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Soundizers StereoMonoizer
 Soundizers StereoMonoizer Main Screen 
StereoMonizer is a standalone utility that analyzes audio files to ascertain if they contain stereo information or are merely mono sources recorded on an interleaved audio track. Many DAW programs render their virtual instruments' outputs as well as live audio out on stereo tracks by default--even in the absence of stereo content that requires a stereo track. The problems start when those tracks are exported for mixing in another DAW such as Pro Tools. Pro Tools requires stereo files to use two voices--so a 48-track session made up of these "stereo" tracks uses 96 voices in Pro Tools.

By converting those faux stereo tracks to single mono tracks, conceivable you would cut your CPU usage in half by using fewer voices--not to mention better file management with less hard drive space used for your session!

Until StereoMonoizer, each track would require inspection or the auditioning each track individually and/or looking at them on a stereo phase scope for their entire running time to see if they are really mono (recorded on two tracks) or actual stereo recordings. This makes StereoMonoizer a huge time saver for a tedious process that can take an hour or more per song.

After importation into StereoMonoizer, the files are analyzed and a real-time waveform display and playback audition engine shows the entire length of the audio file with any stereo difference content shown in blue; monaural audio is shown in grey. This histogram is dynamic and shows if the track ever goes to stereo even for sections of the song such as when a stereo effect was used momentarily.

StereoMonoizer is an automated batch processer with a drag-n-drop interface for files/folders and offers a recommended conversion method (that is adjustable) for those files that need it. So interleaved stereo files--audio.1wav or split stereo files--audio2.L.wav and audio2.R.wav are appended automatically when converted to mono: they would become audio1.wav and audio2.wav respectively. The split stereo file, if it has stereo content, would be converted to an interleaved stereo file. If there are stereo or a mono files, they will not be converted. Additionally you can also override the conversion of any individual file if you prefer.

StereoMonoizer works with either .aiff and .wav file formats and you can preset processing modes for things like: retain original file's stereo pan depth when converting to mono, check for blank files (good for cleaning out and consolidating large folders of files), normalize gain, overwrite existing files plus create a backup for all source files, and choose a separate output folder.

It is no surprise to state that I too have suffered the hours of tedium converting audio files imported from a Logic or Ableton session for mix in Pro Tools and I wonder how I ever got a long without Soundizers StereoMonoizer software. It is no surprise to state that I too have suffered the hours of tedium converting audio files imported from a Logic or Ableton session for mix in Pro Tools and I wonder how I ever got a long without Soundizers' StereoMonoizer software.

It runs on Macs (OS 10.7 and above) and Windows PCs. It sells for $49 for the single license and $79 for a dual license. Check: www.soundizers.com.

Their slogan is true: "If time is really money, you can't afford not to own StereoMonoizer." I found it to work flawlessly and I love the well thought out GUI, analyzer and batch processor! A big winner no serious music mixer should be without! Highly recommend!



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