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Why on Earth

do people mangle ("Master") their glorious stereo files to be mono compatible? Oh no, might have phase issues if played in mono... Seriously? Expecting to get famous on AMRadio? Huge musical compromise to satisfy <1% of listeners? No thanks. It's 2018. To quote Sting - "I don't subscribe to your point of view".

Am I missing a compelling arguement for doing so? Sarcasm aside I ask with sincerity.

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I agree, but you now, habits.

I agree, but you now, habits...

I remember the first time I listened to a Beatles album. Got only one side in my cassette player, so sometimes only drums and guitar, sometimes bass and voices. I was thinking :whoah, this is really "avant-garde"!

But after, I got the whole thing, not half of a song ;)

I remember also the first time We went in a studio for our first recording whith my band, loooong time ago, in the glorious 80's. I asked to the guy if we could put the intro drum only on the left side, and he said: nobody does that anymore!! (but we did;)

 

 

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Hehe...that made me smile! I

Hehe...that made me smile! I agree with you, I guess many years ago, when stereo, FM etc happened, someone in the mixing room flipped the mono switch and suddenly, "oh no, we got a phaser thing happening"! And from that time, it's been established as a part of the routine in the art of mixing. Am I missing something too? Or maybe, AM I missing something too (as in AM radio)? I have always liked the one who dared to ask the question, so I can't wait to see other people's views on this. Thanks for bringing it up!

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Sonos, Amazon echo, google

Sonos, Amazon echo, google home, etc... Plenty of high quality mono speakers in homes now. Also, if played in a multi speaker enviroment (pub / club etc) they will likely be all kicking out a mixed mono signal for sound consistancy. And finally, some streaming radio stations equally kick out a mono mix to keep bandwidth low.

So yeah, sucky as it may be to make sure your track sounds good in Mono, it's actually pretty popular all over the place.

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... and of course people

... and of course people playing it through their phone speakers... but we can ignore them! 

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I never knew there was such a

I never knew there was such a thing as making a track mono compatible. I just always assumed if it was played through mono, then it would be a combination of left and right mixed together and that's all there is to it. But I also know basically nothing about how to master.

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https://www.google.ca/amp/s

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/amp.reddit.com/r/edmproduction/comments/392l...

Some other thoughts.

I suspect 98% of people who master for mono compatibility have music that will never leave the dark recesses of their mancave (apologies to all the amateur female musicians I just offended).

And I haven't played in a club in 20 years that mixed anything above sub-freq down to mono. I guess we're spoiled here in Canuckia. And I play professionally for a living... that's my job.

As for Alexa and all those other counter robots, people listening on those don't deserve to hear my music.

I'm still not convinced yet.

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Ok I think I get the gist.

Ok I think I get the gist. You end up with too much on one frequency and at the same time, things cancelling each other out, etc., etc.

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"As for Alexa and all those

"As for Alexa and all those other counter robots, people listening on those don't deserve to hear my music."

GOLDEN!laugh

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I like to think that mono and

I like to think that mono and stereo are equally important. Even though we live in the era where those elements seem very separate. Mono is fundamental for layering. Stereo is fundamental for better listening experience. But in essence, stereo is still a separated mono. And nothing better than that.
I hate that fact, but we must live according to the laws nature to survive.

"Birds will always sing when singing doesn't preserve a danger, and they know the time when to start singing"
Those who appreciate birds will go for mono, and those who think that we need a tree so the birds can sing will appreciate stereo sound.

Birds actually don't give a f***.

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