Converting A Stereo Track Into A Mono Track

Discussion in '2488 and DP-24/32 Digital Portastudios' started by Micki, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. Micki

    Micki New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2018
    Messages:
    33
    Likes:
    11
    Is it possible to convert a stereo track into a mono track on the dp-24?

    There are a few instances where I'd occassionally like to do this. However, my current reason for wanting to convert a stereo track into a mono track, is for the purpose of remastering a previously finished dp-24 session project that I'm happy with yet would like to create alternative versions of, and do so as a mono track. Furthermore, I'd like to distribute it as a mono recording because it'll translate better on certain kinds of playback systems that are currently most popular.

    I'd like to import a completed song master wav file back into the dp-24 and into a regular multitrack track, and then remaster it using either my external mixer or my dp-24 and while in multitrack mode, and then export it into the audio depot, move it onto my computer, and then either further process it there or just use it for distribution.

    If it's possible to import a master wav file back into the dp-24 and then convert into a mono track let me know please. Thanks everyone!
    -mjk- likes this.
  2. -mjk-

    -mjk- Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2018
    Messages:
    246
    Likes:
    113
    From:
    Hukou Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan
    Gear:
    DP-32, | 2A Mixer, A3440
    Micki,

    When you export a stereo track, it becomes 2 mono tracks, L and R. You can import them onto individual mono tracks and pan them center and mix them as mono.
    Mark Richards and Micki like this.
  3. Micki

    Micki New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2018
    Messages:
    33
    Likes:
    11
    Quick question though which I think I kind of already know the answer to yet would like confirmation if you can: Can I bounce those two mono tracks together into a single mono track? I'd like to do that if possible without it causing any kind of problems regarding the quality.
    -mjk- likes this.
  4. -mjk-

    -mjk- Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2018
    Messages:
    246
    Likes:
    113
    From:
    Hukou Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan
    Gear:
    DP-32, | 2A Mixer, A3440
    Micki, you sure can! Use the Mixer screen and pan them dead center.

    Have no fear, it's all in the digital domain and there is no degradation whatsoever.
    Micki likes this.
  5. Mark Richards

    Mark Richards Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2017
    Messages:
    199
    Likes:
    160
    From:
    Southern USA
    Gear:
    DP-24, vintage 40-4
    The only caveat is to watch for undesired phase issues if the mono recording started out in stereo.
    Micki and -mjk- like this.
  6. -mjk-

    -mjk- Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2018
    Messages:
    246
    Likes:
    113
    From:
    Hukou Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan
    Gear:
    DP-32, | 2A Mixer, A3440
    I agree with Mark, Micki. But if you are using a file exported from the DP, it should be good.
    Mark Richards and Micki like this.