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Stereo/Mono

Discussion in 'Recording' started by eonblue, Feb 16, 2005.

  1. eonblue

    eonblue Guest

    Please forgive my ignorance, but can someone tell me the difference between recording something in stereo as opposed to recording mono and then doubling it and using two channels? I mean, if you are using the same mikes, do you place them differently to capture a different part of the sound? Whats the deal?
     
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    You have 2 ears .. left & right ... You hear in stereo.

    One mic on one instrument will generate a mono signal ... two mics, properly spaced will create stereo.

    Many people get confused about this because most modern / pop productions are considered to be "stereo" recordings, when really most of them are multiple mono tracks, panned into a stereo image ...
     
  3. assis

    assis Guest

    When you record something using two mics, you realy capture diferents parts of the sound. You don't need two mics to record a voice, but you need 2 mics to record one acustic piano, if you whish a good sound.
    If you use just one mic and doubling it in two channels, you don't get the same result. The left mic capture a diferent sound information than rigth.
     
  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Actually, what you capture with 2 mics isn't "different sounds" (close though) it's difference signal ... the difference being phase differences ...

    Here's an interesting experiment..

    Take a long wire from one of your monitors + terminal and another from the other monitors - terminal and hook those up to a 3rd speaker and see what you get. That's the "difference signal" (what makes stereo, stereo). This is also known as the "Haffler effect", as in David Haffler the amp designer.
     

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