If you have ever spent hours on end preparing audio files for a mix, StereoMonoizer is about to become your new best friend. For the first time ever, you can automatically analyze audio files, determine their stereo content, and convert to the correct format, before you import into your DAW. That way, you can get a lot more out of your mix system. Drastically cut your CPU usage, use fewer voices, take up less space on your hard drive, and have better session organization. StereoMonoizer makes all of this possible, and more.
If time really is money, you can’t afford not to own StereoMonoizer
is a simple, easy to use utility that quickly and easily determines whether your audio files are true stereo, or “mono in stereo” (mono sounds embedded in a stereo file).
Why is this important?
There are several reasons. If a sound is mono, ideally you want it on a mono track in your session, so that it will utilize only one voice in your DAW. When you record a mono source such as a vocal, you record it to a mono track. So why would you do things differently when you’re importing files from another source?
A mono track uses one voice. It takes up a certain amount of hard drive space. And, when you add plugins to a mono track, they require a certain amount of CPU.
Stereo files do all of that as well, but they use twice as much.
So if a file contains a true stereo sound (such as drum overheads, stereo synth, strings, or blended background vocals), you definitely want them on a stereo track. But for mono sounds, using a stereo track is simply a waste of resources.
So how do you fix this?
In order to do it properly, your mix session preparation can be a laborious, time consuming process. You have to:
1. Listen to each sound, and determine by ear (or through a phase meter) whether the sound is mono or stereo.
2. If it is mono, you have to use some utility to split the file into two mono files.
3. Next you have to delete the original stereo file and one of the mono files.
4. And finally you have to rename the resulting mono file and remove the .L or .R from the file name.
Rinse and repeat for every file in your session, and hope you don’t make a mistake in determining whether a sound is mono or stereo. Depending on the number of tracks in your session, and your level of patience, this could take an hour or more per song. Finally, after doing all this, you will have a set of files that are ready to be imported into your DAW to mix.
This is where StereoMonoizer comes in
It will quickly and efficiently analyze your audio files for you, and identify which are true stereo, and which are mono sounds embedded in a stereo file. When it finds “mono in stereo” files, it will give you the option to convert them to true mono files. For an average sized session, it can do all of this in under a minute. That saves you all that extra time to get down to the business of mixing, rather than wasting time with boring file manipulation and mix preparation. If time really is money, then you can’t afford not to own StereoMonoizer.
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