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Flux: SE Stereo Tool

A free stereo gain control & metering plugin.

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3 November 2023

During the advent of the DAW in the 1990s — and after being unable to source software appropriate to his needs — Flux Software Engineering took its first tentative steps when French studio engineer Gaël Martinet started learning C++ programming to address a gap in the market. Subcontracting for Merging Technologies over a decade later the concept of FLUX:: SE started to take shape, and since 2006 the company has focused on developing innovative, intuitive audio software tools to assist engineers and producers in the professional audio, broadcast, post-production, and mastering industry the world over.

Stereo Tool offers ultra-precise control of input gain and individual pan for left / right channels. It also provides accurate visual feedback that reflects signal content through use of a vector scope, PPM meters for inputs / outputs, phase correlation meter permanently monitoring the signal, and individual left / right polarity reversal.

PRESET & PARAMETER HANDLING

Preset/Parameter Slots. To enhance the workflow the two Preset/Parameter slots, A and B, can be loaded with two full set of parameters at the same time. Apart from saving each preset, a ‘Global Preset’ containing both the A and B settings and the position of the ‘Morphing Slider’ can be saved.

Parameter Morphing Slider with Automation. The Morphing Slider provides morphing between the parameter settings of slot A/B allowing for really creative and useful real-time tweaking. Enabling the Automation control button exposes the Morphing Slider to the host automation.

Phase Integrity Control. The Vector Scope instantly reveals the phase integrity of your mix, when out of phase the information on the meter is lying horizontal. With Stereo Tool this can be fixed with a simple click on the left or right phase polarity switch to flip and reverse one of the channels you’re back in phase again.

Dual Preset Slots & Parameter Morphing. The built in preset manager and the preset morphing slider, provides instant and intuitive control of all parameters and controls. In a second, with a simple one-click operation, everything is copied from one of the two preset slots to the other — even during playback. The two Preset/Parameter slots, A and B, can be loaded with two full set of parameters at the same time, and except for only A/B comparing two sets of parameters, the morphing slider will allow to mix them, and to record the morph with the host automation.

Features:
  • Input Gain controls for adjusting the level for left and right channels before processing
  • Phase inversion of the incoming signal on left and right channels
  • Individual panning control for left and right channels
  • Vector Scope Display providing accurate visual feedback reflecting the signal stereo image content graphically
  • Global Stereo Width and Pan settings providing precise management of the stereo signal
  • PPM meters for both input and output gain
  • Phase correlation meter permanently monitor the signal
  • Open Sound Control Support
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