Spread by DJ Swivel is a new multi-band stereo enhancer and imager plug-in with some cool ideas and features. With a simple, but effective GUI and all the essential functionality, Spread could become your new go-to stereo tool. It’s also quite affordable!
DJ Swivel Spread
After releasing the vocal mixing plug-in The Sauce in January, producer and mixing engineer DJ Swivel is back with another interesting tool for your DAW. Spread is a multi-band stereo enhancer and imager. DJ Swivel says that he uses stereo enhancers all the time in his mixes, so he set out to design one that delivers all the features he typically wants.
Spread offers three frequency bands with adjustable crossovers. You can set the stereo width for each band separately. According to the developer, the plug-in detects if it’s being used on a mono or stereo track. On mono tracks, it converts the signal to stereo and adds width. On stereo tracks, it allows you to widen the stereo image or make it narrower.
Spread also offers a side filter, which uses an M/S filter to roll off the low end below 200 Hz in the sides. DJ Swivel says that this helps to clean up muddiness caused by too much stereo information in the low frequencies. Furthermore, Spread’s tilt function lets you balance out the left and right levels without compromising the stereo image.
Those are some very useful features. I also like the clean and simple GUI of the plug-in, which offers all the necessary information and controls without getting overly complex. While it doesn’t offer any groundbreaking new features that we’ve never seen before, Spread looks like a quick and straightforward tool that offers just what you need to control the stereo image of your tracks. At the low introductory price, I’d call it a no-brainer.
Price and compatibility
DJ Swivel Spread is now available from the developer’s website for USD 15. This introductory offer lasts until the end of September, after which the price will increase to USD 39.
The plug-in runs on macOS 10.11 or higher and Windows 7 or higher in VST3, AU and AAX formats (64 bit). A free trial version is available.