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Eric Jabouille writes:
I have a sound effect (Drone dark suspense) that’s in the sound library of STP. It has 6 channels and (let’s say) I’d like to export it as a MONO track. I’ve saved the file, went to “File” -> “Export” ….. and the “export” function is grayed out!
How am I supposed to FLATTEN a 5.1 file into a mono file? If I use the “save as” option, I can export it as an AIFF file but it keeps the 6 channels. I want to flatten it first. Is it possible?
Larry replies: Eric, you are doing the right thing in the wrong place.
Audio file projects don’t allow you to flatten all tracks into mono – but a multi-track project does.
Load your six-track audio file into a multitrack project. While you can easily convert this to mono by changing the setting of Submix 01 at the bottom, the problem with this approach is that it only gives you audio from one track – front left (mono 1) or front right (mono 2).
A better approach is to switch Submix 01 to Stereo 1-2. This outputs both front channels, which contain all the important elements of your sound, then use Final Cut to create the final mono mix for your project.