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Old 01-12-2008, 05:59 PM
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I finally got my new setup going, using both the s/pdif ports. Strings/piano need 2 be stereo, could I just record a mono track and dupicate and pan it the opposite way 2 get that stereo ambience, or do I need 2 inputs going into the digi002? I'm using the 2 input method now but would like 2 use that extra input for another instrument if I can just copy a mono track 2 make it stereo.
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Old 01-12-2008, 06:13 PM
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you could but all your really doing is making mono

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Old 01-12-2008, 06:56 PM
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make a stereo pair, that way you have a true stereo tracks
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Old 01-13-2008, 03:43 AM
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If you want stereo ambience you might consider creating a send to a stereo aux loaded with a reverb plug.

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Old 01-13-2008, 08:12 AM
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Thanks. I will create a send 2 a stereo aux. That way I can use the extra line for a lead guiar
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Old 01-13-2008, 01:25 PM
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Just want to point out that " Strings/piano need 2 be stereo" is a subjective artistic choice, not a rule.

A book I used to have called the Mixing Engineers Handbook had lots of advice, but 1 of the things that stuck was that the stereo output from keyboards/sound modules/synths etc. ended up sounding boring if it is all recorded in hard L/R stereo. Often, the sound sample being used is just being treated with some low quality built in effect (chorus,reverb, whatever) to achieve "stereo". You leave yourself more mixing options by having a bunch of mono tracks instead of stereo tracks, not to mention you are saving available track usage.

Imagine trying to present the sound of a string quartet to a user that is standing pretty close to the action. If you had 4 stereo tracks then you wouldn't be able to distinguish where the individual instruments are in the stereo field. With mono tracks you can pan then appropriately and then use a send on each track going to a stereo reverb to tie them all back together in a simulated room/space.
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