DJ Swivel rolls out Spread, a powerful and easy-to-use stereo imager

Plug-in from Beyonce’s engineer lets you add width to mono tracks.

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DJ Swivel Spread

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Beyonce engineer DJ Swivel has released Spread, a stereo imaging plug-in for mixing and mastering with an emphasis on ease-of-use.

The Spread knob – which is the large dial in the centre – makes adjustments to the stereo width of the entire signal equally across three frequency bands. These bands can be customised with adjustable crossovers and frequency widths. Turning up on the Spread knob increases the stereo width, while turning down narrows it.

You can also run Spread on a mono track, in which case, the plug-in converts signals to stereo and adds width.

Additionally, there’s also a side filter, which you can use to fix issues with phase, and clean up unwanted low-end muddiness. Because the filter uses a mid-side principal, it only trims bass information from the sides, leaving mono basses intact.

Spread is now available at $15 (usually $39) until the end of September. There’s also a free trial available. It comes in VST3, AU and AAX formats (64 bit) for Mac and Windows.

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