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Blackhole plugin: "Freeze" summing to mono?

March 28, 2020 - 02:08 pm

Logic Pro X 10.4.8

Blackhole ver 3.3.1

MacOS 10.15.4


Hello - 

I'm trying to use the "Freeze" function on a stereo instance of Blackhole to create an infinite (actually about 3 minutes) reverb bed for a project.

I've got it on an insert of a Kontakt piano. Sounds lush, expansive & awesome.

I hit Freeze and the reverb sustains indefinitely, but it sounds like it looses L/R spread. Kind of one-dimensional.

I turn off Freeze and instantly hear the image widen and sound much bigger / better.

What can I be doing wrong?

Many thanks!

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March 30, 2020 - 10:31 am


Unfortunately, this a known issue, and I can't say when/if it might be fixed.

What you could do to work around it (I've done this in my own projects), is render out the first 15-20 seconds of "FREEZE" audio, and then loop it with a long crossfade. It takes a bit of time for the stereo image to start narrowing, and this way you can get a "frozen" sound indefinitely. Not ideal, but it works.