The Flux Stereo Tool v3 is a free VST plugin that allows you to analyze the stereo image of your productions in a very simple way.
Thanks to the Stereo Tool you can have control over the gain of your mixes both at the input and in the production of the final sample, as well as the panning of each channel.
It has a vector indicator for accurate monitoring of your mixes, as well as PPM meters for inputs and outputs.
With this VST you will have an accurate measurement of the phase relationship of the left and right bias signals.
It has 64-bit floating point processing and up to 8 input and output channels (384 kHz), which is amazing for a free plugin.
It has a really simple and friendly user interface for novice users, helping you to get familiar with the basics and allowing you to learn how to use it quickly.
Uses of the Flux Stereo Tool v3
Controlling phase when working with stereo signals can be a real pain, especially for beginners, and it is one of those factors that requires a trained ear and a lot of experience, becoming imperceptible to most untrained ears.
Some music producers believe that if we get used to mixing in mono and make sure that our mix works, we can switch our master mix to stereo without encountering any problems, which makes perfect sense.
However, this requires some theoretical and practical knowledge, and if you are just starting in the world of production, you will not have a mastering in mixing audio, for this we can count on VST like Flux’s Stereo Tool, which will help us to do this task in an easier and more successful way.
Just mount it on a group of tracks to analyze possible phase problems and we will have an accurate visual analysis of our tracks, helping us to identify problems for proper correction.
A simple example would be if we have three kicks in a track sounding in unison, to identify if we have a possible phase problem with any of the kicks, we will only have to put the Stereo Tool on the track and analyze the image.
The meter located at the bottom of the VST will serve as an indicator, if it flashes in the right +1 position it means that everything is in phase.
If the red meter located at the bottom of the plugin (the little red square) stays to the right, in the +1 position it means that everything is in phase.
Compatibility of Stereo Tool v3
The Flux Stereo Tool v3 is compatible with most systems, all major native formats are supported on Windows: Vista, 7 and 8, all in 32 and 64 bit. (Windows XP only in v.2.4 / 32 bit).
- VST (2.4)
- AAX Native
- Mac OS X (Intel): 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9 in 32 and 64 bit.
- VST (2.4)
- Native to AAX
The download of this plugin is totally free on the manufacturer’s website, download it by clicking on the button below.