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Old 10-09-2007, 10:35 AM
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Default 5.1 Surround processing (vs. linked mono/stereo)

What is gained by using a true "Surround-5.1" plugin (dynamics mainly) as apposed to a mulimono plugin with certain channels linked?

What are you using for dynamics on your 5.1 output?

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Default Re: 5.1 Surround processing (vs. linked mono/stereo)

Some plug-ins only exist as multi-mono. Sometimes multi-mono is really useful, say when you want a hi-pass filter on the LFE track.

I have used McDSP G Dynamics 5.1 compressors, and also Digi-Rack 5.1 for mix buss compressors.
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Old 10-09-2007, 12:24 PM
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Default Re: 5.1 Surround processing (vs. linked mono/stereo)

I can see the advantage of multi-mono, but what's the advantage of a true 5.1 version?

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Default Re: 5.1 Surround processing (vs. linked mono/stereo)

What comes immediately to mind is dynamics processing. In a multi-channel plugin there's a common detector "circuit" that causes the comp, limiter, etc. to act on all channels equally when any of them exceeds the threshold. For instance, the dialog in the center channel exceeding the threshold would cause all channels to be compressed equally, maintaining relative balance among all channels. In a multi-mono plugin, each channel has it's own detector circuit so balance among channels will be all over the place.

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