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The Stereo Widening Trick You’ve Been Waiting For


Hey there,

Today I’m going to share one of my all-time favorite tricks for creating bigger and wider mixes.

It’s incredibly simple, but sounds soooooo good.

It’s something I do with all my mixes to create a sense of space, depth, and width without cluttering it up with time-based effects like reverb and delay.

Here’s what I do:

On an aux bus, I’ll add a compressor and then a stereo widening plug-in. I use the S1 Stereo Imager but you can use whatever stereo widening plug-in you have lying around.

Then, I’ll simply send certain instruments, like the vocals, rhythm guitars and other elements than need additional width, to that bus.

Use the same thought process as you would when you’re adding reverb to your mix. Some things need to be left dry in a mix and don’t need reverb. The same goes for the stereo widener.

Also, some things need to be wider than others, so make sure you don’t send the same amount of stereo width to everything.

Try that trick in your next mix and I guarantee it’ll be a game changer for you.

If you don’t have a song to mix right now, you’re in luck. You can download the multi-tracks to my new single, “Crazy For Me” and experiment with this trick on them.

And if you want to see this stereo widening trick in action, I show you exactly how I do it in the mix tutorial video that’s a part of the bonuses inside the Mixing With 5 Plug-ins course.


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About Björgvin Benediktsson

I’m Björgvin Benediktsson. I’m a musician, audio engineer and best-selling author. I help musicians and producers make a greater impact with their music by teaching them how to produce and engineer themselves. I’ve taught thousands of up and coming home studio producers such as yourself how to make an impact with their music through Audio Issues since 2011.

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