Originally Posted by syntheticrhyme
ok, i'll have to disagree big time here. Mono recordings of the past that i've heard sounded like a load of crap. I can't imagine anyone trying to promote a mono recording in this day and age. You might as well throw your gear out the window. 192k - Pro HD 192k Audio Recording
Well, I don't know what you listening on, but if a well recorded mono record doesn't sound good on it there's something seriously wrong.
And maybe you SHOULD throw most of your gear out the window because your response indicates to me an essential ignorance of the basics of the recording art - like mic choice, mic placement, acoustics, keeping a clean signal path, etc. If you don't use all those bells and whistles you might learn something that seems to have been lost by a lot of people trying to do sound engineering these days.
When recording something like a solo singer/guitarist you often don't need more than one good mic and a good sounding room. I was just commenting on that to a friend the other day while listening to one of Bob Dylan's early recordings - my guess is that all they needed was a U-47 and a tape machine, maybe a mic pre. That approach eliminates a lot of the phasing and interference problems you get when using multiple mics on that type of source.
Another application of mono mixing is live sound reinforcement. In any live situation greater than a fairly small room the bulk of the mix sould be done in mono, with only a very slight stereo spread and possibly stereo effects if appropriate for the material. Why? Because in a room of any size doing any sort of extreme stero spread means that anybody standing anywhere except the middle of the room will miss a great deal of the music. In fact, in a smaller room it sometimes helps to use a reverse stero mix of the instruments in the PA to make the overall mix of stage and system MORE monophonic, so everybody hears all the instruments. (This is a general rule of thumb, of course there are exceptions in the case of certain acts that use placement effects as part of the performance - Pink Floyd, for example.....)