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3M = Monophonic Mix Monitoring

Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:36 pm
by warhenk@yahoo.com
Hi folks! First post. Loving the MC trial, pretty sure I'm committed to purchase, I like it more than Reaper. Is there a simple way to toggle the mix monitoring from stereo to mono in real-time? Thanks!

Re: 3M = Monophonic Mix Monitoring

Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:42 pm
by Acoustica Greg
Hi,

No, but if you're using an audio interface, it might have an option to do that?

Greg

Re: 3M = Monophonic Mix Monitoring

Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:34 pm
by warhenk@yahoo.com
Thank you Greg. Is there a way to submit feature suggestions to the development team? This is a critical option for checking the stereo image during mixing. You want to be able to toggle between mono and stereo. Even the primitive PG Music RealBand DAW has this. Thanks!

Re: 3M = Monophonic Mix Monitoring

Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:00 pm
by jlouvar
warhenk@yahoo.com wrote:Thank you Greg. Is there a way to submit feature suggestions to the development team?


Yes, checkout this thread.
http://forums.acoustica.com/bbs/viewtop ... =4&t=18343

Re: 3M = Monophonic Mix Monitoring

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:37 am
by Mark Bliss
Hi Warren,

No disagreement, the lack of a simple mono toggle function on the master bus is an oversight imo. Any mixer should have that.

As a workaround, I have simply used a plug-in on the master bus that offers that function.

Re: 3M = Monophonic Mix Monitoring

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:56 am
by warhenk@yahoo.com
Mark, I looked at some plugins online but didn't find a simple (and preferably free!) looking one. Any thoughts? Let's get this simple function added soon. Thanks Mark!

Re: 3M = Monophonic Mix Monitoring

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:11 pm
by Mark Bliss
One I could recommend is the free A1 stereo ( by Alex Hilton)
(You'll have to Google it, sorry. I'd post a link but its a pita on my tablet.)

It has a big 'ol mono button, and to be honest, thats all I use it for the vast majority of the time.
The plug-in does have a "bass safe" function i do use occasionally, to collapse low freq content to mono below a selected frequency.
The stereo spread function works ok relative to other examples, but I am always wary of stereo spread enhancements. A little may be OK, but.....

All said, the mono button is a great utility, and its free 8)

Re: 3M = Monophonic Mix Monitoring

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 5:17 pm
by warhenk@yahoo.com
Thanks Mark! A big ol' button I can handle. ;>) Sorry to be a noobie dunce, but how would you put this on the master out to hear the entire mix in mono? I tried it on an individual stereo track, and it works great but not sure where to place it. Thanks all!

Re: 3M = Monophonic Mix Monitoring

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:17 am
by comedians
Hi Warren
Place it as last effect on the FX of the Master.
You will see that below the low Eq knob on the Main Mix (master) fader on the Mixer or
the last button to the right of the BPM, Key and horizontal output meter on the control bar.

As Mark says it's all you need.

Re: 3M = Monophonic Mix Monitoring

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:20 am
by Mark Bliss
Backing up for clarification- If using simply as a mono toggle function while mixing or to ck. mono compatibility, I would have it placed on the master bus.
If I were using other functions, such as the previously mentioned "safe bass" I would likely insert it on a track or sub-mix bus.

For mixing, I often have three basic utilities inserted on my master, adding frequency spectrum analysis and more detailed level metering.

MASTER BUS INSERT:

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MONO BUTTON:

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Everyone's needs and preferences vary, This but one recommendation because it is simple and free.
There are many other stereo or Mid/Side processors that could be used to accomplish the mono toggle for example, and there's many options for metering etc. as well. You kind of have to explore a bit and see what suites you personally IMO. For example there are spectrum analyzers built into many parametric equalizers, and many metering options with various features. Those shown are but a few options, yet come well recommended as a starting point. 8)

Re: 3M = Monophonic Mix Monitoring

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:35 am
by Mark Bliss
Oh and BTW, you aren't a "newbe dunce" you are asking good questions and we all learn together here.

Its good to see a new forum member who is interested in recording/mixing. Welcome! 8)

Re: 3M = Monophonic Mix Monitoring

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:39 am
by warhenk@yahoo.com
Thanks Mark, I appreciate that. In truth, I'm an extremely fast learner, and as part of my day job, I document how to use software for others. So, it's always slightly uncomfortable to not be able to figure something basic out! But as you intimate, yourself, this forum, and similar user groups are filled with very generous and kind people with the heart of a teacher, which I myself have. So, I appreciate the speedy and succinct help very, very much!