Hi! I'm a bit confused on mono recording vs. stereo recording.
The books I've read (and comments from those here on this forum) have stated that most instruments and vocals are mono signals, mono recordings, mono tracks in your project, etc. They have said that if you choose to record a track in your software program (I have Cubase LE), even if you choose to record a stereo track, it might say that but it really is still a mono track.
OK, maybe that's true. I understand that the mono tracks will always appear to sound in the center of the stereo field. In order to take advantage of panning, automation, sending effects to different spots in the stereo field, you have to have to have your individual tracks in stereo to do these things (am I still on target here?).
Then HOW do you change your mono tracks your record to stereo tracks if they are recorded as mono to begin with? What commands do you use to do this?? Obviously, you want every track to be stereo in order to do things like panning.
Do you need to bounce every mono track individually to a new track (or two separate blank tracks) in your program to convert mono to stereo? If so, do you bounce to two separate tracks that you pan separately for your mix? Or do you bounce to only one new track? I'm confused. I have been told that when you have a stereo track, that one track is really two tracks combined into one: each CHANNEL (left and right) are the separate tracks within the one track.
If I'm on target here, then how do you change a mono track to fill up both channels in a single track? I never see two channels when I look at a track in Cubase: it just appears as one track (where do you see the separate channels to visualize this??).
I just need specifics on how to make a mono track a stereo track. What commands do I use in my software program? I know there is an option to choose that when you do your final mixdown to a single, stereo file suitable for a CD. But what about before you mixdown? You want to be able to control each track separately as stereo BEFORE you mixdown, right?
Please help. Why even bother with mono tracks if you end up wanting all tracks to be stereo in the end when you mixdown? Nobody wants to hear a final CD copy of a song in mono, so I don't get it.