I need to get a true mono .wav file to use after recording an interview of one person. But I fear that may be complicated by the fact that the H4n records in stereo only. Essentially, the result of the setup/recording, in as far as I can tell, would be that I would have a recorded track that will still be heard initially on only one side (hard left, as my mic was in input one on the H4n), due to the H4n’s stereo (default) configuration.
I’m wondering, is that so? And if so, how can I change it, meaning specifically:
What can I do via my Cubase LE 5 to get the recorded files to true mono files that a producer (or I) could use to create a finished piece, with again, the interviewee recording in true mono .wav?
My version of Cubase has the ability to convert files, including stereo files to mono. My first question is: Should I simply use that process? But if so, when or at what point might I have to be panning or assigning (the stereo wav file) to center? And I’m presuming I would have to at some point pan the stereo from hard left to center. But maybe not.
Question #2: There is also a “stereo flip” option, a function that works with stereo audio selections only, which allows one to manipulate the left and right channel in the following ways:
Flip: Left-Right Swaps the left and right channel.
Left to Stereo: Copies the left channel sound to the right channel.
Right to Stereo: Copies the right channel sound to the left channel.
Merge: Merges both channels on each side for mono sound.
Subtract: Subtracts the left channel information from the right and
vice versa. This is typically used as a “Karaoke effect”, for
removing centered mono material from a stereo signal.
I’m wary of this as it seems as it could confuse the required panning or somehow be detrimental if I have a hard left stereo recording in which I want only to use the left but convert it to mono.
Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks very much in advance.