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Setting the Track Format

When you create an Audio, Auxiliary Input, Instrument, or Master Fader track, you choose a format for the track. In Pro Tools LE 8, you can choose between mono and stereo formats.

  • Mono tracks. When the output of a mono track is set to a stereo output path, a pan control is available to position the track output in the stereo field (Figure 4.20).

    Figure 4.20

    Figure 4.20 The Pan control for a mono Audio track with its output set to a stereo output path.

    A mono Audio track shows a single lane of audio in its Edit window playlist (Figure 4.21).

    Figure 4.21

    Figure 4.21 The Edit window playlist for a mono Audio track.

    Mono tracks are used for single input sources, such as a vocal or solo instrument microphone.

  • Stereo tracks. When the output of a stereo track is set to a stereo output path, two pan controls are available to position each channel independently in the stereo field (Figure 4.22). All other controls on a stereo track affect both channels in tandem, including the Volume fader, the Record Enable, Solo, and Mute buttons.

    Figure 4.22

    Figure 4.22 The Pan controls for a stereo Audio track with its output set to a stereo path.

    Stereo Audio tracks show two channels of audio in the Edit window Track area (Figure 4.23). Any selections or edits to material in a stereo track affect both channels simultaneously.

    Figure 4.23

    Figure 4.23 The Edit window playlist for a stereo Audio track.

    Stereo tracks are used for dual input sources, such as left and right drum overhead microphones or dual piano microphones.

If you want to edit or adjust the controls for a specific channel in a stereo track, you need to split the stereo track into two mono tracks.

To split a stereo track into mono tracks:

  1. Click the name of the stereo track to select it (Figure 4.24).
    Figure 4.24

    Figure 4.24 Selecting a stereo track.

  2. Choose Track > Split into Mono.

    The stereo track is split into two mono tracks with independent controls (Figure 4.25).

    Figure 4.25

    Figure 4.25 Splitting a stereo into two mono tracks.

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