SCHOEPS Mono Upmix and Double MS Plug-Ins
SCHOEPS presents two new software plugins for the Tonmeistertagung, which are now distributed via the "Plugin Alliance".
The new Mono Upmix Plugin improves the timbre and spatial quality of a mono signal by extracting the diffuse sound and distributing it decorrelated to two or three channels. Furthermore, spatial depth can be created with the plugin. In this respect, the algorithm - developed by Swiss specialist Illusonic - clearly differs from conventional upmix approaches as it adds nothing to the original signal and is fully downmix-compatible.
The application is mainly seen in the areas of film sound and music recording, but also in commentary and interviews in broadcasting. While the sound of a monophonic dialogue signal is significantly improved with the plug-in in film and broadcasting applications, in music recording it will be possible for support microphone signals to be integrated at a higher level and more homogeneously into a mix. In general, the use of the plugin always makes sense when monophonic room signals are present.
The plugin is available in a "1to2" version for L/R as well as in a "1to3" version for L/C/R. The Mono Upmix Plugin is offered for an introductory price of 99 $ (later 149 $). A free trial is limited to 14 days use.
Double MS is the most sought-after 5.1 surround technology at SCHOEPS. To make the most of this technology, the microphone manufacturer, together with its partners, has been able to drastically expand its range of setups with suspensions and windscreens. Fittingly, a new free Double MS plugin is now released, which decodes the three signals of a Double MS microphone setup and thus can produce an optimized signal in stereo or surround in post-production. The plugin has been a favourite tool for film mixing engineers for years, which can decode and edit ambience recorded in Double MS.