1974. I made a record as an artist.
We decided to leave it as it was, knowing that it would disappear on radio.
I totally understand why listening in Mono was used in the past when the playback systems or radio were mono.
But Radio is Stereo for many years now, as is TV, as are the playback systems. Yes there are exceptions, but really really small.
I understand that someone might want to check a specific stereo effect in Mono to check if it disapears,
but what doesn't make any sense at all is mixing to stereo but doing the monitoring in mono to do the volume balances, when the final result will be a stereo mix.
That doesn't make any sense.
If you are mixing to Stereo then doing the balances in Stereo will be the best judgement of the final result, a Stereo Mix.
Well if someone uses it, fine, if it works for you , thats good enough. Respect
But for the sake of someone less experienced reading this thread that might get confused, I would just like to tell that I'm a professional mixing engineer, and it doesn't make any sense to me.
Neither any professional mixing engineer I know does that.