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Old 09-14-2019, 10:30 PM   #1
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Default Softube plugins switch to mono on tracks with more than two channels

A few days ago, it started to disturb me why a track sounded strange. Today, I figured it out but could not solve it yet.

Long story in short: the vast majority of the Softube plugins switch to mono as soon as the track has more than two channels. I hardly ever use more than four channels on a track, but it’s already too much for Softube or maybe Reaper+Softube.

It’s easy to reproduce.

Start with an empty track.
Add anything of Weiss or Fix Phaser/Flanger/Doubler or Saturation knob. There are more but not all of their plugins will do it.
Look at the channels. It will be normal. For example, Fix Flanger, 2 in 2 out. (Left and Right).
Add two more channels.
The Softtube plugin switches to:

In: 1, 2, 3, 4
Out: 1, 2, 3, 4

I found no way to fix it.
If you add other and non-softube plugins to the FX chain, they will behave normal. As soon as you go back to two channels only, the Softube plugin switches to normal too.

(Now I am wondering if it happened in another DAW, how and when would I have noticed it.)

Update: it makes me wonder too how I could use an external sidechain for Weiss

Last edited by Mage; 09-14-2019 at 10:40 PM.
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