Stereoman Quick Doc.
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Quick Start

STEP -1- : Enable the QUASI STEREO filter.

STEP -2- : Adjust the amount of cut-up bands (cutting up).

STEP -3- : Boost the stereo characteristics of your sound.

STEP -4- : Enable the L + R Contour circuit to boost the centered elements of sound.

STEP -5- : Adjust the level.

STEP -6- : Adjust the output gain.


VB-Audio's Stereo Manager (StereoMan) brings you the basic tools to deal with the stereo characteristics of a two-channel sound. The available controls are simple, be it through the GUI or the features. They give you full control over processings and allow you to always keep an eye on the most important characteristics of a sound, such as left/right phase correlation on low frequencies, for instance.

Phase Correlation :

The first rotary knob allows you to perform the first stage in the modification of a sound, by affecting the summing (mono signal, thus correlated) or the left/right cleavage (out-of-phase signal, thus decorrelated) of your wave file. This way, this control acts as a balance between more mono signal or more stereo signal. It is followed by two phase switches ; one for the left channel and one for the right one.

Balance :

This feature allows you to modify the panning of each channel, independently, through the use of two pan-pots. This way, you can choose a new sound positioning, according to your exact needs, from a fully mono signal to a complete reversal of the left and right channels.

Simulated Stereo :

There are lots of methods available allowing you to improve the stereo spreading of a sound. One of the simplest ones consists in cutting up the spectrum into a given number of bands and then spreading them alternately onto the left and right channels. This is done by a crossed comb-filter of which you'll set the "cutting-up" level and spreading strength. The "R" push button reverts the spreading process (that is to say that what was cut up and spread to the right is cut up and spread to the left, and vice versa).

L+R Contour :

Amplifying stereo spreading often leads to a loss of power on low and low-mid frequencies. The "L+R Contour" feature allows you to add the L+R mono summing to each channel, in order to boost the centered part of the signal. A low-pass filter allows you to choose the frequency band you need to boost.

Expanding Stereo :

A stereo feeling is made possible because there are differences between the signals of the left and right channels. This button, when it's on, allows you to increase these differences, and therefore increase the sensation of stereo.

Inter-Aural Shifting :

This rotary knob introduces slight time-lags (a few ms) between the left channel and the right channel. This is a positioning effect allowing to fool one's ears as to where a sound source is located.

Output Gain :

Lastly, the gain knob allows you to make up for a possibly too-high output level. It will also allow you to compare sound, with or without the effect, while keeping a constant output level.

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