I wrote this on another thread so first off; I’m sure you’re going to cyber-kill me for mailing this but at least give me an opportunity to explain. Think about this mail loooong and hard!
OK, here’s something fundamental for you all to think about. Try to have an open mind and not just thinking out of how you are used to all the things in Cubase. The following might sound all strange to you but I’ll try to explain. Please correct me if you have any contrary opinions:
I started using PC as a DAW with a piece of software called SAWPro. I never even tried out other DAWs back then in the 90’s. Just didn’t even know about them at all. But anyway: SAWPro did NOT separate between MONO and STEREO tracks to begin with. Sounds strange? Well read on, I don’t think that’s strange at all:
It basically had a switch for with which format you want to record (mono or stereo) and the SAWPro would then just add the events (called ‘regions’ in SAWPro) on the track by which format there are. The audio track is JUST an audio track and the audio file itself would determine how it should be played back (or handled).
So when I jumped into this cracked Nuendo 3 (sorry Steiny, I now got Cubase 6 however ), I immediately started to wonder about having to separate between MONO and STEREO audio tracks. Why should we have those to be separate at all? Do I really have to record to a separate track if I want to record as stereo? I mean, why not just set that from the Transport panel. I click STEREO and then it would record as stereo - and one audio track could have events, some MONO and some STEREO. So an Audio Track would be just a container for MONO AND STEREO audio events. No separation. Simple!
And don’t just think like “oh noooo” without thinking about this for half a minute.
The weird thing is, that you CAN mix the mono and stereo tracks in Cubase already; just record with a MONO track and then move the MONO audio event onto STEREO track and it WILL REMAIN MONO and show up as like. But I guess when you’d move a STEREO audio event onto a MONO tracks it would be played back as MONO. But why, why why???
I really can’t understand the meaning of this separation, fundamentally. I do however understand that FX tracks and Group tracks have to be either way. Yeah, I know, I’m pretty sure that someone out there shuts me up with some very good point. But the truth is, I never had anything that I couldn’t do with this tiny 2MB size software called SAWPro because it didn’t have separately formatted MONO/STEREO audio tracks. That’s why it was kind of a surprise to me finding them from Nuendo/Cubase.
And if someone yet couldn’t understand this… I’m trying to explain that the tracks can be simultaneously MONO or STEREO - only determined by the audio material ITSELF. OK?
EDIT: Please write here a scenario, explaining the situation where it would be absolutely necessary to have separately formatted MONO / STEREO audio tracks, and then I’ll shut up on the issue.