Tracking keyboard; Stereo or Mono?

Discussion in 'Synths / Samplers & VSTi' started by amg731, Mar 1, 2004.

  1. amg731

    amg731 Guest

    Hey all, trying to tighten up on my skill set. When recording keyboard patches, piano, rhodes, etc., is it better to record stereo or mono?
    If Mono is the choice, what are some of the techniques in giving thee tracks that ambient sound and feel.

    My recording setup is:

    Proteus 2000w/ Pure Phatt card
    Focusrite ISA428
    PC Daw
    Logic Platinum


    [ March 01, 2004, 02:13 PM: Message edited by: amg731 ]
  2. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    Jan 11, 2003
    Woodbridge, Va
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    Personally IMO, I record my pads, patches, rhodes & strings in stereo. Then do my bass and some other sounds (depends on the patch) in mono. I like to capture the feel & nuance of certain sounds (ex. rhodes panning left/right) so it's a matter of choice when to use stereo or mono
  3. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    keyboard patches are usually optimized for stereo so I always do that- sometimes mono sits better in the mix, though, but if you recorded in stereo you always have that option
  4. Screws

    Screws Active Member

    Feb 16, 2001
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    Record it in midi. Then at mixdown you can make a better decision of stereo or mono, since you'll be hearing it in context with all the other elements. Then you also have the option to change which patch used.

    Of course, that's only if you have the keyboard available at mixdown time.
  5. amg731

    amg731 Guest

    Thanks for the tips, don't know why I never thought to play with it more while in midi :( Also any tips on creating the stereo impression with a mono track? I've done things like runnig a delay and panning it opposite the original signal. Are there any other standard or even not so standard methods?

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