OK, I looked back through some old threads to see how I can improve the workflow. Didn’t help all that much, in part because I had some strange behaviors, and I couldn’t really tell what was expected and what was not, since I’m clearly not getting exactly how WL9’s M/S fits with my needs (which I feel are pretty straightforward).
What I have:
1-ch mid audio file
1-ch side audio file
I don’t need to do anything terribly unconventional-- editing/fades, maybe some envelopes, adjust M & S levels, EQ (in M/S), reverb (in L/R).
The M/S Montage template is split-mono. This seems like how I got into trouble last time, and indeed it doesn’t seem to behave as I need (fades/edits/moving doesn’t apply across both M and S tracks). Also, rendering is still impossible without renaming every single clip (!).
So, I should not use the M/S template, but use M/S files in a non-split montage?
And, when doing that, the clip/track/output fader control is useless, right? Because it doesn’t allow M/S channel selection, like the plug-ins do?