Switching mono to stereo

It’s a workaround, but it’s not the more practical. I work a lot with project templates, hence this request.

I believe this might also help those of us who have mono external hardware synths that, in order to apply stereo effects to them, we need to connect them to two dedicated hardware inputs.

+1 absolutely agree!

it’s also very annoying when you assume a track is stereo but it’s actually mono without realizing it and you try adding some kind of delay/reverb/chorus to it… only to wonder why it’s not sounding as big as it should and then after a long search you realize the track was mono all along lol

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+1, should be easy to fix

I’ve posted here once or twice on this very subject, and never really got a satisfactory answer.
When recording a mono source, vox, electric guitar, mini moog etc, Why do all tutorials tell you to create a mono track? All these instruments will likely need stereo fx added at some point. Necessitating the creation of a stereo track and dragging the audio into it.
Surely, the better suggestion would be, whatever the source, create a stereo track. Which is now my usual practice.

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+1 absolutely agree!

it’s also very annoying when you assume a track is stereo but it’s actually mono without realizing it and you try adding some kind of delay/reverb/chorus to it… only to wonder why it’s not sounding as big as it should and then after a long search you realize the track was mono all along lol

Totally feeling it lol

+1, should be easy to fix

Not so easy obviously since this suggestion was already made several years ago, and Steinberg is aware of it

I’ve posted here once or twice on this very subject, and never really got a satisfactory answer.
When recording a mono source, vox, electric guitar, mini moog etc, Why do all tutorials tell you to create a mono track? All these instruments will likely need stereo fx added at some point. Necessitating the creation of a stereo track and dragging the audio into it.
Surely, the better suggestion would be, whatever the source, create a stereo track. Which is now my usual practice.

I mainly do only stereo tracks now too. But this requires more resources for the processor, while sometimes it is really not useful.

+1 scince 10 years on that ; )

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+1 Switching to Cubase really made me appreciate Pro Tools’ handling of this with mono-to-stereo plug-in implementation and such. Extremely cumbersome in Cubase.

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Still no response or explanation from the teams. However, considering the amount of votes and likes, and considering the comments of some of us, it seems that this is a long-awaited feature.

Voted for this, too. I mostly use mono tracks (well, apart from some VSTis), and while I am usually happy setting up fx channels reverbs and such, it would be really practical to sometimes just put a stereo delay on a guitar or a doubler effect on a vocal.

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What exactly is the impact? Have you done any measurements, any A/B’ing?
I stopped using mono tracks altogether years ago and never looked back. Can’t say I have noticed any major added processor load, but I have never made any serious tests.

Do you have a specific reason for using mostly mono tracks?

The main reason I mostly use mono tracks is because I’ve always done so :wink: If I record with one mic, I only need a mono track, of course.
But stereo tracks definitely use more CPU, that is a) logical, because plugins have to calculate twice the amount of samples and b) measurable. I’ve done a test, 40 audio tracks each with 8 instances of a demanding compressor plugin. With stereo tracks, it is nearly twice as much ASIO usage than with mono tracks.
Now, whether that makes a noticeable impact on real world projects depends probably very much on how many tracks you have and how many and which processors you use. Still, if not strictly necessary, why would I waste CPU cycles on tracks that most of the time do not need it?

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The only reason I ever use a mono track is to record a mono source completely dry (guitar, vocal, etc.). The only reason for that is “visual”. Meaning, it’s easier to look at one waveform to make initial cuts/fades. After that initial edit, it’s stereo all the way.

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+1 for this.

Really annoying importing a bunch of audio files from a client and the mono clips are configured as mono tracks and then the audio is locked to that. Not being able to just click the button and switch up the configuration on the fly creates a hurdle in my workflow.
Logic and Studio One and Reaper don’t have this hurdle, it honestly makes me consider switching to one of those DAWs when doing mixing jobs for clients

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Steinberg, I think it’s time to do something :sweat_smile:

I second that. A feature to easily switch from mono to stereo and vice versa is much needed.

My guess is that it will most probably be added when the audio engine will be reworked (gapless audio engine). According to posts and feature request polls from official Steinberg representatives, it really is on top of the list.

…a long time ago in a galaxy far far away… :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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Exactly what we wanted many years later :laughing:

Lol, this really was working Cubase decades ago, but it does not now?