How to Work With Loops! Brainworx Stereomaker
I picked this up over Thanksgiving break, Black Friday, that whole craziness. It’s an imager, and it’s super flexible and super musical, and I’m going to show you how I used it on this track.
I’ve got a loop here. It’s a stereo file, but when it was exported out of Cubase or whatever, it just defaults and I get tons of stereo files like this all of the time, but it’s really a mono source. It sounds like this.
Right. And in the track, it sounds kind of lame in mono.
Just want the drums to be a little wider, like an actual drum set would be, right?
So I grabbed this imager, threw it on there, and let me walk you through it. This is with the imager on it.
Makes a pretty big difference in the track. It’s a great tool. Let me solo it.
Obviously, it makes things wider, it’s a stereo imager. Let’s break down the controls here.
It’s got a tone control going from 20Hz up to 2,500Hz.
Things get a little bit phasey once you start expanding things in the stereo field. Just kind of click it around, find the setting that works best for you.
The high damp knob basically limits how much high information above 5kHz gets to float around when you start spreading it.
As you can hear, limit is at zero. There’s a lot of high information off to the left and right, which can allow things to be perceived as being wider.
So one way to tweak things.
Then you have a mono frequency knob. This is basically kind of like a cut. So anything below whatever frequency you select from 20Hz to 250Hz is going to stay mono.
So if you want your kick to stay center, your low end to stay center, this is a great thing for guys that are using samples and stuff.
As you go higher, you get more bump in the center, which is kind of what you want. You want your kick to stay in the center, but you want all the high stuff to go to the sides. To a point.
Then you get to the fourth knob, which is your stereo expansion, which is basically your overall width.
Really simple. Find the setting you like the most.
Then with certain samples, it gives you one more option to play with. You can switch between tilt and pan, spatially. Sometimes, depending on your loop, maybe you’ll have things cocked to the side, and when you start playing with these frequency knobs, your samples maybe start leaning a little more to the left or right, and this gives you a sort of way to counteract that, which is great.
Then we’ve got metering here at the bottom, and output knob.
So yeah, let’s listen to it in the track one more time, and I’ll bypass it on and off.
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