Sound Magic has introduced Neo Imager – a hybrid tool which combines a Stereo Enhancer and an
Imager. With Neo Imager, you can adjust both the stereo position of your music/tracks
and enhance that stereo feeling as well.
- Internal 64-bit floating point precision
- Innovative Enhanced M/S Matrix enables users to adjust stereo position
- Partial True Stereo Convolution Technology adds realistic
- stereo feeling to your mono tracks, and enhanced the stereo feeling for current stereo tracks
- Delay and Damping effects enables a better position feelings.
- A/B setting makes it very convenient to A/B comparison.
- Support up to 32Bit/384KHz resolution.
Here’s what they have to say about Neo Imager:
Neo Imager use a new technology which we call “Enhanced M/S Matrix”, which enables you to rotate the sound, make it wider or put it into a deeper position. You can also add a delay effect and/or a natural
damping effect to the sound, which really creates a natural stereo
Using traditional methods, changing a mono sound to a good sounding
stereo image is “nearly” impossible. Engineers will often apply some
delay to one channel and that sounds a little bit better than mono but
it still cannot compare to a true stereo sound. Neo Imager is a stereo
enhancing plug-in that is based on a revolutionary approach which we
call Partial True Stereo Convolution. In a real space, the sound
usually comes from a single point. We are able to identify where the
sound is because the signal reaching our right ear is different than
the one reaching our left. The timing of arrival may be slightly
different and the natural reverb of the space will differ as well. The
different route the sound takes through the space is combined with
different early reflections allowing our brains to pinpoint the sound.
In theory, if you could capture the True Stereo IR at the recording
point, you could recreate the stereo with a mono signal. In practice,
Sound Magic chose to concentrate only on those early reflections which are around the Haas Effect Range. In this way, the resulting sound will have the spatial feeling without too much of the reverb feelings. By using this method, Partial True Stereo Convolution not only creates a better, more natural sound than traditional methods, but it also can re-create the spatial feeling.
If you have ever felt the need to have a little more control over the
stereo image of your recording, Neo Imager is a must-have tool for
Neo Imager shares the same True Stereo IR library with Neo Reverb,
which make it easy to extend with more space types.
See their site for details. A demo version is available.