Your Questions, Our Answers – Down Mixing in Surround Sound
Recently on the Logic Pro Expert Facebook page, a reader sent in this question:
Hi, I have a question. Can I make a surround mix with a stereo output monitoring on Logic Pro X? With Pro Tools I can do this with an Aux, but can I do this with Logic Pro X?
When doing a surround sound mix, you may find you’ll need to create a stereo mix or perhaps have to edit/monitor in stereo. Logic Pro provides a nice surround sound mix feature, the Down Mixer, to do the job.
To instantiate this, you need to set at least one channel strip’s output to surround. This will change the master output to a Surround master. You’ll want to put the Down Mixer here. You can find it in the Audio FX list under Utilities. It will default to Logic Pro’s surround format (my image is 5.1) and you can see the sliders to mix each surround channel to a stereo sum.
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