Help: Presets - Stereo Tool 2.05

Stereo Tool Winamp plugin presets

Stereo Tool offers a number of predefined presets, that can be used get fast results.

The presets that are currently offered are:
    • Very Soft Compression (Classical)
      The single- and multiband compressors operate very slowly, so the dynamics of the sound are almost unchanged. Only a small amount of compression occurs, this mode is not suitable if the goal is to get a really constant volume. Sudden loud peaks are filtered out, though.
      Very suitable for classical music.
    • Soft Compression
      The compressors operate slightly faster than in the Very Soft Compression mode, but they still move very slowly. The output volume is much more constant, but the dynamics of the sound are still very good. (It does not sound "flat").
    • Normal Compression
      The compressors operate at a normal rate. The output volume is very constant, at the expense of loosing some dynamics. (The sound will get more "flat").
    • Hard Compression (dance)
      The compressors operate at a fast rate. The output volume is very constant, at the expense of loosing a lot of dynamics. The sound is constantly loud, even when the original recording contains some softer parts.
      The sound will get "flat", but also a bit fuller, because all softer instruments and sounds get amplified more.
    • Hard Compression (more powerful)
      Similar to Hard Compression, but sudden peaks in the sound get more "punch". The result sounds less full, but also less flat, and the average volume is lower.
    • Very Hard Compression
      The output is almost constantly at the maximum level.

    • Mono
      The output is mono, but no sounds are lost in the stereo to mono conversion as would normally be the case. This results in a much fuller sound, without any distortion. Useful when only one output channel is available.
      Works especially well for old tape recordings and synthesizer sounds, but virtually all stereo recordings benefit from this conversion compared to the normal stereo to mono conversion.
    • Remove phase differences
      The instruments stay at the same place (so if a drum sounds louder on the left channel than on the right, it will stay that way), but all phase differences are removed. The resulting sound is still stereo, but a part of the stereo effect is removed. The result can safely be converted to mono using an amplifier, radio receiver etc..
      Works especially well for old tape recordings and synthesizer sounds, so if you need a signal that some people will hear in mono, this is a good way of ensuring that they will get a good sound.
    • Put all instruments in center
      All the instruments are played at the same volume at both speakers, but the phase differences remain.
      Useful if some people only hear one speaker: Each speaker plays all the sounds, but if someone hears both speakers the sound is still stereo (although a weaker stereo than the original). Can be useful at a work place, parties etc..
    • Increased stereo
      The instruments move further away from the center, and phase differences are increased.
      Use with care, especially if the original recordings are not very good (low quality MP3s for example), the result will sound very bad.
    • Fake stereo (delayed channel)
      One of the channels is played back with a short delay, this causes a fake stereo effect.

    • FM Transmitter (Stereo)
      Default settings for an FM transmitter. The sound is very loud (strong compression), and the sounds about 18 kHz are filtered out to avoid FM pilot tone interference.
    • FM Transmitter (Mono)
      As FM Transmitter (Stereo), but mono (using the Stereo Tool stereo to mono filters as described above).
    • AM Transmitter - Europe
      Default settings for an AM transmitter. The sound is extremely loud (very strong compression) to overcome the noise on the AM band, and the sounds about 4.5 kHz are filtered out.
    • AM Transmitter - North America
      As AM Transmitter - Europe, but the filtering occurs at 5 kHz instead of 4.5 kHz.
    • Weird Titan Radio
      The settings of my own internet radio station, Weird Titan Radio, which this program was originally written for. (Tune in if you like hardtrance!)
    • CQ Radio 99.1 FM Monee, Illinois
      A US-based FM station that uses this plugin.

    • Insane Power Sound
      Demo settings, which show what can be done with Stereo Tool. Not very useful unless you like loud noise.
    • Stereo Tool 1.x default settings
      The default settings of Stereo Tool 1.x.

Stereo Tool 2.x     (C) Copyright 2006 by Hans van Zutphen     Email: software@hansvanzutphen.com