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Colin Noonan
STEREO/MONO issues when exporting in Final Cut Pro X?
on Feb 28, 2014 at 2:41:34 am

So after importing syncing audio separately into Final Cut Pro X then exporting to Vimeo, listening on stereo devices or speakers sounds great. Mono, however (MacBook, iPhone, etc) sounds terrible. Audio is flat and barely has any volume. I've had to fix it by what feels like a poor-man's version and change it to dual mono then mute one of the channels.

I'm recording separately on a Zoom H4N using an external shotgun mic. Am I missing any settings when I record, or is it a specific setting that needs to be changed in FCPX?

Any help is appreciated! Thanks

Colin


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John Fishback
Re: STEREO/MONO issues when exporting in Final Cut Pro X?
on Feb 28, 2014 at 3:22:06 pm

This sounds like your 2 tracks are out of phase with each other. That leads to major cancellation especially in the lower frequencies. I don't remember if there's a way to reverse phase in Soundtrack Pro or FCP. Consoles and many audio plugins have phase reversal switches. If you can't find that, and need more gain, copy one of the tracks and paste it back into the sequence. If it works with just the one track, you're good to go. This is why mic placement is so critical. Read this article about the Rule of 3s and phase cancellation if you want a more detailed explanation.

John

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