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Stereo vs Mono Sound Quality
« on: November 02, 2016, 09:27:16 pm »
Disclaimer: When I produce, I mix as I go.

Sometimes I have a clean sound on Stereo and when I change to Mono it sounds the same. Perfect. However, on some tracks when I change to Mono they don't sound as good. Flat and dull or not as bright.

Obviously there is something I'm doing wrong, but I can't figure it out. I tend to use reverb on all productions on various tracks. I don't usually do any extreme panning L to R except for on some drum parts. I have also looked at previous tracks that sound fine on mono and tried to compare them to the track I'm working on, but can't really see my mistake.

Does anyone have any tips or best practices to find my culprit?
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Re: Stereo vs Mono Sound Quality
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2016, 11:08:00 pm »
tempering your effects for a given perspective is critical in understanding this problem.

If you have a nice full sound with lots of stereo content (ie effects and processing on those particular effects), i wouldn't necessarily expect a whole lot of translation to a new perspective to be as accurate as it was with the initial conditions they are based upon.

Simply being, you changed your reference point to mono. and you have a ton of awesome things in stereo.....

That's like talking about a dank ass apple pie to some one who may not necessarily like apples, pie, or apple pie.

One the other hand, you might not have fully let your ears adjust to the change of view.

Another little tag is that, you also might be fooling yourself with some form of expectation that isn't there. I'd liken this phenomena to drinking vodka, when you think it's water.....

It could be a balancing issue, but i don't think that's the issue here...


aside from that, it'd be wisest to check your mix in mono from time to time. But you need to approach it with an attitude and understanding of what you want things to be (or sound, exist,etc) in that particular reference point.

It's an opportunity cost, you're experiencing.


That's a more philosophical answer and for pondering....


Do a quick google search as to understanding the science of your problem

"mix sounds good stereo but bad mono"

collect information, analyze, compare, conclude.
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Re: Stereo vs Mono Sound Quality
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2016, 05:09:44 pm »
Thanks for the input. I think you may be right about the ears. I took a day off and came back to it. Its not as far off as I originally thought. At first they sounded so different, but with fresh ears it wasn't so bad. I also EQ'd a little more to take out certain freqs which seemed to have helped.
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Re: Stereo vs Mono Sound Quality
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2016, 01:09:08 pm »
Go throw a few of your favorite artists tracks in mono and see how much it affects their sound, and then shoot for that as a goal.  In general your mono compatibility has to be good if you ever want to play live. Look into which effects and panning techniques that you might be using that aren't so mono friendly, and then learn some alternative ways to get that sound. If you really want to push yourself, produce your whole track in mono, and then go back and add the stereo effects at then end, it's like magic.

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Re: Stereo vs Mono Sound Quality
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2016, 05:21:12 pm »
Thanks Alek. I will do that today. I've reference tracks before but never changed them to mono. I'm slacking. smh.
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