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Rich Hanes
How To Make Mono Tracks Into Stereo Using Audacity
on Feb 7, 2016 at 4:39:35 pm

I am sure you are all familiar with the software Audacity. While I was fiddling about with it one day, I discovered this little trick that makes otherwise flat-sounding mono-tracks sound like stereo. I think it might interest you?





I have been using this trick to bring the soundtracks of many old DOS games to have a fuller, livelier experience that they may not have had before. What do you think?

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Peter Groom
Re: How To Make Mono Tracks Into Stereo Using Audacity
on Feb 8, 2016 at 11:06:03 am

Well what I think is.
Big mistake!
The creator of this video clearly doesnt know the 1st thing about sound mixing.
By creating a "tiny" offset left to right you potentially change the phase relationship which when monod up could result in phase cancellation. Its just a bad idea.
If you slip a bit more. all you get is chaos and echo.
Peter

Post Production Dubbing Mixer


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Mark Spano
Re: How To Make Mono Tracks Into Stereo Using Audacity
on Feb 9, 2016 at 10:27:02 pm

Look, nothing's really "wrong" with doing this. There's always a possibility that this is not a good idea, sure, but for a quick effect, it can pass. However, there could be some issues here, if the offset is close enough, and mono compatibility is a concern.

The most hilarious examples of innovation in history occurred when someone was told "you can't do that". Experimentation in this and any field should be encouraged, with regard to the potential pitfalls.



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Peter Groom
Re: How To Make Mono Tracks Into Stereo Using Audacity
on Feb 10, 2016 at 1:10:55 pm

I think my point is that if you thing that this is "cool" "inspiring" "a break through" etc etc then youre probably not going to have enough knowledge to understand what the pitfalls could be. Then there'll be a new thread on Creative cow, reading something like this.

I made my soundtrack and it sounds great in my computer, its sounds great on air , but my client is furious because he says that hes seen it on tv 6 times now, and there is NO sound . He has spent £20000 on the airtime and wants to know what the hell Im playing at, and wants me to refund him the airtime cost! Help?

Best not eh!
Peter

Post Production Dubbing Mixer


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