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Blue Cat's StereoScope Pro
"Detailed stereo image analysis with 3D visualization."

Description

Blue Cat's StereoScope Pro - Real Time Stereo Field Analyzer and Audio to MIDI Plug-in (VST, AU, RTAS, DX)

Blue Cat's StereoScope Pro is a real time stereo field analyzer with multiple views and MIDI/automation output capabilities. It is a powerful help to analyze how the audio signal is spread in the stereo field, and you can easily detect potential phase and mono compatibilities issues.

The stereo analysis can be controlled in details, and the precise measurements capabilities combined with the zoomable displays let you monitor what is exactly happening.

Choose your preferred view for your needs: real time stereo field display, evolution of the stereo image over time (2D or 3D) or output parameters that explicitly describe the average position and extent of the audio signal in the stereo field. The 3D waterfall view lets you see in details from your preferred viewpoint the evolution of the stereo image over time.

The four memory slots let you store any curve in memory: it helps you make comparisons between several tracks or effects setup very easily. You can compare your mix with other commercial hits!

Like our other professional analysis tools, the output parameters of this plug-in can be used to control other effects in real time: the generated automation envelopes or MIDI CC messages include the minimum and maximum positions in the stereo field and the perceived position based on the audio energy spread in the stereo image. Check the DP Meter Pro Tutorials to see how to use this capability within your favorite host.

Thanks to Blue Cat's skinning language support and the included window opacity management feature, you can adapt the plug-in user interface to your personal needs and enhance your workflow: work faster and more efficiently.

For multiple tracks stereo analysis, you want to give a try to Blue Cat's StereoScope Multi plugin.

Features

Main Features:

  • Real time stereo image analyzer.
  • Three detailed views: stereo image, "stereogram" (evolution of the image over time) and output parameters.
  • Animated zoom for all views.
  • Precise measurement capabilities.
  • 3D waterfall view with full 3D control.
  • solid or wireframe 3D surface display.
  • Integrated correlation meter.
  • Instant, peak and average stereo image curves display.
  • Easy phase cancelation and mono compatibility issues detection.
  • Save the curves for easy A/B comparison.
  • Opacity control for the user interface.
  • Custom absolute and relative threshold control.

Blue Cat Audio Standards:

  • Available as: Mac-AAX, Mac-AU, Mac-RTAS, Mac-VST, Win-AAX, Win-DX, Win-RTAS, Win-VST, Win x64-AAX, Win x64-DX, Win x64-VST.
  • Native DSP code for optimal performance.
  • Full MIDI control and automation support with silent, zipper-free parameters update, advanced response control and MIDI Learn.
  • No CPU load on idle: when the plug-in is fed with silence, the processing smoothly shuts down, to optimize the CPU usage of your Digital Audio Workstation.
  • Skinnable and customizable user interface with transparency management.
  • Automation and MIDI output: record output parameters as automation curves or send MIDI CC messages to other plug-ins for powerful side chain effects.
  • Smooth Bypass: activate/deactivate the plug-in with absolutely no noise.
  • Undo/Redo.
  • Import/Export presets in a host independent format.
  • Any sample rate supported.

Videos

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Screenshots

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Blue Cat's StereoScope Pro - Choose the best viewpoint to display the evolution of the stereo image in 3D Blue Cat's StereoScope Pro - 3D Waterfall View. Blue Cat's StereoScope Pro - Real Time Stereo Field Analyzer and Audio to MIDI Plug-in (VST, AU, RTAS, DX) Blue Cat's StereoScope Pro - typical curves for out of phase signal: most of the energy is in the red area of the display. Blue Cat's StereoScope Pro - Output view: monitor the output parameters over time and apply a transform. Blue Cat's StereoScope Pro - Real Time Stereo Field Analyzer and Audio to MIDI Plug-in (VST, AU, RTAS, DX) Blue Cat's StereoScope Pro - Save and restore curves for A/B comparisons Blue Cat's StereoScope Pro - stereogram view: monitor the evolution of the stereo image over time.

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User Comments & Reviews

"Blue Cat Audio's Analysis Pack gives such great visual feedback on my tunes that I'm thinking about ditching the speakers altogether. Its StereoScope in particular is the most intuitive stereo analysis tool I've used" - Lee du-Caine, Deputy Editor at Computer Music Magazine.

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System Requirements

An OpenGL-compatible graphics card for the 3D View.

Windows

  • An SSE2-enabled processor (Pentium 4 or later).
  • Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or 8.
  • Any DirectX / VST / RTAS / AAX compatible host software (32 or 64 bit).

Mac OS X

  • An Intel or PowerPC processor.
  • Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9), Mountain Lion (10.8), Lion (10.7), Snow Leopard (10.6), or Leopard (10.5).
  • Any VST / Audio Unit (32/64-bit) / RTAS / AAX compatible application.

