asked Jun 09 '14 at 21:11 by TrashJunk (62)


Is it possible to switch a stereo channel/track/bus/effecttrack/audiotrack from stereo to mono or the other way round?

As of version 1.0.8, there is no way to do it.

UPD: Actually there is a way to setup a mono input/output if you need it, but it's not exactly what you asked about: bitwig input settings

Also, mono can be simulated on a track with standard FX, like Tool, see answers below.


answered Jun 11 '14 at 08:57 by stylemistake (1.1k)

edited Jun 01 at 16:35

If you're "Mixing" your song in the Production sense of the word, the best method of getting Mono audio is using the "Tool" Audio FX placed at the end of each one of your track's FX chains. Also, place a "Tool" Audio FX on the end of your Master track's FX chain. This concept is pretty common practice in most DAWs when your creating a final "in the box" mix-down.

Ideally, you should start your final mixes with all the tracks set to Mono by turning the Tool "Width" knob all the way to the left at 0. Then, slowly add stereo depth of field to each track as need by turning the "Width" knob to the right, not going past the 12 o'clock position which has the setting of 100%.

Your mixes may vary, but it's not typical for you to need 100% stereo width on any of your tracks, in fact it's not really advisable. Keep your audio sources fairly narrow in the stereo field and make use of the "Pan" knob also found on the Tool Audio FX. This is especially true for low-frequency audio sources like Basses and Kick Drums - keep the stereo Width set at or near 0 for those instruments.

Placing the Tool Audio FX on your Master track at the end of it's processing chain (but before your final Peak Limiter) allows you to quickly audition your entire song's mix in Mono without messing around with your stereo and pan settings on each individual track. While this only "Emulates" a Mono song mix, it does go a long way in helping you identify problem spots and levels adjustment when and where it's needed.

Frankly, doing any more than this and you'll start stepping on your Mastering Engineer's toes. And, if that person happens to be you for whatever reason, you should probably consider getting the ideal Mono Master track a separate part of your Production process.

Having the Tool Audio FX on the Master channel track has another useful benefit. If you need to Export Audio on your song at different volume db levels it's great, because by using the "Amplitude" knob you can adjust your song's output level without messing with all the faders on your hard work.

I typically have the need to Export Audio at -12db, -6db, and 0db. Using Tool, it's quick and easy. Place Tool before your final Peak Limiter on the Master channel, adjust the Amplitude knob on Tool to your needed output level, then adjust the Peak Ceiling db output on your Limiter to match. Adjust the Limiter's Gain until you reach your desired level of loudness or dynamic "squashi-ness".

Meta Micro


answered May 21 '15 at 05:14 by MetaMicro (63)

edited May 21 '15 at 05:17

It's a good answer, although it's not an answer to this particular question. The queston was whether it is possible to switch anything to "mono" mode, i.e. single channel instead of two channel.

  — (May 21 '15 at 15:06) stylemistake

You are correct 'stylemistake'. The original question posted was, "Is it possible..."

  — (May 21 '15 at 18:43) MetaMicro

I skipped these bullshit philosophies above.

  1. I have mono track I wish to bounce mono.
  2. If I have stereo track I do bounce it stereo.

It's that easy - nothing less nothing more.

Bitwig2 is not a thing to decide for me. When I work on VERY VERY LONG mono audio tracks, I have DOUBLED sizes cause of redundant channel I DO NOT WANT TO HAVE after bouncing.

As simple as that ladies and gentlemen.


answered Aug 07 '17 at 11:35 by dmilith (88)

I dont want my mono vocals to be become a stereo track after bounce. I want it dead center, and the same with my bass.


answered Feb 17 at 21:21 by johanvn (21)

  • "Tool" is kind of a workaround. Width to 0 and you have mono.

answered Dec 02 '14 at 20:59 by TrashJunk (62)

"Mono" is a relative word.

You can also have a mono signal in a stereo file. Stereo file does not mean that it is true stereo. A true stereo file is when you really have on the left and right channel different information. A fake stereo file is, when on the left and right channel the signal is the same.

If you really have a stereo file or not you can check with the "Tool" Plugin. Set width to 200 and if you then still hear any signal, this is the stereo information. If not, then you simply have a file with the same information on the left/right channel which in the end is mono.


answered Dec 03 '14 at 09:02 by schroerob (suspended)


Well, the question was about mono audio buses (with only one channel), which are defiitely unsupported now.

  — (Dec 03 '14 at 12:13) stylemistake

I see no sense in a mono bus? Why route a true stereo signal in a mono bus? If this is really a stereo signal then only a stereo bus makes sense. If it is a stereo file with two identical information on the left/right channel (what is mono in the end) it doesn't matter if the bus is stereo or mono as the information on both side is identical. The same if yout file is real mono, means really recorded in mono. The stereo track will then play on both sides the same information.

  — (Dec 03 '14 at 13:15) schroerob

Well, one can always find a use for mono, especially if you're dealing with mono source (for better performance), or if you want to treat stereo audio as "two monos" and treat them separately. Lots of use cases :).

  — (Dec 04 '14 at 20:54) stylemistake

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