Trying to learn something here so I figured I’d start a discussion on the pros and cons of recording “mono” audio sources to a “stereo” audio track. Please chime in to list some reasons for and against this practice. Again, just trying to learn a bit here.
Thanks a zillion…
I started using Cubase in late 2007 in my home studio. I primarily record myself and other talent mostly as solo tracks. I have recorded up to (3) tracks (audio and instrument) at the same time but that is very rare. During the last several years I’ve pumped out maybe 40 finished projects (songs) per year. Of the (40), maybe (15) per year are my original created songs posted to Sound Cloud. The others are “cover songs” not posted to the web but given to the friends/talent who record them with me for their personal listening use. None are for profit. A typical project has somewhere between 12 and 25 tracks (both audio and vst instrument). Also, I do not use any of the video related functions of Cubase.
Over these years I developed a habit to always record my “mono” audio sources (like guitar and mic inputs) to a Cubase “stereo” audio track. I adopted this method years ago when I first noticed that recording a mono source to a mono track will sometimes not allow a stereo VST effect to work (sound) properly. So I changed my workflow to always record my mono sources to a stereo audio track as this 'fixed" my stereo vst effect issue. My templates are all setup that way and I have provided advice to others on this forum to try this method of recording when I see an issue arise that I think may be related to it.
So that’s my story and the reason why I always record audio from mono sources to a stereo track. To be honest, I don’t know a reason why I would want to record to a mono track. Maybe the newer VST effects work properly when recorded to mono? Also, a mono source recorded to a stereo track is still recorded as a mono file. So why use a mono track? Am I missing an opportunity to create or do something special that can only be done from a mono track?
And this, my friends, is why I request the knowledge from the Steinberg user community.