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Newbie Question - Recording Stereo Signals

Discussion in 'Recording' started by settoburn, Feb 10, 2006.

  1. settoburn

    settoburn Guest

    Hello RO! Anyone know for sure what the right way is to record a stereo signal? Is a stereo input on the recording console a must? Or can I just run the left and right of the strereo signal into two seperate mono channels with each panned accordingly? Is there any difference between the approaches? I'm using a Behringer MX9000 now and recording on an Alesis ADAT HD24 and am considering moving to a Yamaha 01V96V2 to replace the MX9000. All input is greatly appreciated!
  2. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    There's nothink special about a stereo channel. In a sense, there's no such thing Everything is mono when you break it down.
  3. settoburn

    settoburn Guest


    Well I guess I can't feel too bad about being confused since some smaller mixers have so-called "stero channels"... Ok, I'll get over it - thanks!

    Now what about the pan position on record? Does it make a difference? Or does it just go straight through the tape outs to the recorder no matter how the pan is set?
  4. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    If you want to create stereo from two mono channels, you need to hard pan them. When sent to the main stero bus, the left panned track will only go to the left side of the recorder and the right panned track will only go to the right.
  5. AltheGatman

    AltheGatman Active Member

    If you are using the groups on the MX9000 as your recorder sends, then you definitely need to pan them, If you are using Direct outs, then you don't. But Ialways do anyway, just to keep good habits.

    I def recommend upgrading to the Yamaha. I did a similar thing, MX8000 to 01v v1 (pre the 96 even) years back.
    Huge difference. as much as people hate behringer, the 8000 was great for me then, but the headroom and versatility of the 01v in comparison.................. well, HUGE difference. and the 01v96v2 is a massive step up again.

    Al :)
  6. settoburn

    settoburn Guest

    Hi Al,

    Thanks a lot for the feedback! I knew I wasn't crazy asking about the pan position :D I'm glad to hear about your similar upgrade experience too! Now all I have to do is find someone to buy one of my arms so I can get the 01V96V2 ;)


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