For pre-mastering, my surround projects are contained in four tracks:
- Lf+Rf (stereo)
- C (mono)
- LFE (mono)
- Ls+Rs (stereo)
This is done so that left and right channels can be processed together (e.g., EQ, dynamics) while the Center and LFE channels can be processed independently.
Unfortunately, when I render the Montage to a Multi Channel file, WaveLab creates an 8-channel file, rather than a 6-channel (5.1) file, presumably because it puts each track of the Montage into a stereo channel. I haven’t opened the file to see, but the bitrate reveals exactly a 25% increase, commensurate with two additional channels. No doubt, if the Center and LFE channels were contained in a single stereo track, everything would work just fine, but then I couldn’t process those channels independently.
Is there a simple way around this?
Any advice is appreciated.