On stage: stereo or mono ?

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On stage: stereo or mono ?

Unread post by dfinucci » Wed May 29, 2019 9:43 am

Hi all, have a nice day.
May i ask you what type of connection are you using while performing on stage ?
A friend of mine, sound technician, said that stereo connection is better for studio, while mono is perfect on stage.
Do you agree? Have you some additional advice ?
Thank you very much indeed for your kind answers.
Sincerely
D
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Re: On stage: stereo or mono ?

Unread post by SysExJohn » Wed May 29, 2019 10:48 am

The problem with using stereo on stage is that people on the left of the auditorium are unlikely to hear much, at all, of the right hand signal, and vice versa. Thus depriving a significant proportion of the audience of half of what is being played. I've always been advised to use mono for stage use.
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Re: On stage: stereo or mono ?

Unread post by anotherscott » Fri May 31, 2019 12:31 pm

John's answer is reasonable, but there are variations.

If your keyboard sound is coming out of your own stage amplification (rather than the main PA), you can avoid the problem John mentioned by keeping both speakers near you (so they are close to each other rather than on opposite sides of the stage). If your keyboard sound is coming out of the main PA system, you can pan the left and right signals so that they are near each other, rather than panning one signal hard left and the other hard right. In either case, you're substantially reducing the stereo field, so you might ask why bother, why not just run mono? Two reasons: The sounds on some instruments sound better in stereo than in mono even if the left-right separation is minimal, and also, in the case of stage amplification, even a small amount of spread can eliminate the effect you can get of all your sound emanating from a single definable point (i.e. making it sound like all your sound is "coming out of a box"). Even a little spread can make things sound more present and natural. But you should experiment and see how these options sound with your particular keyboard(s).
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Re: On stage: stereo or mono ?

Unread post by Stevie18 » Fri May 31, 2019 1:10 pm

I agree with anotherscott here. In some cases stereo is important. Since we are here on the MOX forum: I found that particularly important for the MODX and Montage piano sounds. They really sound lifeless and maybe even a little bit weird, if you mix them down to one mono channel. Not sure, they might not be fully mono-compatible which can lead to comb filter effects, to that some frequencies are cancelled out. For that reason I try to always drive it stereo on stage. That sounds so much better. And since theI left and right side are almost the same it does not matter so much if you hear very little of the other side. It's certainly not worse for those sounds than mono. And even a little bit coming in from the other side of the stage makes a big difference. That's what I found...
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Re: On stage: stereo or mono ?

Unread post by SysExJohn » Fri May 31, 2019 6:42 pm

Stevie and AnotherScott are not incorrect, and I should have been clearer, I was talking about the PA system where there is often considerable distance between the speakers. There mono will usually work best.

As has been said in both the above posts, if you're using your own amplification, there are cases where stereo will sound much better, as AnotherScott has written.
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