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Old 05-30-2024, 12:50 AM   #1
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Default Splitting or converting stereo vocal tracks to mono

I need some help and clarification.
Is it better to split stereo vocal tracks into 2 mono tracks
or convert the tracks into a single mono track for processing or doubling?
Which do you do and why?
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Old 05-30-2024, 06:27 AM   #2
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What sort of stereo vocal track are you talking about.

If a vocal is recorded with a single mono mic then it's a mono vocal.
It may be supplied as one or two channels in which case you can lose a channel if you prefer but for most things it won't make any difference.

If it's actually a stereo track....recorded with two mics or perhaps a mono vocal that is already processed in stereo in some way then it makes sense to leave it that way unless there is something you need to do that specifically requires different process for each channel.
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Old 05-30-2024, 08:19 AM   #3
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Thanx for the reply.
I work with a friend of mine up north he sends me files for me to mix and arrange.
He only uses 1 mic, but many of the vocal tracks he sends me are shown as stereo when I open them in Reaper.
And, sometimes one side will be a bit louder than the other.
Should I split them into 2 separate mono tracks or can I combine them into a mono track?
thanx again
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Old 05-30-2024, 08:28 AM   #4
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can I combine them into a mono track?
thanx again
Yes, that's what I'd do. Double click the item to bring up the Media Item Properties:

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Weird that one side is sometimes louder than the other. He must be doing something other than straight recording to get that happen....maybe he's processing them as well in which case watch out for any actual stereo width he's added.

I always used these actions with a key command.

Actions/Item Properties: Set take channel mode to mono (left)
Actions/Item Properties: Set take channel mode to mono (right)

Specifically for tidying up mono recordings made on 2 channels.

Combining will be fine in 99.9999% of cases unless they did something weird and lost phase coherence between the two channels.
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Old 05-30-2024, 09:12 AM   #6
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If your cohort is creating stereo fx/processing from their originally mono recorded vocal, discuss that with them if it's not working as they intended or is causing a problem.

If it's a case of some one delivering a mono recording as dual mono in a stereo container (with literally identical channels), verify that with a quick null test and then instruct them to not do that anymore because it wastes time having to verify if there's intentional stereo in there or not. (Default settings can lead to this unintentionally. You're expected to mind the controls with that.)

If there are intentional stereo fx or processing, I might request to deliver the raw vocal and the stereo stem separately. (Or render the stereo fx track separately if possible.) Just to have mix options at hand.
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