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News - March 2009

 

QuikQuak releases UpStereo 2.0 public beta            25th March 2009

QuikQuak has released version a public beta of UpStereo 2.0, a freeware stereo enhancer plug-in.

UpStereo is a simple, useful tool -  it makes your mixes bigger, in stereo width and loudness. Using three basic basic systems:

1. A fixed frequency EQ designed to lift the highest audio frequencies, and boost the bass.

2. A stereo width unit, for expanding stereo sounds so they appear wider and fatter. At extreme levels other characteristics are also brought out of the sound, so this can also be used as a tonal control for individual instruments.  This also has a mono setting, useful for squashing up those aggressive samples that take over the mix.

3. A loudness button that raises the waveform to the limits in a smooth curve. This saturation gives the mix a more perceived loudness, without clipping.

These stages create an overall loudness effect on the final output, so a gain control is included to keep the limits in check.

The main 'bubble' display on the plug-in is really a basic meter, when one of the stereo halves flash white, then the output is in danger of being clipped. Try and keep the levels so the white flashes only occasionally, this enables the loudness saturator to work at it's best.

Changes in UpStereo 2.0 beta

  • Completely 3D user-interface.
  • Retains usability of traditional 2D design.
  • Movable camera and light - alter the mood of the plug-in.
  • Lays foundation for future 3D interfaces with potential for zoomable, multi-side plug-ins, and realistic 3D copies of hardware devices.

The beta of UpStereo 2.0 is currently only available for Windows PC (version 1.01 is still available for Windows and Mac

 

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