Using Massive in Mono or Stereo Tips and Tricks
Echo Sound Works shows you the pros and cons of using Massive in mono or stereo and how it impacts the mix.
For those that don’t know, you can load Massive in mono or stereo. By default it loads as a stereo plugin, but you do have the choice. You might be wondering why in the digital age you would you ever choose to load it as a mono plugin. There are few reasons why, especially when your using or making bass sounds.
Without turning this into a mixing tutorial, low end content like basses and kick drums are always centered in a mix. If you keep your low end instruments in stereo it can “muddy” up the mix. Deciding when to use Massive in mono or stereo can be as simple as if you’re using a bass sound or not.
I have found that if a bass patch has stereo widening effects like DIM Expander or Chorus or Phaser, it helps to load Massive in a stereo instance and then bounce to audio and convert the audio track to mono. For some reason, with patches that use stereo widening FX, a mono instance of Massive tends to lose some of the high frequency content.
Check out the video to hear the difference between Massive in mono or stereo and how it can impact a mix!
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