No matter the style of music, the tracks in your Logic Projects are likely going to fall into 2 track types:
Mono or Stereo.
(Of course, folks in film or gaming might disagree. And while there’s plenty to explore in Surround and Binaural mixing, we’ll leave those for another day).
The differences between Mono and Stereo tracks are pretty straightforward.
Mono tracks are a signal channel that encapsulates all your track’s audio. We often hear Mono tracks from a single place in our mixes, usually straight down the center.
When we pan, we pan the entire mono signal from left to right.
While Stereo tracks are made up of two distinct channels. A left and a right channel.
Stereo tracks offer many more possibilities for panning and processing our tracks. And one single Stereo track can span the entire stereo field from left to right.
There are reasons to use both Mono and Stereo Tracks. And I’ll leave that decision to you.
But the big question is how can you change a Mono Track to Stereo? Or Stereo to Mono?
What about Software Instrument tracks? Can you change their orientation as well?
And what about when a track looks like it’s in Stereo, but sounds like it’s in Mono? What then?
Logic Pro’s mixer is incredibly versatile. You can literally change the mono/stereo orientation of a track on a plugin-by-plugin basis.
Even if a track starts out as a Stereo Track, you can:
- Flip it to Mono with the first plugin.
- Flip it back to Stereo with the second plugin.
- And then choose a Dual Mono instance for your third plugin.
So today I’d like to walk you through the complex and exciting stereo workflows of the Logic mixer.
If you’ve been wondering these questions for a while, wonder no more.