I decided to write a quick guide to help you get set up with Schoeps Double MS Tool plug-in in Cubase and Nuendo. The only guide I found was in German and our ol’ pal Google provided me with a confusing translation. However thanks to my German friend Daniel, “Front: Nach ganz link” became “Front: To the far left” and not “Front: link to the whole”. Let’s get started!
Download and install the Double MS Tool for VST Windows/Mac here.
1) Launch Nuendo or Cubase
2) Create an empty Project
3) Add three mono audio tracks in the project
(to keep things simple name the tracks as front, side, rear)
4) Import the files into the appropriate tracks
5) Add a Group 5.1 track and route the Group track to your 5.1 output (if you don’t have a 5.1 output create one from the VST Connections or F4)
6) Route the mono tracks to the 5.1 group and configure the individual channels
as follows (also refer to the images below):
Front: To the far left
Side: To the far right
7) Insert the Schoeps Double-M / S Tool BF plug-in in the 5.1 group track.
8) Now test out your configuration. Schoeps provides audio samples of outdoor ambiences, concert recordings and a couple test signals. Check them out here. A good starting point is the Double M/S Test signal: sine bursts reproduced clockwise between 0° and 360°.
*** For Double MS recording tips and techniques make sure to check out these blogs:
Rene Coronado – Quad and Dual MS Technique
Tim Nielsen – MS Recording via DesigningSound
Brian Gilbert – Double MS Technique
Hauptmikrofon – Berlin Ambience Techniques
Schoeps – Double MS Plug-In Overview