Learning to use Utility Effect--Width Function
I have just begun using Ableton within the last few months and have started playing around with the width function of the Utility Effect in a mix of songs I'm working on right now. It seems incredibly useful but I want to make sure I understand exactly what's going on (I'm not great with understanding musical/production terms, so the definition out of the handbook isn't really helping). My take on what it does (tell me if this is totally wrong or kind of on track):
It's essentially taking the spectrum of sound that you get from a sample and either shrinks it down or expands it. If we move the slider down to 0% or something close to that, instead of getting the full range of frequencies that that sample provides, we maybe only get the single most prominent frequency (assuming its in the middle of that spectrum of frequency outputs), so for a kick drum this is useful because a kick doesn't have a wide range of frequencies like a Lead chord might, so that kick is accentuated.
At the same time as this expansion/diminishing of the frequency spectrum, it seems like the utility also acts as a compressor on the entire sample. Is this because its focusing in on a certain frequency range?
When we move up near 200%, this seems like it's doubling the range of frequencies that the sample plays out, which drowns out those lower sounds. Again though, it's like there's also a compressor that's working since it gives me more headroom somehow?
Sorry for the beginner-level questions, but any help would be greatly appreciated!!
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