Double MS Tool BF (2012)

Surround Plug-in for RTAS, VST, AU

Properties

  • developed in collaboration with Illusonic GmbH using patented Illusonic algorithms
  • adds new features to the Double MS Tool (2011): rotate, focus, ambience manipulation
  • decodes the three Double M/S signals to a 5.0 mix
  • available for free
  • requires a multi-channel software host

The two older plug-ins "Double MS Tool (2011)" and "Double MS Tool BF (2012)" do not support aax and are no longer supported.

The new plug-in will be released soon.

Description

The SCHOEPS "Double M/S Tool BF (2012)" plug-in enables customized, intuitive decoding of the three signals of the Double M/S system. It adds new features to the Double MS Tool (2011): rotate, focus, ambience manipulation.

The application section describes features and application of the "Double MS Tool BF (2012)".

System requirements and installation:

VST Windows/Mac: The VST plug-in is used in a sequencer program offering a Steinberg VST interface. The host software has to offer a multichannel VST interface such as Sequoia, Samplitude...

The SCHOEPS "Double M/S Tool BF (2012)" plug-in enables customized, intuitive decoding of the three signals of the Double M/S system. It adds new features to the Double MS Tool (2011): rotate, focus, ambience manipulation.

The application section describes features and application of the "Double MS Tool BF (2012)".

System requirements and installation:

VST Windows/Mac: The VST plug-in is used in a sequencer program offering a Steinberg VST interface. The host software has to offer a multichannel VST interface such as Sequoia, Samplitude (both from v9.0), Cubase, Nuendo, Wavelab or Audio Mulch.

VST is a registered trademark of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.

Installation: Use the installer. The installation procedures will guide you and ask for the relevant paths. Digidesign Pro Tools LE systems will need the "Complete Production Toolkit" upgrade.

Illusonic developed the plug-in and audio processing based on the concept of the original "Double MS Tool".

The functions "Enhance pattern" and "Ambience" base on adaptive algorithms from Illusonic.

Disclaimer:

The software is made available on an "as is" basis only, without any warranty or indemnity of any kind. You shall not decompile, modify, or adapt the software without permission. You shall not copy the software nor distribute it without the permission of the SCHOEPS company.

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Practice

After recording the three Double M/S signals (front cardioid, figure-8, rear cardioid) to three tracks in a sequencer program, they can be decoded by the plug-in to a 5.0 mix. Decoding is intuitive because the resulting polar diagrams of the virtual “output channels” are displayed in real time.

Any change of a parameter is visible on the spot as a change of the polar diagram. The audio signal also changes in real time without interruptions, allowing settings to be optimized in a quick and comfortable way.

The plug-in is customized for the...

After recording the three Double M/S signals (front cardioid, figure-8, rear cardioid) to three tracks in a sequencer program, they can be decoded by the plug-in to a 5.0 mix. Decoding is intuitive because the resulting polar diagrams of the virtual “output channels” are displayed in real time.

Any change of a parameter is visible on the spot as a change of the polar diagram. The audio signal also changes in real time without interruptions, allowing settings to be optimized in a quick and comfortable way.

The plug-in is customized for the use of SCHOEPS microphones in a Double M/S setup. It has been tailored to the sensitivities of the CCM 4V and CCM 8 compact microphones (cardioid, figure-8) or the corresponding capsules MK 4V and MK 8. The built-in equalization is furthermore designed to match the CCM / MK 8.

Input and output channels:

  • Input 1 (L): CCM / MK 4V front (cardioid)
  • Input 2 (R): CCM / MK 8 (figure-8, positive phase left)
  • Input 3 (C): CCM / MK 4V rear (cardioid)
  • Output 1, 2: L, R Output 3, 4: C, -
  • Output 5, 6: LS, RS

Control elements:

  • "Polar pattern" of the output channels C, L/R and LS/RS. It is continuously adjustable between 0 (= figure-8) and 1 (= omni).
  • New: Enhanced patterns give even greater directivity and channel separation
  • New: Ambience: The diffuse sound in the recording can be controlled independently from the direct sound. With the “decorrelation” option you can avoid unwanted correlation in the diffuse sound
  • "Microphone angle" between the resulting output microphones L/R and LS/RS. It is continuously adjustable between 0° and 90°
  • "Surround delay" of the LS/RS channels in order to avoid localization errors. It is continuously adjustable between 0 ms and 50 ms
  • "Surround Lowpass" of the LS/RS channels to avoid localization errors - a first-order low pass of (6 dB/oct.), continuously adjustable between 1 kHz and "off"
  • Display of the polar diagrams of the output channel: Five polar diagrams in distinct colors make the resulting directivity characteristics visible. You always hear what you see. New: Drag the white button to rotate the image.
  • "Output format": Enables quick recall of Output formats
  • "Output gain" Gain and mute of the C, L/R, LS/RS channels - continuously adjustable between 0 dB and "off"
  • Input and output level meter to control the function and the level of the three input and five output channels
  • Presets: Various factory presets are available, settings can be saved and loaded

One of the shortcomings of conventional M/S recording is the mutual dependency of opening angle and polar pattern: When the opening angle is varied, the polar pattern is also changed and vice versa. In the Double M/S Tool the signal processing automatically avoids this artifact; all parameters may be varied independently.

This also makes the plug-in interesting for two-channel recording. Thus the diversity of coincident recording is optimally demonstrated. Use of the plug-in is intuitive, and does not require training.

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Product History

v1.0 (beta6): March 2012

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Double MS Tool BF (2012)

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