In this free video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert Team member Julian Rodgers looks at the Brainworx bx_control V2 from Plugin Alliance. This plug in offers comprehensive M/S tools as well as useful metering options.
Learn as Julian uses the bx_control V2 to rebalance an off-centre kick drum without affecting sides of the stereo image using the pan mid control while auditioning the sides.
Why Adjust The Middle While Listening To The Sides?
Working in this way relies on the fact that elements which are dead centre of a mix should cancel perfectly in the sides channel. This is an excellent way to precisely locate the centre of a stereo field. Of course most sounds have a little width and this is the case with the kick drum in this example as is bleeds into the overheads, so rather than looking for a perfect cancellation it is more a case of looking for maximum cancellation.