ckemper Carrying on a bit of our discussion on Delay Widener (I didn't want to 'derail' the acoustic thread and figure this makes sense to be here)
I'm interested in your thoughts on further development of the Delay Widener. I've looked at the settings I use on a digital live mixer to achieve this process; I retain a regular mono channel for the the centre component, with the signal duplicated into both sides of separate stereo channel, with L and R delay set at 7.5ms and 10ms respectively so that both are separate in time from the centre component but not so much that the delay is perceived, creating a faux-mid/side workflow. They can be faded in to adjust the 'width' and a high pass filter set to 150Hz with a comparatively gentle 12dB/octave slope value prevents the earlier L component skewing the stereo image left, especially with the unaffected centre component still present and upfront.
The separation of mid and side components in the Delay Widener and the ability to add a basic HPF to a 'sides' component only would be a great enhancement in my opinion, reducing the number of channels/DSP paths needed on a live desk if people wanted to achieve this. It would also simplify the process greatly, as the live engineer would not need to craft it during setup, or during the first few gigs of a tour, it would be done at source. This opens the effect up to analogue desks or smaller digital systems as well, which rarely seem to have a bank of outboard delays or other dedicated processors available for this stuff.
Too niche, or potential next steps?