the mastering stage.
The answer is Yes – although it’s almost always better to get it right in the mix, just as with almost everything else !
That isn’t always possible though, and the truth is you really can get a surprising amount of control over these aspects of a master, even though you’re typically only ever working with a stereo file at the mastering stage. In this video I show you:
- How to measure the stereo width of your mix, in a simple, affordable way
- What it sounds like when there is too much (or too little) stereo width in your audio
- Why you should never use the “polarity flip” trick to try and get more width in your mix
- Another two much more powerful & sophisticated ways to analyse the stereo image and phase content of your master, using the excellent Nugen Visualizer plugin
- A simple, effective way to take detailed control of the phase coherence of your audio – and when you shouldn’t use it
Take a look, and let me know what you think in the comments !