What is Mid/Side Processing?

There are many reasons to want to achieve a full, wide sounding mix. A mix that is perceivably fuller and wider will sound better to the listener. Creating a mix that sounds more present but with a more sonically interesting texture can add interest to the different sections of a song or enhance the arrangement of a track. A wide sounding mix can be achieved through a variety of panning and stereo imaging techniques, including one secret weapon of the accomplished Engineer Mid Side processing. Mid Side is a highly effective way of making adjustments to the spacialization of a mix or master. The Mid channel is the center of a stereo image. When the Mid channel is boosted, the listener perceives a more centered mono sound to the audio. The Side channel is the edges of a stereo image.

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