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jack hale

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Not necessarily simpler - just slightly different.


Mono/stereo channels will likely have the same aux sends, but possibly less in the EQ section - eg, the monos may have sweepable mids, whilst the stereos just have fixed.


Mono will only have the one input gain knob whilst stereos obviously have 2.


The mono may well have a bass cut filter, stereos not.


There are a handful of other possible differences, but essentially it's all about what you're asking the channels to do.

Normally mono channels will be fed from mics or instruments (which may be mic'd) whilst stereos will be mainly line sources from media players etc - the two types of input have differing needs as a rule.

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I'd say it's because, typically, stereo channels are used for some form of playback and, as it's recorded material, things like EQ will have been handled at the time of the original mix, not when you're playing it back live.


Mono/Mic channels are hitting the FOH mixer "raw" and the channel strip there is the first chance to tweak things for the optimum (or at least the most pleasing) sound.



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Im afraid it s more basic than that it good old cost. The Frequency tune pot needs to be a dual gang part in a mono channel, more expensive than a single gang but not too bad. In a stereo channel strip most of the pots will have to be dual gang but a frequency tune would have to be four gang, which are expensive and hard to find. As has sallready been said the reduction in EQ flexabilty is not a problen in most stereo sources then its done.
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