Old 12-23-2011, 09:02 AM   #1
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Hi guys, I'm relatively new to using Reaper for Mac OSX and I have a question, is it normal that when I have 2 recorded guitar tracks (one panned hard left and one panned hard right) that when I export it to mp3 it comes out sounding like one single guitar track panned in the center? I make sure I select "both tracks" under consolidation settings. Can anyone help me so that the finished file will still sound double-tracked?
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:27 PM   #2
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Make sure that you have selected the following in the Render dialogue:

Render: Master mix
Options: Channels: Stereo
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:21 PM   #3
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Make sure that you have selected the following in the Render dialogue:

Render: Master mix
Options: Channels: Stereo
I already have selected those and it still sounds like one track.

EDIT: Actually it just creates two mp3 files that have each track center panned.

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Old 12-24-2011, 01:55 PM   #4
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Make sure you haven't got "Multichannel tracks to multichannel files" checked in the same render dialogue.

If you don't, please explain step by step how do you "export"?
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Old 12-24-2011, 10:18 PM   #5
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Make sure you haven't got "Multichannel tracks to multichannel files" checked in the same render dialogue.

If you don't, please explain step by step how do you "export"?
I don't have that checked.

But right after I record, this is what I do if i want to convert the whole thing into one mp3 track.
File--> Consolidate/Export tracks..--> Then I click on "Process" and it gives me each track as a file instead all of them into one file.
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But right after I record, this is what I do if i want to convert the whole thing into one mp3 track.
File--> Consolidate/Export tracks..--> Then I click on "Process" and it gives me each track as a file instead all of them into one file.
Right, because that's what you tell the software to do. If you want a master mix mix down, try "Render".

It might be a good idea to eye through the manual, several great things may get missed.
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