Old 05-18-2019, 12:32 PM   #1
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Hi all, I'm evaluating Reaper not just for recording but also for live mixing.
My connections are quite simple: a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 interface (2 inputs); an acoustic guitar plugged to input 1 and a mic plugged to input 2.
I've created two tracks in my project: track 1 has input 1 (guitar) as the source and track 2 has input 2 (mic) as the source.
I've configured a different effects chain for each track, enabled the input monitoring feature to hear the "wet" mix for both tracks, and armed the tracks for recording.
By doing so, I can hear my guitar on the left channel (with the appropriate effects applied) and my voice on the right channel (ditto).
What I would like to accomplish is to hear both the guitar and the voice at the center of the stereo spectrum.
In other words, I want to treat the two inputs (guitar and mic) as two mono inputs, as opposite to input L and input R.
I then want to apply the effects to these mono (centered) inputs; each fx chain to its appropriate channel/insrument. The result would be an "almost stereo" mix where the instruments can be heard at the center of the stereo image but the effects (reverb, delay, chorus) would be stereo.
Easy on paper, but I haven't been able to figure out how to.
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Old 05-18-2019, 02:52 PM   #2
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If you add a track and feed it a mono input the signal will be centred.

Maybe you're selecting a stereo input for the track.
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:26 PM   #3
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If you haven't already, double-check the Direct Monitor settings on the front of the Scarlett.
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Old 05-19-2019, 01:26 AM   #4
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I *think* I have set up both tracks for a mono input (I've selected "Input => Mono => Left (or Right)" as the input source for each track.
As for the physical switch on the front of the Scarlett: I don't want to switch it to mono because if I do so *all* the output will be mono; I don't want a mono output, I want a stereo output.
The two inputs (guitar and mic) are inherently mono, but the effects I apply to them (reverb, delay/pan, chorus etc.) are stereo and it makes a world of difference, expecially in the headphones, to hear them in stereo.
I just want the guitar and voice to sound centered.
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Old 05-19-2019, 01:37 AM   #5
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I *think* I have set up both tracks for a mono input (I've selected "Input => Mono => Left (or Right)" as the input source for each track.
Hmmm... could you post a screenshot? It should just say input > mono > input 1 or input 2, not left or right.
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Old 05-19-2019, 02:31 AM   #6
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I don't want to switch it to mono because if I do so *all* the output will be mono;.
No it won't. The Switch is for the direct monitoring of inputs only....nothing to do with playback or recording.
But as you are monitoring "wet" with FX you should have the direct monitor knob turned all the way to playback side in which case this switch will have no effect at all.
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Old 05-20-2019, 12:14 AM   #7
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Judders is right, it's not "input L/R", it's "input 1/2".
Stella645: my aim is to direct monitor in stereo (I'm using Reaper as a makeshift "live" rig). Recording and playing back in stereo is a plus (I usually work one track at a time when I'm recording).
So yes, I need a "wet" stereo direct monitor, with the two inputs at the center of the stereo image.
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:10 AM   #8
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Stella645: my aim is to direct monitor in stereo (I'm using Reaper as a makeshift "live" rig). Recording and playing back in stereo is a plus (I usually work one track at a time when I'm recording).
So yes, I need a "wet" stereo direct monitor, with the two inputs at the center of the stereo image.
If you want direct monitored dry signal and stereo fx, just switch it mono on the direct monitor.
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Old 05-23-2019, 12:24 AM   #9
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If you mean the physical switch on the front of the Scarlett, no, as I said, it turns the headphone signal to mono. Not just the direct inputs; everything becomes mono. That is not what I want. I am looking for a solution in Reaper, not on the soundcard.
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It should be working as you want. Could you upload the .RPP file, without any of the recorded audio (Uncheck the boxes when you "save as...")?
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If you mean the physical switch on the front of the Scarlett, no, as I said, it turns the headphone signal to mono. Not just the direct inputs; everything becomes mono. That is not what I want. I am looking for a solution in Reaper, not on the soundcard.
But direct monitor is not going through Reaper so this is impossible.

If the mono switch definitely monos everything then your only choice is to disable direct monitor and monitor everything through Reaper (but you will have some latency to contend with).
Or you buy an interface that has pannable direct monitoring.
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Old 05-25-2019, 09:29 PM   #12
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why not put both tracks in a folder
put all FX that you want on the mix on the folder
put whatever FX that are ONLY for a gtr on that track and same for the VOX track
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