We now have a mono mode and a stereo mode. But some audio sound cards only support monophonic input (e.g. to plug in an instrument on the left channel and a microphone on the right channel). In that case the only way to have the instrument and microphone in the center is to use the pure mono mode. But in that case the return signal from the server is also only mono. The new hybrid mono/stereo mode would make it possible that the input is mono but the return signal is stereo.
For an easy implementation: Still use stereo for the transmission to the server. This way we do not have to modify anything in the server. We also can then make use of a stereo reverberation effect which is nice.
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