* Trying to suggest a "Pan" method: till the actual version of Audacity
the only way to pan a simple mono track is:
1) Duplicate the track.
2) Select one of those tracks at a time and apply Amplify effect
to amplify or reduce the track's level.
3) Check if that is what you really want to hear.
4) Make a stereo track from those tracks.
- if everything is ok, the steps end there, and if not you will have
5) Split the stereo track
6) Modify each track audio level.
7) Join the tracks.
8) And hear the results.
This method has the advantage of the possibility to apply high quality
effects like Reverb that are great when applied to stereo tracks. And
all other effects that need stereo tracks to show their real potential.
And the bad part is that there are so many steps and each takes it's
time and could become very tedious or frustrating to the composer.
I will humbly try to suggest another way, that could possibly be
not that hard to develop, because when I suggest things to you I try to
maintain Audacity's essence without changing the whole program. And
humbly, because I'm a programmer too, not exactly your kind of software,
but I know how hard can be to develop something that seems so simple to
the user. And also I want to express that I would not be wasting my time
doing suggestions for a program I don't think it worth it as I think
Audacity does. I say this because this kind of suggestions may be felt
as a critic instead of an intent to help making this program a great
piece of software.
The method I suggest:
- (may be the toughest part) Mono tracks with a fader (don't know
if 'fader' is the word. I mean that thing you move to the right or left
-- remember I speak spanish) for panning in real time separating the
original waveform giving a percentage of it's level to each side.
- If an effect is going to be applied, ask the users if they want
it to be applied to a stereo track.
- This stereo track will be generated using the original mono
track and applying the levels given by the 'Pan' percentages for each
I believe that this is a really big step for audio Mixing in
Audacity, because it saves a lot of effort to the composers and allows
them to make small changes without the worry of having to repeat all the
steps required today. And this let them to reach a much higher level of
perfection in the final piece, because they could put each track in the
exact place they wanted them to be, with easy.
Wish the best for Audacity... Ezequiel.