asked Mar 13 '17 at 09:22 by RichardC (113)

Does anyone know how to export a track as a mono file?


As far as i can tell there is no way to do so in Bitwig as it always operates in "stereo" even if it's a mono track. If you bounce that track in stereo it is still effectively mono if the L-R channels are equal. It's just a small nuisance.

But from getting tracks from other people to mix in Pro Tools i've lost way too much time right clicking "split to mono".

There's a relatively cheap plugin that analyses audio files, tells if they are stereo/mono and then re-creates the file in it's correct format. While an "export in mono" option isn't available this is a nice alternative. As a mixer before starting as a producer, this plugin is gold "stereomonoizer"


answered Mar 24 '17 at 05:58 by DanCR (104)

Thanks Dan,

I'll take a look at your link.

It's not really a problem that Bitwig internally stores clips as stereo but there are 2 important reasons for treating a track as mono (especially if you work a lot with recorded material).

1) To be able to export to mono in order to send a track to clients or to another producer (I currently use Audacity for this).

2) To be able to work with ONE waveform in Edit view. i.e. if you want to see more detail (I sometimes use Audacity for this as you can zoom right down to a sample - if you're crazy enough to want to).

It's a bit disappointing because in a lot of other ways Bitwig works very hard to improve workflow. Maybe they will address this at some point in the future.


answered Mar 24 '17 at 09:10 by RichardC (113)

It seems that the mono representation problem only happens if you import a mono track that was bounced in stereo. Either bounced from Bitwig or any file you may have that is mono but was bounced stereo.

Looked up 2 files on the browser, metadata said one was mono, the other stereo, and in fact they were represented that way.

Here are 2 pics (may have to scroll down, at least in my browser the screenshot is huge) - stereo - mono

If you import back a mono track you bounced in Bitwig then it would be represented as stereo. Only way to fix that is to add the mono bounce option. But doesn't seem that Bitwig has an inherent mono representation problem. Some files from sample packs are bounced in stereo even though they are mono. Try it with something the metadata says is mono.


answered Mar 24 '17 at 16:34 by DanCR (104)

edited Mar 24 '17 at 16:37

Thanks Dan,

I don't really mind how Bitwig chooses to represent audio internally in the app but I would like a solution to my 2 issues above.

If I import a clip that I know is mono and then export it, it becomes stereo, or more correctly - dual mono. It is also presented visually in the app as dual mono when editing.


answered Mar 24 '17 at 17:43 by RichardC (113)

Yea i know what you mean, it would really just take an export as mono button. There's already a mono button in the "Studio I/O" Tab, for playback so can't imagine it being that hard to add one to the export. I'm sure they'll add these details as time goes by.

  — (Mar 27 '17 at 20:28) DanCR

Yea, let's be optimistic!

Or if we're being cynical - maybe Bitwig is hoping to differentiate itself by being the only DAW not to support mono processing.

I prefer to be optimistic :)

  — (Mar 27 '17 at 21:20) RichardC

As simple as that ladies and gentlemen: 1. I have mono track I wish to bounce mono. 2. If I have stereo track I do bounce it stereo 3. If I have 20 channel input, I wish to have 20 channel output. Cause I want.

Bitwig2 should just take input audio and bounce output audio - with same amount of channels on both. Now it forces stereo from mono recordings after bouncing which is like.. WTF in general, except just wasting my disk space in each project with analog audio.


answered Aug 07 '17 at 11:40 by dmilith (88)

Thank you, RechardC for writing about StereoMonoizer. This is what I wanted (for now, at least)!

I'm hoping that Bitwig team will be solving this issue within the DAW. Is anyone from Bitwig reading this???


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