Schoeps makes Polarflex technique available with plug-in
First introduced in the 1990s, the Schoeps Polarflex technique mixes the signals from two microphones to create novel sound characteristics. This approach formerly required dedicated, outboard digital signal-processing hardware. Now the manufacturer has launched a free software plugin to replace the dedicated processing hardware.
The software plug-in has been designed to ‘make it easy to take full advantage of the Polarflex technique’. The plug-in allows fine-tuning the sound either while recording or afterward, with real-time monitoring of the results. When used in a stereo pair, the reshaping of room sound and the stereo image reportedly offers a powerful tool for sound design.
A Polarflex microphone arrangement consists of one omnidirectional microphone and one figure-8 microphone in a coincident setup. A single Polarflex setup is optimally suited as a vocal microphone or a stereo pair can be used on the piano, as well as extending the possibilities of all the well-known two-microphone stereo recording techniques.