There are many times where I need to convert a multichannel clip into separate mono clips to simplify a mix. For example:
Adobe Audition makes this easy, but it isn’t obvious.
Here, for example, is a stereo clip (“Space Ambience”) that needs to go into a mono session (“Multitrack Session”).
After importing a multi-channel audio clip into Audition, double-click the clip to open it in the Waveform Editor.
Right-click (or Control-click) directly on the waveform and choose Extract Channels to Mono Files.
Almost instantly, two (or more) mono files are added to the File Panel, ready to add to your mix. The left channel is indicated by “_L_” in the file name, while the right channel contains “_R_”.
I do this every week for the Digital Production Buzz which is recorded in stereo, but compressed and posted as mono. Extracting one of the recorded master channels prior to compression improves audio levels and reduces the size of the final compressed file.
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