Overview

Creating a Virtual S Channel!

The bx_stereomaker is a frequency-optimized M/S upmixing plugin that converts ANY mono signal to stereo, while keeping them 100% mono-compatible!

How many times have you had to deal with a signal that just won't fit in the mix because it's mono? But with modern mixes becoming both tighter and wider, adding reverb or modulation effects can easily destroy the tight center of a mono lead vocal, guitar, or synth track. Still, you need to process and spread those sounds to lay them perfectly into the mix.

bx_stereomaker can help.

bx_stereomaker creates a virtual S signal with analog style filters using Brainworx legendary M/S stereo algorithms. This plugin will take any mono signal and make it stereo while allowing you to balance the center position. You can even focus the process on specific frequency ranges in your signal. And you can solo the virtual S signal!

Features

  • Adjust the stereo-width added to the mono source signal from 0% to 300%
  • Hi-Damp knob allows you to create a warm sounding stereo expansion without sounding tinny
  • The plugin creates a virtual S channel (which you can solo)
  • The results are spectacular, and your signal stays 100% mono-compatible!

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Steve Mac

    Steve Mac

    Songwriter/Producer (Rhythm Masters/Bunker Recording Studios)

    bx_stereomaker is one of the only plugins that can take a mono signal and make it super stereo. Very handy tool.

Customer Reviews

  • Depth and dimension

    ★★★★★
    by Black Frost
    VERY interesting tool for almost any meldodic element like guitar, synth, even vocals, if you use it wisely and not overdo it. I am just a recording hobby musician, no pro, but, man, this thing is… Read More
    Plugin Alliance response
    Thanks!
  • BX Stereomaker

    ★★★★★
    by Nico
    It is briljant. It changes a mono signal to a full, living stereo sound.
    You will absolutely purchase this plug-in after 30 seconds of demoing. Great results can be achieved with only a few… Read More
  • Interesting placement

    ★★★★★
    by DMGJ
    Excellent for synths and sample based instruments which are sometimes difficult to place in a mix. Very easy to use and very easy to hear the magic it does!
  • Use it carefully!

    ★★★★★
    by Toscano
    Another great kind of M/S stereo field manipulation processor, much in the vein of the ShredSpread.
    Can make most mono material sound immediately more interesting.
    Just use it sparingly… Read More
    Plugin Alliance response
    We approve your advice for sure!
  • bx_stereomaker

    ★★★★★
    by Peter Indenkämpen
    Trying to get a little more depth into recordings of a newsreader, this plugin saved the day. It made everything fit perfectly together after 20 seconds of adjusting. You only know that you needed… Read More

Specification

Supported Plugin Formats
AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, AAX AudioSuite, VST2, VST3

Supported Operating Systems
MacOS 10.9 through 10.14
Windows 7 through 10

Mac
Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)

PC
Intel-compatible CPU with SSE2 instruction set (Pentium 4 compatible or higher; minimum 2 GHz recommended)

System Requirements
Display resolution: 1440 × 900px or 1280 × 960px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM

Downloads

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ChangeLog

bx_stereomaker

Brainworx bx_stereomaker - Changelog

Version 1.8 (Nov 16, 2018)
- General: macOS Mojave compatibility
- General: Windows October 2018 update compatibility
- General: adding Windows High DPI support for VST2/3 plugins
- General: Fixed potential crashes in Cubase and other VST2 / VST3 DAWs
- General: Fixed potential CPU spikes and audio dropouts
- General: Fixed rendering in Pro Tools on the start of a session
- General: Fixed missing presets in Wavelab and other VST3 DAWs
- General: Improving keyboard control, fixing issues with catched keys preventing it from passing through to DAW
- General: Fixed parallel use of host sessions (e.g. with Live)

Version 1.7 (May 24, 2018)
- General: Microsoft Windows Redstone 4 compatibility
- General: Added computer keyboard control for plugin parameters
- General: Fixed Mouse scroll wheel not working in Windows 8
- General: Fixed an issue where plugins will not validate or load after a certain amount of plugins have been loaded (Windows)
- General: Fixed visual GUI freezes when adjusting DAW parameters, meters, analyzers (Mac)
- General: Fixed possible issue with Pick Pack licenses
- General: Small licenser stability fix

