|It is obvious that the ToolMod system can be used to combine any kind of modules in any desired way. The ToolMod sets are some examples of special setups. The picture shows the M/S processing set with 2 M/S matrix modules, 2 eq's, and a stereo compressor.
The Pro Audio M/S Processor ToolMod MSP
The M/S Processor is a unique set of modules for analog audio processing
of a stereo signal in M/S format. M/S processing offers outstanding features
to shape the spatial image of a stereo signal, even with mastering and/or the
final mix. The M/S-Equalizer
TM134 offers separate equalization of the mono components
in the M channel and the spatial information in the S channel and also a special
mode, that compensateds a boost in the S-channel with a matching cut in the M-channel
and vice versa. This results in a frequency depending base width modification
of the stereo signal. Click here for Information on M/S Equalization.
Dynamics processing in the M/S chain is based on different
rules than normal dynamics processing of a stereo signal. An improved alignment
on the mono signal is the major advantage; however, any kind of level offset
between M and S caused by the compressor will result in a modulation of the stereo
base width. The consequence of such behavior is that there are no fixed positions
of the instruments on the stereo base anymore; the positions and the entire base
width is changed by the regulation of the compressor. This can be a nice effect
for a special purpose but it is not possible to use this principle for normal
mixing or mastering. The M/S
Mastering Compressor TM132 comes with special controls
to cover the entire range of dynamic treatment of a M/S stereo signal. Here is
information on the M/S
The mastering version TM130m of the
M/S Matrix offers
additional controls for stereo base width and direction. The base width control
allows the variation from 50 /to 300 % stereo. The 100 % - stereo unchanged
- position at the center is precisely calibrated. The elliptic equalizer maintains
a mono compatible, well centered bass range, even if the stereo base width is
enhanced. The direction control allows to compensate possible shifts in the left-right
balance when base enhancement is used.
In combination with the Stereo Mastering Set's the ToolMod M/S processor offers a rich set of additional processing features.