Time for a bit of the old school.
Mixing in mono can actually provide a lot of advantages in helping to improve a stereo mix. It seems counter-intuitive, but the mono process puts things more “up front” so that it’s more focused and can be better analyzed.
Joe provides a look at ways to utilize mono effectively, ranging from very simple to more involved methods. The key is to get the focus in the center as opposed to spread-out as it is in stereo. He also supplies some samples of the process of moving between stereo and mono.
It’s a relatively straightforward methodology but can make a big difference.
Enjoy the video.
Joe Gilder is a Nashville-based engineer, musician, and producer who also provides training and advice at the Home Studio Corner. Note that Joe also offers highly effective training courses, including Understanding Compression and Understanding EQ.