Version 1.6 (Oct 23, 2017)
- General: Mac OS High Sierra compatibility
- General: Fixed possible crash on online activation (Mac OS High Sierra)
- General: Fixed Logic Pro X not validating AU plugins (Mac OS High Sierra)
- General: Fixed CPU spikes and crashes with Cubase (Windows)
- General: Fixed bug that could lead to "AAE -6 error" in ProTools (Windows)
- General: Fixed crash with FL Studio
- General: Fixed crash when cross-opening plugins in various hosts
- General: Fixed crash when using mixdown in Audition
- General: Fixed crash in Final Cut Pro
- General: Fixed delayed parameter handling and crackling issues in Cubase with VST3
- General: Fixed bug where plugin settings were not saved in Harrison Mixbus
- General: Fixed bug that led to AAE error -9317 in ProTools when instantiating plugin
- General: Fixed bug where plugins did not render properly when "x ray" option is enabled in Sonar
- General: Modifications to factory presets were lost when reopening session
- General: Fixed mouse wheel behaviour with second monitor setup (Windows)
- Some plugins: Value labels do not appear every time when clicking on parameter in UI
- General: Faster instantiation time for plugins (Windows)
- General: Adding support for automation highlighting in Presonus StudioOne

Version 1.5.1 (Dec 20, 2016)
- General: Mac OS Sierra compatibility
- General: Fixed automation issues in AU and AAX
- General: Fixed license dialog use of special characters
- General: Improved AU preset support
- General: Performance improvements

Version 1.5 (Apr 1, 2016)
- General: Major UI codebase update
- General: Fixed possible crash when authorizing plugin
- General: Added gain reduction meter support for StudioOne 3
- General: Installers show version info in Windows "Programs And Features"

Version 1.4.4 (Jan 18, 2016)
- General codebase update
- Removing RTAS format support

Version 1.4.3 (Jul 18, 2015)
- General codebase update

Version 1.4.2 (Jun 22, 2015)
- General codebase update

Version 1.4.1 (May 27, 2015)
- Fixed wrong installation path for 32-bit Win VST plugin version

Version 1.4 (Apr 14, 2015)
- Added AAX DSP format
- Fixed switch behavior
- Fixed clip indicator
- Fixed meter inaccuracies

Version 1.3 (Nov 18, 2013)
- Licenser update (V3): Fixes and new features
- Prevent wrong mouse wheel behavior in 32-bit hosts on 64-bit Windows (Windows bug) (87, 95, 156)
- Fixed keyboard events after text input in Pro Tools Windows (325)
- Fixed parameter value display in VST3 (330)
- Fixed toolbar triggering automation (335)
- Fixed window size issues (279, 327)
- Fixed possible preset issues in Pro Tools 11 (312)

Version 1.2.1 (Jun 28, 2013)
- fixed installer for 32-bit Windows

Version 1.2 (Jun 21, 2013)
- added support for Pro Tools 11
- licenser update: fixes and new features
- fixed automation with VST3 offline processing

Version 1.1.1 (Apr 15, 2013)

- fixed sporadic noise-bursts / pops / clicks when re-opening sessions and switching between banks and presets
- fixed muted busses when re-opening sessions


Version 1.1 (Apr 05, 2013)
- otimized performance
- fixed issues with possible high CPU load
- fixed Avid related issue in Pro Tools 10 that could lead to sporadic crashes
- fixed issue that could lead to values jumping in Ableton Live

Version 1.0.2 (Feb 25, 2013)
- fixed PT issues
- licenser: improved Pro Tools activation

Version 1.0.1 (Oct 31, 2012)
- fixed various potential crashes
- licenser: minor fixes
- licenser: fixed activation issue under Mac OS 10.5 / Pro Tools 8
- licenser: fixed potential crash in online activation under Mac OS
- licenser: fixed issues with USB stick activation
- licenser: fixed file handling with offline activation
- change company string to Plugin Alliance

Version 1.0.0 (Aug 20, 2012)
- Release version