Sum To Mono Option On Master Fader

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Campaign: Pro Tools features

to check mixes in mono.

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  1. Comment
    matt ( Idea Submitter )

    Don't waste their time? Okay, so I guess people shouldn't request adc for native systems since it can be done with mellomuse. Nice logic there.

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  2. Comment
    wavelabs

    Signed yes to this.

    Many times I just want to quickly check the mono audio on my mix.

    having a Mono Button on the main section would be great for switching from stereo to Mono and back.

    This is a great idea and should be supported by everyone.

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  3. Comment
    zerobeat

    In Logic they give you a free plugin that does this (and phase reversal etc...). There are 3rd party RTAS plugins that'll do this for ProTools, but I can't find one that does this in the usual freebies that Avid supplies.

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    Community Member

    Of course i can put an S1 with 0 width in and bypass or not. But that´s the point. Its another plugin that takes CPU power, blocks an insert place, and lets the signal run through this effect. A SIMPLE MONO BUTTON IN THE MASTER FADER WILL SOLVE THAT ISSUE.

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  5. Comment
    Phil

    I'd like a button I can click or plugin that I can place on any stereo track which would make that track play as summed mono. This would be great on aux tracks to be able to quickly convert groups of tracks without having to individually make them each mono. It would also be great on a master fader to enable/disable to check mixes in mono. I worked on a film which required sound to turn mono in B&W segments and back to stereo in color segments. Would be great to have been able to automate a 'stereo-to-mono' plug in on and off on a group routed through an aux track.

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    1. Comment
      Avid Moderator

      There are probably dozens of plug-ins available that have a 'mono' sum button in them. Have you looked at available options? Nugen, BX Digital, Sonalksis, Waves, Flux and many others have plug-ins that will do this sort of thing.

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      Phil

      I don't have Waves S1 but in reading the manual, what I see is a $120 plugin which does more than what I'm looking for and to get a mono signal I must use the slider to set the 'width' to 0. I'm prefer to have this as a function on my tracks (just like solo, mute, etc exist as a button) or to be insertable as a plugin with a simple mono button I can click on and off to easily/quickly A/B compare or to automate on/off as needed.

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      Community Member

      The S1 is nearly in every bundle included. You are talking g about mono checking and have no Waves bundle to work with? How is that going?

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      Community Member

      But I know what you mean. I also want a Mono Button in the Master Track section. But of course no plugin for that.

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      Phil

      Just updated to request either a button you can click or a plugin to do the same thing. BTW, no waves bundle and doing fine without it. I've got lots of great plugins, just no waves.

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      Community Member

      All you have to do is route the output of that track to a second bus feeding an aux track with both surround panners up the middle. Keep the aux track muted except for when you are checking your mix, then go back to happy stereo land.

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      Community Member

      if you don't know how to route an output to multiple paths, you hold down ctrl (MAC) when selecting your track output. Pro Tools will keep the existing output and add the second one.

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    ronin1973a

    There are certainly plug-ins that can take care of this feature, but with plug-in real-estate so expensive in ProTools is pretty limited on the amount of plug-ins on a track. It's a shame having to give one up just to sum to mono, invert phase, or look at a spectrum analyzer.

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    Bill Denton

    A Pro Tools track allows for 20 inserts.

    If you are using even half of those you need to turn off your computer and spend a whole bunch of time learning how to use your plugins.

    If you're using more than a couple of EQ's and a couple of dynamics plugs you are doing something really wrong...

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