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John Stanowski
Newbie question: Mono???
on Aug 8, 2008 at 1:21:58 am

Does anything ever get broadcast in mono? I've been editing commercials for SD broadcast for the past year and just took on editing a small series for a cable channel. It's going to be broadcast in HD. Note: the station doesn't seem to have their act together as it was, and still is, a chore to get their broadcast requirements.

Anyway, I just received the footage today and apparently a shotgun mic was used. The left channel is filled with audio and the right channel apparently picked up stuff from the side, mostly ambiance and occasional peaks from the left channel stuff. Anyway, I was stunned. Then I was told most shotgun mics are mono. Is that true?

Doesn't anything ever get broadcast in mono?

One of the cable station's requirements was something about keeping all voice, sfx and music the same on both tracks!

Can anyone help me understand this?

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Joey Burnham
Re: Newbie question: Mono???
on Aug 8, 2008 at 10:44:38 pm

Hi John,
Mono would still be broadcast if a stereo mix was not available. My audio engineer here will "fake" a stereo from a mono with plugins in protools if absolutely necessary.
Broadcast these days is generally 2 channel stereo or 5.1 for the HD channels.
You should be safe if you just double up the good track and fake a stereo. You really don't have any other options it seems.

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