Fix hard panned stereo files using Ableton’s Utility.

I came across a problem recently when I recorded an interview using Skype. For some reason my own vocal only ended up recorded on the left side of a stereo file. You can see the issue in the above screenshot (inside the light yellow square). After a little head scratching I remembered Ableton’s Utility plug-in can fix this. I added Utility as an insert and switch the Mode to Left and now my vocal is properly centered.

“The Channel Mode chooser allows selective processing of the left and right channels of a sample. If, for example, Left is selected, the right channel is ignored and the left channel appears on both outputs. This is especially useful if you have a stereo le that contains different information on both channels and you want to use only one.” – Ableton Live User Manual

Related post: Adjust volume automation using Utility.

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 3, 2008 at 12:05 am, filed under Ableton Live, sounds and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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One Response to “Fix hard panned stereo files using Ableton’s Utility.”

  1. robbneu says:

    I think Skype does that to cut back on interference caused by “hearing” itself. Regardless, great tip for Live users!

    Great blog, btw. Thanks!

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