Frequently Asked Questions


General Questions

StereoMonoizer is essentially a time saving tool. Sure you could do all of this manually, but in order to do everything StereoMonoizer does in 1 minute would take close to an hour for most moderate to large sessions. StereoMonoizer does several things automatically, that would require time and guesswork if you did it yourself.

First, it analyzes the entire audio file for stereo content. If you manually checked your files, you would probably spot check them, listening to short segments. But what if an audio file is mono at the point you listened to it, but switches to stereo in a different part of the file? In this case you would miss the stereo content.

Next, StereoMonoizer automatically converts the files for you, in a fraction of the time it would take if you were splitting them manually in your DAW or another application.

Finally, StereoMonoizer renames the converted files, removing the .L or .R extension that is typically added by file conversion utilities. This keeps the track naming in your session cleaner and easier to read.

Definitely not. StereoMonoizer is so much more than a batch processor. It does include a batch processor as part of its operation, but there is a whole lot more involved before it gets to that point.

At the heart of StereoMonoizer is its detection algorithm, which analyzes your audio files to determine their stereo content. A simple batch processor would require you to actually tell it what files to convert, but StereoMonoizer does all this for you. It will show you a list of your files along with the stereo content of each, and will let you know which files need to be converted to mono.

The demo is a fully functional version of the software, with no restrictions. You can analyze and process any number of files, just like the full version. There is a 14 day demo period, after which time the software will not import or process any files. At any time during the demo period, you can purchase the software by clicking the link at the bottom of the window.
We offer a 14-day fully functioning demo period to try out the software. We suggest you try it before you buy, therefore we cannot offer any refunds once the product has been purchased.
When you purchase the software, you will receive an email including a License Key. Go to the StereoMonoizer menu in the software and click on Product Registration. Enter your email address and license key, and click Activate License. You can also use the same procedure to deactivate a license. Depending on the version you purchase, you can have either one or two active licenses running at a time. If you purchase the dual license version, you would have an activation for an engineer and assistant to both use the software, for example.

Technical Questions

StereoMonoizer works with WAV and AIFF files, not with session files. As a result, it will work with any DAW that supports WAV and AIFF audio files (in other words, all of them).
StereoMonoizer supports mono and stereo WAV and AIFF files, in all sample rates and bit depths.
There are three basic ways to import audio files into StereoMonoizer. The simplest way is to drag audio files directly into the user interface. Next, you can use the + button to add files or folders. Finally, you can also drag audio files onto the icon in the dock.
First, import some files into StereoMonoizer. Make sure the “Stereo/Mono Conversion” processing mode is selected, and click the “Analyze” button to begin the analysis. The results will populate in the file list, indicating the source file format (in the Source File Info column) as well as the suggested output format (in the Stereo/Mono Conversion column).
Yes. After you run an analysis, you will see the results in the “Stereo/Mono Conversion” column. This is the format that will be output if you click Process. If you would like to change these results manually, click the arrows next to the conversion you would like to change. You will see a list of available options.
Once the analysis has been completed and you are happy with the results in the Stereo/Mono Conversion column, simply click the Process button to begin the conversion process.
Pan Depth Compensation is a specific case, for when you receive files that have been premixed and it is necessary to retain the relative levels of the files.

Depending on your DAW, there are different pan depths available. For example in Pro Tools, your session can be at any of 4 pan depths: -2.5db, -3db, -4.5db or -6db. When you convert a stereo track to a mono track, if you don’t compensate for this pan depth, the resulting mono sound would be lower in volume by the amount that your pan depth is set.

So for example if your session uses a -3db pan depth, a mono sound would be 3db lower than the same sound, if it was played back on a stereo track. In order to compensate for this, you can use Pan Depth Compensation in StereoMonoizer to raise the converted mono tracks, compensating for the pan depth setting.

There are two different output modes. Overwrite Files will replace the stereo files that contain mono audio with true mono files. If you are using this mode and would like to keep your original files, you can also select Create Backup. This will create a new folder called StereoMonoizer Source Files within the source folder, and copy the original files.

The other mode is Choose Output Folder. This mode will leave your original files completely untouched, and will place the new mono files in a folder of your choosing.

OS X 10.7 or above is required for the Mac version.

Windows 7 or 8 is required for the PC version.


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