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TO RECORD IN MONO OR STEREO?

February 17, 2019

BY CJ JACOBSON

Have you ever wondered if you should be recording in stereo or mono? I'll make this as simple as possible for you to understand.

Lets go over something first. There is a myth that you need stereo tracks to have a mix in stereo. This is FALSE! Most tracks recorded are mono and you can have a song with all mono tracks and have your mix in stereo. Panning techniques and the use of reverbs (series of very short delays) is what makes a mix in stereo. This will enable you to place each track in its own stereo image filed, like back left, back right, front center, back center, front left, front right, mid center, mid right, mid left and so on.


OK, now that oi got that out f the way, i can discuss if you should record in mono or stereo.

  • Vocals - recorded with a mic is a mono instrument and should be recorded onto a mono track
  • Bass guitar - is a mono instrument and should be recorded onto a mono track
  • 2 drum overhead mics - Well each mic is mono, so you should record each mic onto its own mono track and not onto a single stereo track. Why you ask, because yo will have more control over the 2 mono tracks and dealing with phase issues will be way easier with 2 mono tracks.
  • Hardware Synths - with left and right outputs should be recorded onto a single stereo track. This is one of the only instruments i would record on a single stereo track
  • Acoustic guitar - using 2 or more microphones. Each mic should be recorded onto its own mono track


I think you get what i am trying to convey here and if you have any questions, please hit me up.


CJ Jacobson