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Old 01-28-2023, 04:53 AM
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Someone told me always use VI as stereo instrument track. Reason is you would get more options later in mixing. My question is if you have many VI in stereo is to good to say pan the VI L & R channel to same position ot does it build up to much volume or freq? Another question is would it be better to bound down to mono summed or multiple mono and delete one track? I did try bouncing down some VIs to mono summed and it seems like it changed the sound. Curious of any tips..
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Old 01-28-2023, 06:57 AM
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Someone told me always use VI as stereo instrument track. Reason is you would get more options later in mixing. My question is if you have many VI in stereo is to good to say pan the VI L & R channel to same position ot does it build up to much volume or freq? Another question is would it be better to bound down to mono summed or multiple mono and delete one track? I did try bouncing down some VIs to mono summed and it seems like it changed the sound. Curious of any tips..
I think you are over-thinking this. Some VIs can be mono, but most are stereo only. Yes, if you want it to be mono, center left and right, and bounce if you want. If nothing is wrong, it should sound just fine. You can record it to a mono audio track if you want. Stereo VIs act no differently from stereo audio tracks. Just get on with it. No offence.
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There are two types of stereo instruments.

First, true stereo which for example emulate orchestra. Flute is there in the stereo image where it usually sits in a real orchestra. This I would let be wide open and if necessary modify the stereo placement within the instrument (if possible).

Second, stereo instruments that do some widening or other modulation to be stereo. This you should treat just like a regular reverb. For example instead of wide open, place one instrument to full left - dead center and another instrument dead center - full right.
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I also always(?) keep VI's as stereo tracks, but don't always pan hard left/right. Just my 2 cents; I consider my stereo field(what I hear from my stereo monitors) as a virtual stage. So, as an example, a grand piano does not take up the entire stage, so I might pan it 10 and 2 o'clock, or I might push it off to one side as in 11 o'clock and 5 o'clock. Of course, there are no rules here, only ideas
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Thanks for the replies some things to think about and yeah over thinking is what I do LOL
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Here is another question from my over thinking mind if you are to bounce a stereo VI to make it mono does it matter if you center bot pans or npot?
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Someone told me always ...
Be careful of the absolute. Is this person the Omnipotent?

Regarding the stereo / mono!
  • What is the source?
  • How many mics used?
  • How was is mixed to get the VI?
  • What options are in the VI for mixing?
  • What are you trying to achieve?
  • What type speakers are most listening of the intended audience listening to [one/two/multiple(s)]?

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As for bouncing or committing, I would bounce/commit as stereo and treat the pan knobs the same as on the instrument track. That way, if later on you change your mind, you aren't stuck with a mono track
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As for bouncing or committing, I would bounce/commit as stereo and treat the pan knobs the same as on the instrument track. That way, if later on you change your mind, you aren't stuck with a mono track

Yes, exactly. You can always split a stereo audio track to 2 mono tracks later if you just want it mono (for a bass, say).
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This is kind of a way of asking "How do I mix?"

No offense intended, it's just a very broad topic. Not every source needs to be stereo.

The best thing you could do IMO - once you arrive at a sound you like in your VI, create a mono duplicate. Compare the two and see if there is anything that makes you like the stereo version more. If so, follow above advice about not always panning full left and right. Play with it.

Some synth sounds have stereo modulation that really compliments. Others just have some sort of chorus or reverb creating a stereo image that may or may not be necessary or that you can do outside the VI.

Orchestral VI's are a whole different beast but it again depends if we're talking a section or a solo instrument.

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