Stereo and Mono Channels

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by RichardJames, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. RichardJames

    RichardJames Guest

    Are stereo channels considered single channels on a mixing board or is each stereo channel equal to 2 mono channels?
    In other words, if a mixer has 40 channels total with 4 of the channels stereo would it be a 36 x 4 or a 32 x 4?
  2. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2005
    You have to ask the mixer manufacturer's marketing department that one!
    Some companies count the stereo channels as 2, some don't.
  3. HansAm

    HansAm Active Member

    Jun 4, 2005
    A stereo channel _usualy_ count as two. And thats the way it should be to ;) really.
  4. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    Marketing departments would make that 44 channels, maybe even 88 peak (if you count each half of the sinewaves going into the + and - inputs). Using morphic resonance you might get considerably more.

    BTW, the "x4" bits of the mixer specs usually refer to the number of buses you can mix to, and is not to do with the number of inputs.
  5. JCarlo

    JCarlo Guest

    Most manufacturers count stereo channels as two, is good for sales and as HansAm wrote, it's the way it should be. Mixers numbers would be designated as:
    x number of input channels by y number of buses by z number of main outputs. So the board you described could be 40 x 8 x 2.
  6. RichardJames

    RichardJames Guest

    Thanks for all that, I think my fears are realized. I am trying to make sence of some inventory and hoped there would be some standardization, but I guess I'll have to do it the hard way.

    Thanks for the info.
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