EDIT (March 2014): this blog is no longer active and the previous download link is dead. Get the latest version of the effect rack here: http://nezoomie.com/software/stereo-enhancer
It’s been a long time since I wrote my last post here. I spend my days mainly coding Python stuff e writing in LaTeX for my graduation’s thesis, so I got little free time for my fancy things. By the way here it is a little gift for all you Live people.
Months ago I found the patent behind the K-Stereo, a ridiculously priced virtual instruments made by the famous mastering engineer Bob Katz aimed to enhance stereo’s perception of audio materials, even if mono, making use of psychoacoustics, basically Haas effect. I don’t own the rights to publish the original material, by the way you can find it here. So once you had a look at the schematics you can see how the process is quite easy and straightforward to implement inside your favourite modular tool. So I made it in Reaktor and had a great time as it can really make the difference with some tracks. But today, walking back home from university, I asked myself if it wasn’t possible to make it out of Live’s effects directly. After 10 minutes of work, here it is:
I do not guarantee any fidelity to the original software, and sincerely I don’t care. It simply works fine for me. So enjoy it and take some time to have a look at the building blocks ( no more than a couple of delays and equalizers ). Can you believe that something similar can cost you 790 €?
EDIT: if you don’t use Live you can downlaod SHEPPi, a free VST implementation ( it’s made in SynthMaker, so Windows only I guess ). There is also a good explaination of the acoustics principles around this effect and valid arguments about the controversy of the patent behind this algorithm.