One of the best Mono to Stereo plugins I've ever heard. It spreads the signal (in both panorama and depth) in a more natural way than most M > S plugins. It adds a nice sense of space or natural ambience while avoiding tricks like M/S re-balancing or frequency spreading common to older & more primitive plugins. An easy way to get some spread without relying on short reverb or delay, and the ambience it does add is smooth and natural. The HF rolloff tied to the depth axis is scaled well and transients get softer, much like moving a mic further from the sound source, which adds to the realism. The only issue is that the input signal must be panned hard left for it to work properly; this prevents instant On/Bypass comparisons; but this is a minor shortcoming. It may not be the perfect Mono to Stereo plugin for all occasions (sometimes the added ambience is inappropriate for the material), but it is definitely in my top three.
Can be more convincing than reverb...
A great “secret weapon” for adding some depth and space to mono sources without necessarily adding more reverb. Note that, like other “stereoisers”, extreme settings can mess with left/right phase coherence, so use with caution. That said, it sounds nothing like any other “faux stereo” effect I’ve ever used. Wonderful realism.
Forget reverb. This is how you put an instrument in a physical space.
I'm a big fan of bx_stereomaker so I thought I'd try this one out too. Turns out, it's quite different, but in the best way. I love this thing on mono acoustic instruments in a dense mix. Particularly banjo and mandolin. You can really hear the depth and positioning this plugin allows. I'd much rather use this than a reverb for putting an instrument "in a room" or in it's own physical space. Another fun trick: try automating the distance control during solos. It sounds very natural bringing an instrument to the front for a lead, then pushing it back afterwards. I'm in love with this thing. Very powerful. A must-have for me.
Wow , Perfect for adding depth and a bit of charachter to your Vst Instruments that are sounding a bit flat , Really Nice !!
by Eddie Torres
This plugin has helped me improve my final mixes on film and music. Another must have tool for all engineers and producers. Great job Plugin Alliance!
by jay kru
Love this...sounds great....wish it was less of a cpu hog. Prefer this to put an instrument in a 'space' than reverb. If it didn't make my system lag and mess up I'd give it 5 stars.....but.
by Shramm Storm
I never had any regrets about PA plugins, and this is not the exclusion. Mono Upmix works just like magic, making a beautiful stereo picture from mono source(s) with a correct phase in just a few clicks. Love it.
SCHOEPS Mono Upmix
Good, very good, good friend of mine.
A great buddy to bx_stereomaker
by James Mullen
PA is right, this plugin is similar to what you do with bx_stereomaker, but it sounds very different as it seems to achieve its sounds in a slightly (or totally?) different way. The Schoeps sounds very nice on vocals and strings and piano, whereas the bx is performing better on short percussive signals. I needed and will use both. ;-)
A Great 1st from Schoeps
A quick test on layered strings recorded in the same room by same players/position and microphones made me fall in love with it. Some of the sessions i deal with in NYC are done fast, real fast. And this plug-in helps resolve some issues come mix time. It also helped with a solo violin piece recorded in a synagogue in Queens, NY. 5 mics, close (mono-wide cardioid), mid (stereo-omni), far (stereo-omni). When blended, the mono mic sounded, well, "too mono" for lack of better description. And when i played around with the plug-in, in 30 seconds, i got the desired result. Looking forward to using in different situations real soon! This is better than (artificial) reverb if you're looking to enhance the space around the source, granted it was recorded well in a decent space... THANK YOU!