Available for download, Leapwing StageOne is a stereo width and depth enhancer with a variety of uses. In mastering applications, it can be used to add apparent width to a mix in a pleasurable way that doesn't add unwanted artifacts or phase issues. Use the plug-in with instrument buses in the mix to help situate elements in a session. If you have a mono element that needs widening, such as a vocal or an electric guitar, you can implement StageOne to stretch it into stereo without damaging its mono compatibility.
This plug-in sports three sections, each with two sliders apiece. The Width slider increases the apparent width of a stereo signal, while a high-pass filter sets the frequency below that where no widening will occur.
The Depth slider adds subtle reflections that help place an element further into the mix. Use it to help with your front-to-back panning, and tweak the Color Slider to concentrate this effect in higher or lower frequencies, whichever you prefer. This effect can help elements such as electric pianos and background vocals move to the back of your mix.
Use the Mono Spread slider on mono elements to widen them. Whereas widening with delays can cause issues in mono, StageOne keeps your signal mono compatible. Furthermore, you can concentrate the stereo center anywhere between the left and right with the Center Gravity slider. An output trim is on hand to raise or lower the level after processing.
This plug-in is compatible with Mac and Windows platforms. It can operate in AU, VST, and AAX formats.