Tips on "Stereoizing" Mono Synth Tracks

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Tips on "Stereoizing" Mono Synth Tracks

Post by Erotic Cabaret » Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:20 am

Any tips on making synths with mono outputs sound "stereo"?
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Re: Tips on "Stereoizing" Mono Synth Tracks

Post by b3groover » Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:53 am

http://www.voxengo.com/product/stereotouch/

Other options include stereo reverb, chorus, phase shifters, etc.

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Re: Tips on "Stereoizing" Mono Synth Tracks

Post by Erotic Cabaret » Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:54 am

I'm looking for tips with outboard gear. (I record to tape and don't mix in the box.)
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Re: Tips on "Stereoizing" Mono Synth Tracks

Post by cartesia » Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:34 am

definitely stereo effects.. panning delay, reverb, chorus, phaser, etc

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Re: Tips on "Stereoizing" Mono Synth Tracks

Post by Z » Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:27 pm

One of the most common is using a delay with seperate direct and effect outs and hard pan them. Set the delay time very short, under 50ms.

All of certesia's suggestions are great.

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Re: Tips on "Stereoizing" Mono Synth Tracks

Post by Psy_Free » Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:57 pm

Pretty much all the suggestion here work nicely. If you use a stereo delay with separate outs & a delay time of approx 27ms you effectively get artifical double tracking.

Also, you can use a 'Y' shaped mono splitter jack like this : http://www.maplin.co.uk/1-4-mono-plug-t ... aptor-1272 and send each of the outputs into a different effect or the same effect with different settings on each channel, hard pan them left & right on your mixer and hey presto.
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Re: Tips on "Stereoizing" Mono Synth Tracks

Post by Synthaholic » Sun Feb 20, 2011 6:54 pm

In addition to the above suggestions, you can record the track twice (tweak the tuning or something else on the patch slightly between takes), then pan one take hard left and the other hard right. Instant stereo.
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Re: Tips on "Stereoizing" Mono Synth Tracks

Post by Stab Frenzy » Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:30 am

Mult the signal and run it through a graphic EQ with alternate frequencies cut on the left and right channels. Makes a signal sound stereo even though it's still mono. Then run it through stereo processing to make the effect more pronounced.

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Re: Tips on "Stereoizing" Mono Synth Tracks

Post by Erotic Cabaret » Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:10 pm

Thanks, this is all very interesting. Before reading this I had had moderate success by panning the dry signal hard left and sending through a mono chorus bus, panned hard right. I think some of these ideas are even better, however. How do you guys usually pan in this circumstance? Hard?
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Re: Tips on "Stereoizing" Mono Synth Tracks

Post by Erotic Cabaret » Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:29 pm

I tried some of these tips and the doubling option works fantastically...probably the best of all. On my Prophet '08, I added some "Delay" to the amplitude envelope and slightly increased the filter frequency on the doubled track and then panned the original hard right and the doubled hard right...wow. Huge pad sound.
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Re: Tips on "Stereoizing" Mono Synth Tracks

Post by balma » Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:50 pm

same sound but duplicated with slight differences between both sound signals.

make small differences like modifying slightly the fine tune, if they are samples, change a little bit the start point of the sample. Chorus boxes also work, the differences on the equalization of left and right channels is algo a good tip.

take a sound, make a duplicate, send both trought two separated channels, and make them sligthly different between them.
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Re: Tips on "Stereoizing" Mono Synth Tracks

Post by nathanscribe » Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:36 am

I have an old Boss CE-300 chorus rack that has a dry cut feature while panning the seperately chorused L&R hard. That's quite nice. Even the cheap Behringer CC-300, which is a copy of the DC-2 preset stereo chorus pedal, can do the job. But then, chorus is basically a very short delay with modulation, so a good delay unit should be able to achieve all the above.

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Re: Tips on "Stereoizing" Mono Synth Tracks

Post by calaverasgrande » Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:45 pm

one of my favorites is to use regular guitar effect pedals like chorus, flange and phaser. I set them to very subtle settings with almost no perceptible modulation. Then either mult the synth to two different effects or use one of those effects with the stereo outputs.

I also am a huge fan of running synths through guitar amps and micing the results.
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