[Ardour-Users] Summing up to mono ?

Thomas Vecchione seablaede at gmail.com
Sat Feb 27 07:17:34 PST 2016

For many people, just playing back in mono will show up those issues.  Thus
on the monitor bus in Ardour you have a MONO switch.

Now if you want to be very specific, an external hardware controller is
often used to switch between monitor systems, and some people will use a
single mono, and often intentionally crappy(Meaning not flat response),
monitor speaker, to hear what it will sound like on many systems.  SOme
could argue that mono compatibility is less of an issue than it was, but it
is still a good idea to check.

Often times it can be good to balance your mix in mono, and towards the
end, add stereo panning.  If it sounds good in mono, it can probably sound
great in stereo.


On Sat, Feb 27, 2016 at 10:07 AM, jonetsu at teksavvy.com <jonetsu at teksavvy.com
> wrote:

> Hello,
> The term 'summing up to mono' is seen in audio mixing/mastering
> articles, which basically means to hear your mix in mono, to check out
> what would be the effects of phase cancellation for instance.  I
> presume phase cancellation would be more acute in mono than in a stereo
> field.
> Is it possible to realize this mono summing up in Ardour ?  For
> instance a typical session with say 20 tracks, 4 busses and 1 master
> bus.  Using a 1010LT card, playback 1 and 2 are the default speakers,
> and playback 3 and 4 the headphones.  Would creating a mono bus and
> having sends from all the tracks sent to that mono bus which in turn
> would be assigned to single playback output 5 connected to a single
> speaker, achieve what is meant in those articles ?
> Cheers.
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