Mono to Stereo

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Jackxxx
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Mono to Stereo

Post by Jackxxx » Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:11 pm

I normally record in mono but decided to try a stereo recording. I changed the recording channels setting from mono 1 to stereo 2. When I try and record it only records on the left track. What am I doing wrong?

Thank you,

Trebor
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Re: Mono to Stereo

Post by Trebor » Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:10 pm

Jackxxx wrote:I normally record in mono but decided to try a stereo recording. I changed the recording channels setting from mono 1 to stereo 2. When I try and record it only records on the left track. What am I doing wrong?
If you're mic is mono, (not stereo), then you'll only get the left channel.
If you want to add stereo effects to a mono recording, duplicate the mono track, (Press"Ctrl"+"D"),
then join them to make a stereo-pair, (which is actually called "dual mono" because the L&R tracks are identical).
Then apply stereo effects to the dual-mono track to stereoize it, e.g. pseudo-stereo , chorus, spin.

CZghost
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Re: Mono to Stereo

Post by CZghost » Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:24 am

Do you want to remaster a mono sound into stereo? Pseudo-stereo makes quite good sounding stereo effect, but it makes it rather random, which, normally, isn't what you want. You may need leading sound center paned (mono), however background sounds coming from different angles: eighter from left or right, which may require you to split the sound up a little bit and tweak each sound for left and right channels independently. Is the sound moving? You may need to slide the center pane slider continuously from one direction to another, depending on how fast it moves, or how the speed of movement changes. I'm not sure if Audacity is actually capable of doing this. You may need an additional software, pretty much rather expensive one that could do the job. However even with that, you still need to make a lot of work, painful tweaking and long hours of editing. Mastering mono sound recording to stereo is very lenghty and very nasty proccess.

I'll give you advice. If you have quite good mic, leave the sound mono, it will sound far better than with Pseudo-stereo effect on it...

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