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How do I split a Stereo file into two Mono files in Studio One?

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asked May 10, 2015 in Studio One 1 by AlexTinsley (924,650 points)
How do I split a Stereo file into two Mono files in Studio One?

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answered May 10, 2015 by AlexTinsley (924,650 points)
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From your stereo track control panel right-click and "Duplicate with Events" to make another copy. On each of those two tracks in the mixer insert a Binaural Pan. Pan one hard left and the other hard right. Next, Make sure you have two mono output busses in your I/O to use for this. If you like, name them "Split L" & "Split R" and hide them in the mixer. Send each audio track copy pre-fader to one of the two mono output busses. Sends are created at unity so just create the sends and select the pre-fader option for each MONO Out. Using the Export Stems option in S1, render the stem channels of the two mono output busses to create two new mono audio tracks from the original stereo track. Then simply remove or mute the original stereo track and you’re done!
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answered Mar 16, 2019 by joshualeonard (370 points)
edited Mar 16, 2019 by joshualeonard
There a much easier and faster way to achieve this. Just pan the track to the desired side, right click on the file and select "bounce to new track". Set that new bounced track to MONO then right click and select "Mixdown Selection". There you have the new stereo (mono) track for the desired pan side. Quick & easy. Then you can use an imaging / stereo field plugin to widen it out some again if you like.
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answered Dec 12, 2019 by richyrojas (470 points)
This software has many amazing revolutionary features. But it lacks on the very basic function that a DAW should have like split stereo to mono and many other functions such as pre fader rendering. For now I'll use another DAW just to split stereo tracks and bring it in to SO.
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answered Apr 20, 2020 by dillontonkin (230 points)
Please note that the original (and very convoluted!) answer is a work-around for an old version of Studio One, and the Bounce answer is for doing more creative things where processing of some sort may be needed. In version 4 and higher, to simply split a stereo file into two mono files, locate the file you wish to split in the Files panel (which you can show using F9), right-click the file, and choose the option listed. It is also just as easy to combine two mono tracks into a stereo one using the same method.
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answered Jul 20, 2022 by basroos (140 points)
edited Jul 20, 2022 by basroos

Yes, I am missing a built-in quick solution to this as well. But what I have done is:

- Create a stereo playback track;
- Add two stereo busses (named Split L and Split R);
- Send the stereo track to both the L and R busses, panned accordingly, pre-fader at 0 dB;
- Set the level of the stereotrack to infinite or the lowest possible, effectively muting it;
- Add two mono busses (PB L and PB R). Set the output of Split L to PB L and the other one to PB R

The first stereo track now contains the original, the two stereo busses contain the Left resp. Right part of the stereo track, but in their own stereo buss. The two mono busses now contain the Left and Right part and are editable individual channels now, without having to mess with file-splitting or track copying. You may hide the two stereo busses, and the stereo track as well, but unless you have checked "Link visibility of Track List and Console" this will make the latter invisible in the track list too. You may also select a different output for the stereo track, in my case just down the drain. This way you can compare the stereo original to the individual channels at all times.

This is what the console looks like while playing back a stereo track as two mono tracks.

The entire setup playing. You can clearly see the difference in L and R, as some kind of proof.