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Creating a Widefield Layer in a mixdown

As far as you may have read our previous article "How to archive depth in a mix without sounding muddy?", (technical menu) you know that having different layers in the depth of a mix is very important for a professional high quality mixdown. Now I will show you how you create a "widefield layer" without plenty of big reverb. You can use this layer for any instruments that you dont want to have in the front, like choirs, backing vocals, synths, strings, percussions, effects, etc. This layer will give you a nice stereo field to your mixdown which is very important.

Here we go!



Create a Stereo Group or Aux, Panorama hard left and right. First put an EQ on it. Cut out some 4 K, and some lowmids, around 200 - 500 Hz to get it surely in the back. I will explain in a different article why these frequencies put something in the back. Now take two chorus effects on two different stereo Aux or Group channels. Pan the first chorus A, one side hard Left and the other side 2 o clock right. Pan the other chorus B, one side hard to the right, and the other side 10 o clock to the left side in the stereo panorama. Feed these two chorusses with two Aux Sends, from the left of your Stereo Group to Chorus A, from the right to Chorus B. You may let the chorus-channels be a bit louder than your dry signal from the Stereo Group with the EQ on it. Now adjust the parameters slightly different for the two chorusses until the signal starts moving between left and right. You will hear this best when you listen to the two chorusses in solo without hearing the dry signal. Now delay the Left side of chorus A, and the right side of chorus B with a nice 6 - 20 ms delay. You can use for each side a different delay-time. Now put an Aux send from the left delayed side of chorus A, and from the right delayed side of chorus B, and send these together to a short stereo reverb. Put a highshelf eq to this reverb, boost a little bit, and mix this to the whole widefield layer, for adjusting the distance. Thats nearly all of it. You can send mono tracks to the middle, left or right of this Widefield layer, or even send stereotracks to it. Everything you send to this layer will have a nice ambience!


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I made several Versions of this Widefield Setup. One is done just with Logic Plugins, another version I did with different Plugins from other companys, aswell as my original Widefield Setup which I realized with real hardware!


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