Point Blank Tutorial: Mono Vs Stereo

In Point Blank’s latest tutorial they explore the positives and negatives of recording in both Mono and Stereo….

The vast majority of instruments you hear in the real world are mono. By that we mean a single source coming from a single direction. As our ears and brains process the reflections and reverb created by the space an instrument is in, the sound appears to be ‘stereo’.


If you apply this logic when you’re mixing your tracks, it would make sense that generally, each track is mono, panned to a relevant place, and only the ambient and spatial effects would be ‘true’ stereo. This was definitely the case with most recordings up until the introduction of the DAW and soft synths, where stereo tracks have become the default.

Is this a good thing? Does having every sound in stereo benefit our mix? Mono compatibility is a vital part of making club music, so can so much stereo information end up making our tracks sound worse? In our latest Friday Forum Live!, we’re joined by Point Blank Head of School JC Concato (Portishead, Us3) to tackle these questions.

If you want to know more about mixing theory and audio fundamentals, you should check out our Music Production Logic Pro Diploma online. The course is geared around music composition and much more, and teaches you music theory, as well as mixing, mastering and sound design. It’s one of our most popular courses, and artists like Patrick Topping, No Artificial Colours and Plastician have all studied it online at Point Blank, so you’re in good hands. Find out all you need to know about the course here.

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