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Center

Fine-tune stereo tracks by separately controlling center and sides
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Take Control of the Center and Sides of Already-Mixed Tracks

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It’s never too late to fix a “finished” stereo mix—with Center, you can widen or narrow the stereo image, change the balance of sounds panned to the sides or center, raise or lower lead vocals, remix drum loops, minimize “mud,” or bring out the best in bus effects—even when you don’t have access to the multitrack session.

Center distills complex mid-side processing techniques into a convenient, easy-to-use tool. Now you can fine-tune and even “remix” tracks during mastering—from changing vocal levels, to opening up more space for synth pads. If the audio is split between center and sides—Center will give you full control.

  • Separate the center “phantom” channel from the sides
  • Change vocal levels in already mixed tracks
  • Widen stereo imaging for more impact and clarity
  • With stereo pads, open up space for sounds mixed to center
  • “Remix” old mixes when the original multitracks aren’t around
  • Narrow the low frequencies for vinyl mastering
Watch It in Action

Mastery Over Your Masters and Stereo Tracks

  • Remix Vocal Levels

    Most vocals are mixed to center, so changing the center level raises or lowers the vocal compared to the rest of the track. A special Low control preserves the levels of low-frequency sounds (kick, bass) mixed to center.

    Features: Glue Mixes without “Squashing”
  • Improve Your Master’s Stereo Image

    A spacious stereo image makes a master more dramatic, and adds clarity by spreading sounds over a wider stereo field. Center expands the stereo image by raising the side levels, and optionally, adding punch and high frequencies.

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  • Remix Drum Loops

    Sometimes drum loops have the part you want, but not the mix. Center is almost like remixing the loop’s individual tracks—distribute punch and EQ separately over the center or sides, and change the drum balance.

    Features: Fast and Efficient Operation
  • Shape Your Synths and Pads

    Big stereo pads and orchestral sections sound impressive by themselves, but they can obscure sounds mixed to center. No problem—use Center to increase the level in the synth’s sides, and reduce its level in the center.

    Features: From Vocals to “The Ringo Drum Sound”
  • Drive Your Bus

    Use Center to shape the sound going into, or coming out of, bus effects. Create a super-wide reverb sound, while keeping out the kick to avoid mud. Narrow or widen auto-pan effects, or change the image of the overhead mics bus.

    Features: Multiple Modes Fit Different Material
  • Make Vinyl Happy

    When mastering for vinyl, it’s crucial to center the low frequencies. Center uses a combination of imaging and equalization to push the low frequencies to center, while maintaining stereo imaging for the highs.

    Features: Precision Modeled Transformers