There are two primary uses for
You have recorded material using
a mid-side microphone pair, and you want to
decode this on playback into stereo. In this
case, you would simply place the MS to LR
plug-in on a stereo buss, and feed the L side of
the buss the mid mic, and the R side of the buss
the side mic. Use the stereo width knob on the
MS to LR to determine the stereo spread.
Alternately, you can use both
these plug-ins to selectively process mid and
side information from a standard stereo track.
In this case, you would place MS from LR at the
start of your effects chain. Then, insert other
plug-ins, like compression or EQ, and set these
to operate in multi-mono mode. This will give
you independent control over the two channels.
You can now, for example, apply compression to
just the mid channel, or place a hi-pass filter
on the side channel… or whatever other crazy
stuff you wanna try. At the end of the effects
chain, place a MS to LR plug-in, to bring the
two channels back to LR stereo. If you don't
want to affect the stereo spread, just leave the
dial at 50/50, which is the default setting.
Mid-Side Suite is free and is
available for Mac OS X. It uses the Pluggo standard,
and requires installation of the free Pluggo Jr or
Pluggo Runtime in order to function.