MAAT have released a free plug-in called 2BusControl, which they describe as a universal L/R plus MONO/DIFF monitor control and Balance/Correlation metering plug-in for stereo bus masters.
2BusControl has been designed to offer five options for specialised monitoring modes plus responsive metering for left/right balance and correlation. You can also choose to send Left to both outputs or right only to both outputs too. Then there is a conventional Mono button and a Difference button which will give you Left minus right which will enable you to hear what is stereo in your audio. so between the Mono and Diff buttons you can hear the M and S components of Mid/Side processing. In addition, you can flip the left and right channels too.
On the metering side, 2BusControl displays stereo balance and inter-channel correlation occupying the upper half of the user interface. Maat state that they have worked hard on the meter ballistics are meticulously tuned to achieve the best match between the aural impression you hear, and the optical rendering by the meters.
They also state that the plug-in is "light weight" demanding a minimum of CPU resources so it won´t slow down your host.
I can see me using this mainly for the Solo button fetures as for the metering but the stereo blance will help to display if the stereo image is slewed over to one side.
MAAT 2BusControl System Requirements
- Operating System
- MacOS 10.7 and newer
- Windows 7 and newer, 32 & 64 bit
- Mac - AAX Pro Tools 10.3.10 and newer, AU, VST2/3
- Windows - AAX Pro Tools 10.3.10 and newer, VST2/3
How To Get 2BusControl
You will need to sign up to MAAT's newsletter to get this plug-in. You will then receive an email asking you to confirm your desire to sign up for the newsletter and then once you have confirmed you will get an email with Mac and Windows download links, which expire after 24 hours so don't delay downloading the appropriate installer.
Is This a Trial Or Not?
There has been some concern about this being a free trial plug-in rather than a genuine free plug-in so we asked the team at MAAT to explain the situation. Oliver A. Masciarotte from MAAT has told us....
We have had some folks ask us directly; trial or not? To be clear, 2BusControl is a free plug–in. The agreement between us and our users is that it is a no–cost plug–in forever.
The source of uncertainty appears to be the form letter sent as part of the newsletter sign up process. It says “trial” because it’s a boilerplate that covers all of our products. Sorry to all for the confusion!
So there you have it, it is a genuine free plug-in despite the misleading information in the confirmation email.