I posted a query some time ago about converting my signal path to mono for my live rig, but I've got a clearer idea what I want to do now.
It's occured to me that it would make much more sense to actually load the samples themselves in mono rather than stereo, since this would:
a) Halve the amount of memory needed to load them, thus doubling the amount that I can load
b) Greatly reduce the load on the CPU running them (I think?)
c) Give me another dimension free when designing instruments in the Gigastudio Editor, since stereo takes up one dimension. I'm currently trying to put instruments together that place as many articulations as possible under my fingertips, and sometimes running into a bottleneck here. (I'm still using Giga 2.5 - I know that Giga 3 has many more dimensions, but I don't want to be pressed to upgrade prematurely).
I've done a few basic listening tests to individual samples in their original stereo, and converted to mono. While I can hear the difference, I feel it's slight enough to be worth sacrificing to the convenience of streamlining my routing and doubling my simultaneous availability of sounds.
The question is: how to go about loading stereo sample libraries as mono only? I can switch off the stereo dimension in the Giga editor, and it will just play one side of the sample, but then it's still loading the other side, thus using up a whole lot of unnecessary memory.
I suppose the real answer is to export all the samples, convert them to mono, and re-import them. But individually, this would take forever! (I use PMI Bosendorfer, Scarbee Rhodes, QL Brass etc). So I'd need to be able to batch process them.
I've looked at the batch processing tool in Wavelab and it has options to save with a different bit rate etc, but not to save stereo files (en masse) as mono. Is there another (cheap) program that would do this?
I've asked this here rather than in the Giga forum because I'm open to solutions using other samplers if they exist. I have a licence for Kontakt 1.5, and would be prepared to upgrade to 2.0 if it would make this easier.