Sometimes, I receive an OMF with stereo music tracks split into 2 mono tracks.
I prefer to handle music tracks as stereo tracks, so I have to “merge” those mono tracks into stereo. There is this function in Nuendo which lets me deal with that that easily; PROJECT/CONVERT TRACKS/MONO TO MULTI-CHANNEL.
But what if I only want a single region-pair on those two tracks to be merged-to-stereo, instead of the entire tracks?
Now, I find myself copying those region-pairs to 2 mono “work tracks”, creating a “new version” of the audio-references, by means of EDIT/FUNCTIONS/CONVERT TO REAL COPY, and then converting those “NEW VERSIONS” to stereo by means of right-clicking the 2 “NEW VERSIONS” in the Pool, and then selecting “CONVERT FILES”…
“BOUNCE” doesn’t merge two mono regions into 1 stereo region, so “BOUNCE” is worthless for me in this matter. It also doesn’t provide a tail before or after the regions’ borders either, which makes it worthless for a second reason.
“RENDER” creates a mix of the selected regions, so when I’d choose “NONE” in the RENDER-dialog, it creates a dry, stereo-interleaved- version of the selected regions, with a tail though, but…since my project is a 5.1-project, the resulting file is a 5.1-file, which -again- needs a conversion…
It find it quite a hassle to do some things in Nuendo which are much easier in other programs…I must be overlooking something in this matter? Any tips welcome!
That’s -indeed- a little less complicated than my workflow, but still -in my opinion- not “simple”.
Take Pro Tools; select 2 mono regions (or parts of these regions), drag them to a stereo track, and voila, there is your stereo region.
That’s because PT is natively dual mono instead of stereo, which has caused more interoperability hassle than should ever have been necessary with virtually every other DAW in the world. The benefit here is accidental and I would trade it for a true stereo format any day.
You might also want to look at Convert Files in the Audio Menu.
AFAIK Render in Place should do what you need, if you temporarily set the output of the tracks to ‘Left - Stereo Out’ and ‘Right - Stereo Out’ before the render (it decides the number of channels based on the output channel routing of the track). If you don’t need a tail just switch it to ‘off’ in the Render dialogue. Also select ‘Mix Down to One Track’.
What am I doing wrong?
My client sent me an OMF with a split-stereo music track (so I received 2 mono tracks).
When I put them on 2 mono work tracks, find & select them in my Pool, and convert them to stereo, the result is:
You can not merge two mono files into a stereo file in the pool.
What you are doing is simply converting a mono file (or two in your case) to stereo.
Follow the procedures, by using Convert Tracks (Project/Convert Tracks/Mono-to Multichannel)
This will merge everything on this track into stereo files, so if you only need one specific file, drag them to new tracks.
This workaround (Mono > Multichannel) does the job indeed, I’ll use it as a workaround, so thanks for reminding me.
But…since the 2 mono files (from the OMF) were split from a stereo file by my client, why can’t Nuendo simply merge them back together? What’s the option “Stereo” in the Pool’s “Convert fIles”-window for then?
Because there is no “link” between these audio files. Nothing indicates that they belong together.
Dual mono is an “invention” (read:workaround) from early PT systems because their audio engine could not handle stereo files. There is no other reason for that.
What’s the option “Stereo” in the Pool’s “Convert fIles”-window for then?
It does exactly what it says it does: converting the file from mono into stereo. Which will result in the information being copied into two channels.
The make “stereo from multi-mono” is a mixdown, merging, bringing together of two files.