M/S stereo

If you record them to a stereo file and make sure that one mic is panned all the way left and the other is all the way right, then you can simply put the (free!) voxengo MS decoder on that channel and it will come out stereo. Or you can record them as separate mono channels, put that through a group, and put the plug in on the group channel. The benefit of this is that you then can adjust the mix of M and S microphones using their faders, which allows you to go from completely mono (just the M mic) to a wider or narrower stereo image (depending on the mix of M and S mics). So: no hardware needed! Nothing more than you already have!

What mics do you have?

no hardware needed!

Hey, good news!

I dont have great mics, two cheaps samson c03 multipattern, but that sound much better than the chep dynamics one i have before.

Right, just plug 'em in and away you go. You can use the voxengo plug, but the MDA plug is better since it gives you more control. Put it in MS->LR mode.

Voxengo plugs are generally better when there are complex algorithms involved. MDA plugs that require sophisticated DSP work usually don’t sound very good. However, their simple utility plugs (like this one) are excellent.

Nice MS experiment to try:

Put your speakers close together (=next to each other). Insert a wave file into n. Apply mda Image with LR-LR setting. Increase S level and decrease M level to appropriate amount until you get a nice stereo image. This is MS “the other way”…

There is even a commercial “one-piece” studio monitor system doing this…with matrix circuits inside.

I prefer the usual stereo system for reproduction though…

Hey, that’s cool. Any reason to prefer this to the ordinary way of doing things, Fytrius?

I think there are some benefits like bigger sweetspot for listening, for example. I haven’t read so much about it, and only tested it in the way I described - the real system twiddles a bit with eq also, I think.

You save the space of one speaker…

Search for it if you are interested. “Emes owl” is the name of the studio monitor. The system itself has a patent by a swedish company called “Embracing sound” or something like that…

Hmmm…not cheap! Street price around 3000 US dollars.

Mix Mag review from a few years ago:


And the creature itself:


The OWL System is a unique studio monitor design from EMES using the patented Embracing Sound Experience System?. The ESE (Embracing Sound Experience) System? allows the reproduction of a sound image from a single enclosure. This eliminates artifacts such as acoustic crosstalk, extensive comb filtering, etc., introduced by any left/right mono-speaker configuration.

The ESE System? is based on the discovery that the human sense of hearing can recreate the acoustic image, which up to now, manufacturers have attempted to reproduce using two separately positioned speakers. Suddenly, stereo is no longer just a question of left and right, but also of foreground and background. We all know that the recorded sound already contains the directional information that the brain needs. The removal of time and phase faults, by placing the speakers together, makes listening more restful and allows the listener to hear a high resolution image from any point in the room.