Academy Dashboard Forum Production Mixing Collapsing the bottom end to mono: always a good idea? Reply To: Collapsing the bottom end to mono: always a good idea?

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Erik Duijs
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    Hi Chris, thanks for the reply.

    I've heard about mongoose, it seems very useful.
    When I collapse low-end to mono I use a M/S EQ and roll off the bottom end on the side, not 100% sure if that's the same thing. But I do it when wide L/R panning of different instruments sounds weird on headphones.

    However when you do it on an entire mix, do you never feel like you're missing something?
    There have been cases where I tried it and some lower end ambiance got clearly lost, which is why I'm a bit confused about the notion that the bottom end should always be (collapsed to) mono. Maybe I should experiment a bit more with it.

    Regarding vinyl, my understanding is that it's done because the stylus of a record player can skip (bounce out of the groove) if the bottom end is stereo; not necessarily because it sounds better.

    Cheers,
    Erik