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52 Reason / Record Tips - Week 42: Stereo Width w/ The Haas Effect

posted 2011-01-05 at 21:07

This week I'm going to show you one of the most tried and true methods we have to add stereo width and depth to our mixes: The Haas Affect.

Named after Dr. Helmut Haas for his early research into the effect, the Haas Effect essentially uses short delays to fool your brain into perceiving a stereo sound from a mono source. In mixing we can exploit your brain's gullibility to carve out wide stereo fields and provide our mixes enough room for center elements like lead vocals or bass guitar.

I've made a Combinator patch that accompanies this tutorial and it can be downloaded here:




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Comments (8)

Comment posted by: fade177 - 2011-01-06 19:45

This is great (actually, the whole series is great). Are there other psychoacoustic effects like this that could be useful in mixing and production?

Comment posted by: DrTARDIS - 2011-01-08 22:04

Great tip, but may i make one suggestion ?
Check the phase relation. Put everything in mono and if the processed sound is weaker, tweek the delay time until it gets louder. It doesn't take very long but it's worth it.

Comment posted by: Egoadsr - 2011-01-10 20:20

Yes !!!! :)

Comment posted by: Egoadsr - 2011-01-10 20:54

Hi James, maybe in a future tip, you can show how to achieve a one rotary equal power crossfade with a combinator, i know it's possible to achieve this with 2 mixer pan, splitting signals... or maybe there is another way.

Comment posted by: FIZZYLIFTER - 2011-02-24 20:36

In addition to fade177 comment, a tip on how to do narrow field processing would be great. I have experimented with using reverb, stereo imaging, the haas effect, etc to get vocals, drums, or leads narrow, but there is always a bit of left and right bleed over. i would like to know how to make a lead or vocal sound like a sonic laser beam burning dead center into your brain! BT and Paul Van Dyk have some incredible mixes with very specific parts of the audio image occupied by vocals, synths, drums, but I am unable to conclude how they are achieving this effect. Any tips would be very helpful!

Comment posted by: hubub - 2011-03-17 14:21

Thanks James, just spent the day remixing accoustic guitar.

Comment posted by: ethday - 2011-10-18 18:15

Awesome tip - big help; and thanks for the patch. I'm gonna be a stereo widening fool!

Comment posted by: ryanstoner - 2012-09-29 04:22

great combinator. thanks.