For more information about supported platforms, see our FAQ.

Demo Limitations

  • One single instance of the plug-in per session.
  • The plug-in is frozen for 4 seconds every 40 seconds.

Versions History >subscribe to our newsletter

V1.91 (2014/03/20)

  • Fixed 64-bit VST MIDI Events not sent for the first output parameter in the list.
  • Windows VST installer now detects the VST plug-ins path and remembers previous install location for updates.
  • Fixed Audio Unit validation issue on OSX Mavericks/Logic Pro X.
  • Fixed VST plug-in window frame not showing in Cubase 7.5 (32-bit) on Mac.
  • Fixed VST version that could not be loaded in Audio HiJack Pro (Mac).

V1.9 (2013/06/27)

  • 64-bit AAX support for Pro Tools 11.

V1.9 (2011/07/11)

  • Output data rate (MIDI CC or automation) can now be customized, from 20 to 500 Hz.
  • Increased the default output data rate (from 20 to 50 Hz) for smoother side chaining and more precise display.
  • Several pan laws can now be selected to match your preferences.
  • Center position is now displayed with numbers in addition to the graphical meter.
  • Windows: improved settings dialog loading time.
  • Mac: user interface performance improvement (up to 30% lighter on cpu).

V1.82 (2011/02/10)

  • Fixed keyboard focus stealing issue in Pro Tools and several other host applications.
  • Controls visibility is now persistent.

V1.81 (2010/11/29)

Fixed incompatibility issues with older presets in the previous version.

V1.8 (2010/11/18)

  • 64-bit Mac VST support.
  • User interface enhancements:
    • Improved readability.
    • Zooming is now animated.
    • Controls can be collapsed to reduce the size of the user interface and focus on the analysis.
    • Improved consistency with our other analysis tools.
  • Improved MIDI and automation output precision: now prevents hosts from wrongly interpolating between values.
  • Default release time is now shorter.

V1.7 (2010/06/19)

Performance Improvements (all platforms):
  • Improved user interface performance and increased graphs display refresh rate.
  • Improved signal processing performance (up to twice faster on some systems!). The plug-in now requires a processor supporting SSE2.
  • Reduced memory footprint.
  • Faster skin loading.

V1.62 (2010/03/19)

This update only concerns the RTAS version of the plug-in:
  • RTAS plug-in bug fix: when using both the mono and stereo versions in the same session, the controls of the instances were linked together.

V1.61 (2010/02/25)

  • Demo version now displays a nag screen only once per session, and only when opening the user interface of the plug-in.
  • Mac: fixed crash with demo version in Ableton Live 8.1.1.
  • Mac AU: output parameters routing now works for more than one instance in Logic Pro's Environment.
  • Mac AU: fixed output parameters that could exceed defined range and not record properly as automation curves.

V1.6 (2010/02/15)

  • RTAS plugin format support for Pro Tools (Mac and Windows).
  • 64-bit applications support for Windows DX and VST under Windows x64.
  • Mac AU 64-bit format support (compatible with 64-bit Logic 9.1 on Snow Leopard)
  • Fixed MIDI learn issues.
  • Space bar does not trigger plug-in buttons anymore (avoids conflict with transport control in most applications).
  • Mac: fixed user interface crashes in some hosts under Snow Leopard.
  • Mac: fixed keyboard/mouse focus issues in some hosts.
  • Mac: fixed user interface crashes in some hosts, when used with particular display settings.
  • Mac: fixed multiple screens issue.
  • Mac-AU: fixed user interface resizing issue when changing skin in some hosts (Logic).
  • Mac-AU: fixed settings lost issue when doing offline rendering in some applications.

V1.5 (2009/08/10)

  • New 3D waterfall view to monitor the evolution of the stereo image over time.
  • Drag the rulers to move the curve when zoomed (can keep measurement/selection mode and still drag the curves).
  • Output automation is now disabled by default.
  • Updated documentation.
  • Bug Fix (PC): Cubase freezes when loading a preset using a different skin while the plugin window is open.

V1.41 (2009/05/05)

Mac VST update: fixed incompatibility issues with Cubase 5 on Mac.

V1.4 (2009/02/27)

  • Mac Audio Unit support.
  • Improved accuracy of MIDI output.
  • Automation output can now be disabled for hosts that do not propose automated parameters choice.
  • New Windows Installer (you should uninstall any previous version before installing this new one).
  • New documentation format.

V1.3 (2008/12/10)

  • Now available for Mac in VST format.
  • Minor user interface changes.

V1.2 (2008/02/25)

  • Fixed a crash on certain configurations while opening the global settings window.
  • Settings window is now faster to open.

V1.1 (2007/12/13)

  • Improved display refresh rate.
  • New "zoom by selection" feature: analysis is now even smoother!

V1.0 (2007/11/05)

First version.