Universal Audio has announced the impending release of the Precision K-Stereo Ambience Recovery Plug-In for the UAD powered [lug-Ins platform and Apollo Audio Interface.
Created by Universal Audio in collaboration with noted mastering engineer Bob Katz, the K-Stereo Ambience Recovery plug-in extracts ambient cues from source recordings — allowing users to precisely enhance the stereo depth and imaging of mixes without unnatural artifacts.
“The K-Stereo plug-in gives mastering engineers an easy, organic-sounding solution for excessively small mixes or mixes that need more space and depth — from classical to jazz, rock, or hip-hop,” says Katz. “Because we’re effectively ‘pulling out’ the ambience that’s already in the recording, the results sound much more natural. I’m happy to be working with UA to bring K-Stereo to the UAD platform.”
Designed for critical two-track mastering or post-production applications, the K-Stereo plug-in offers a “do-no-harm” approach to adding depth and width to busy or narrow-sounding mixes.
Using elements of the Haas effect and other psychoacoustic principles, the plug-in transparently enhances existing ambience and early reflections without adding artificial reverb or changing the ratio of center elements to side elements.
Precision K-Stereo Ambience Recovery Plug-In Features:
—Unique ambience recovery and stereo processing tool, created and patented by famed mastering engineer Bob Katz
—Extracts ambient cues from the source material, naturally adding depth and width to the stereo field
—Well-suited for fixing busy or “narrow” mixes at the mastering stage
—Three-band Ambience Filter EQ for further shaping the effect
—Mid/Side gain controls available to adjust the center-to-side balance
—Left/Right Gain controls for final stereo image balancing and leveling
—Custom user presets created by Bob Katz
Available as part of the upcoming UAD Software v6.3.2 release, scheduled for early November, the Precision K-Stereo Ambience Recovery Plug-In will be available for $199 US via the UA Online Store.