Convert Stereo to Mono in Audacity

25 Apr

It is not terribly obvious in Audacity as to how to convert a stereo file into mono, but it is easy. Open the stereo file. It will show up as two tracks that are tied together. On the top left of the first track, you should see a little “x”. Just to the right of that, you should see your file name, with a little drop-down arrow beside it. Click on the arrow, and then select “Split Stereo Track”. This will separate the two tracks. Click the drop down arrow again, and select “Mono”. Now, you will need to click the drop-down arrow for the second track, and select “Mono” for it as well. Finally, go to the main “File” menu of Audacity, and click “Export”. Here, after filling in metadata such as album, date, etc., you will be given the opportunity to change the file name, choose a destination folder, and what type of audio format to convert to. If all goes as planned, you should see a warning that the two tracks will be mixed down to one mono track, and when you OK it, Audacity will make the conversion and save the file.


Posted by on April 25, 2010 in Uncategorized


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6 responses to “Convert Stereo to Mono in Audacity

  1. beliefexpand

    May 6, 2015 at 3:38 am

    You may also try iDealshare VideoGo to convert audio channel from Stereo to Mono or convert Mono to Stereo

  2. Linux Mint Larry

    June 21, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Thank you for this column! As you stated, not very obvious — I surely spent a half hour after Audacity said it isn’t allowed to paste a stereo clip into a mono file. Nothing in the menu anywhere. Followed your instruction and done in 30 seconds.

  3. asdsad

    September 11, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    This is asinine.

    Use Tracks > Mix > Mix Stereo down to Mono.


  4. eyemeansit

    September 17, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Thank you, asdsad. I hope that feature wasn’t there when I wrote this post 2 1/2 years ago. Thanks for pointing it out.

  5. Zoltán

    June 25, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks for the post.

  6. p2son

    August 31, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Thank you! I needed to do this for a long time but could never figure it out. Phew.


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