I loved the discovery of UAD’s HW emulations (thank you Danny!) and I don’t think I need a huge arsenal of plugins. Hence I tend to ignore all the latest and supposedly greatest plugins that come out.
Today I came across Fiedler Audio’s new “Stage”, a toolkit that lets you easily shape the stereo image. It spans from Haas effect, over phase inversion and M/S signal processing to a number of proprietary algorithms. The demo is impressive. At my current stage on the learning curve (a lot of Next Level Mixing ahead of me) and some great tools at hand (Valhalla, iZotope Imager, etc.), however, it feels a bit like cheating, and using something like Stage a “quick-fix”.
So, my question to you more experienced mixers (or further ahead in the program), do you use “Space Designers”? How and where?