Mono or stereo?

Niall Munnelly niall.munnelly at
Wed Mar 30 11:01:29 CEST 2022

Sorry for all the previous typos; writing emails on a phone makes me very

On Wed, Mar 30, 2022 at 10:00 AM Niall Munnelly <niall.munnelly at>

> Stereo’s good if you’re using synths with onboard effects or pad machines
> like your Proteus - or if you like the way your synth handles stereo
> (sequenced or otherwise modulated panning effects, eg). But so many sounds
> just aren’t suited to stereo “sourcing,” and is better handled as mono and
> managed downstream in whatever’s doing the mixing. There also a lot to be
> said for having one thing do the job of mixing and positioning in the
> stereo field, rather than tweaking each individual device.
> Of course a lot of this also has a lot to do with where your audio is
> going and what you do with it - are you automating your mix with a DAW, or
> playing a mixer (hardware or software interface), or who knows what else.
> If you’re doing the heavy lifting of mixing on your computer, it seems to
> me that mono channels are your best bet, certainly the best use of your
> money.
> I reckon I’m in the same camp as Jay now and when we talked about this
> here some fifteen years ago: most sources are mono, and there’s a reason
> mixers typically have lots of mono channels and maybe two or three stereo
> pairs. There are, of course, exceptions, and for that, we have stuff like
> the Speck Xtramix and other expensive stuff, or stereo line mixers like the
> Rane SM series that can be linked via Ethernet cables.
> I’ve seen a lot of marketing buzz about the UDO Super Six’s binaural mode,
> and, while I’m sure it sounds pretty amazing in the right context, I’m not
> sure it justifies any additional price it may introduce.
> On Tue, Mar 29, 2022 at 6:38 AM Peter Korsten <peter at>
> wrote:
>> As you may know, I've been struggling to find the perfect audio
>> interface for years now. The good news is that I've made progress, in
>> the sense that I realised it doesn't actually exist.
>> Long story short, I'd need easily 12 stereo inputs, or 24 in total, and
>> there aren't that many options. But considering that the primary reason
>> for an audio interface is to be able to run all sorts of effects on my
>> PC, do I really need the stereo connections? Or to put it differently:
>> if I'm likely to use only one voice from certain synths (not including
>> power houses such as the Proteus 2000s), does it actually make sense to
>> use the stereo outputs?
>> What do you guys use?
>> - Peter
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> Yours,
> Niall.
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