How to Change a Mono Song to Stereo

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Changing a mono song into stereo is something you can do by properly mixing the track in a program. Change a mono song into stereo with help from an experienced audio engineer in this free video clip.

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What's going on, guys? My name is Joey Biagas and I'm an Audio Engineer and Musician of about seven years now. And today, I'm going to show you how to change a mono song into stereo. So, let's get to it. Alright guys, so I'm going to show you how to create a mono song to a stereo song and this is pretty simple and easy. Now, I thought I'd show you a way, first of all, the easiest way and a way that everyone can do because normally you might need a type of software or a type of converter or something to download or something to buy, but I though I'd try using Garage Band because Garage Band is actually a program that everyone has, of course if you do have a Mac. But anyway, that's the way I'm going to show you. So, let's go ahead and let's take a look at my iTunes. I've got iTunes opened here and we're going to look at this song file right here. So, I'm going to right click and I'm going to go down to get info. Okay. So, under the summary, we can see the channel that this indeed mono; it is a mono file, it's a mono song and I want to change this to stereo. Okay. So, I'm going to hit okay for now. I'm going to go back and right click again, go to show and finder. Okay. So, my finder is going to pop up, it's going to show me where my file is 'cause I'm basically going to just dump this into Garage Band and let Garage Band do my converting from mono to stereo. Okay. So, I have Garage Band here in the background, so, make sure you open that up. And now, we go back to my finder and I'm just going to click and drag, place this sucker in and give it a second. There we go. And boom, I'm, I'm almost there, I'm almost there. It's already a stereo track now and we can see this two meters here, left and right. So, Garage Band automatically puts everything into a stereo track. So, even if I play this, alright, so let's go ahead and export this song, okay. And to do that in Garage Band is near the top under share and then, we'll, we have a couple of different options, but I think it's appropriate to send it back to iTunes 'cause that's kind of where we started. Alright. So, let's send it back to iTunes and for now, I'm just going to keep everything, I mean you can rename this whatever you want, I'm just going to keep it the same. But, let's double check and make sure that we're actually are exporting this file as a stereo file and not back to mono again. So, we can do that by the audio settings here, clicking this down arrow or this drop down menu and hit custom and under channels here, it is indeed stereo, it's not mono. So, you just want to double check and make sure. You can definitely change the bit rate to a higher bit rate, that's not, it's not going to necessarily make the quality higher. I would definitely keep the quality higher here or the highest here 'cause you don't want to downgrade, right, But, that, everything's looking good. So, let's just go ahead and hit okay and then let's go down to share. And then that should just a second, it shouldn't take too long 'cause it's not that long of a file. And boom, there we go. Here we go. Alright, and that automatically plays in iTunes, but let's go ahead and double check that this song is indeed stereo. So, just right click and get info again under the summary; boom, here we go, channel stereo, perfect. That's exactly what I wanted. So, there you guys go, it's a free, cheap, easy way to kind of make a file from mono to stereo. So, that's pretty much it in changing a mono song to stereo. So, if you do have any other questions, please let us know. See you next time.

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