"LFE Only" passthrough option in 5.1 Track Assignment
An extremely common scenario is to receive a finished film with an existing 5.1 mix as 6-track mono. In order to use a surround effect (such as Loudness radar) you need to map those mono tracks to a 5.1 master track. It's trivial to assign L / R / C / Ls / Rs tracks with the audio panner - but there's no way to pass through the LFE track "as is".
You can set the LFE level to "0.00db" but you're still going to get audio routed to either the front or surround L/R channels (or both) depending on your panner placement.
Audition (as with most DAW software) solves this option by a "LFE Only" button on their panner that will bypass any panning, and just assign the output of a track 100% to the LFE.
This would be a huge quality of life improvement, as it's not feasable to round-trip a completed film through audition if you just want to sample test a loudness reading, or do some other localization edit that is not otherwise touching a finished mix.
Gerard Roxburgh commented
Found this on another thread: LFE Mapping without going to audition:
Import all your mono surround files.
In Modify > Audio Channels, set the clip format to 5.1, and assign the correct surround channel (e.g. uncheck "L" and check "LFE").
In your 5.1 timeline, create six 5.1 audio tracks.
Edit your surround clips into those tracks (in any order you wish).
Erik Diaz commented
I can't believe this issue have no solution from adobe yet! This is a basic feature!
A related discussion:
But both for this specific LFE-passthrough need and in general how to handle 6-track mono mixes, see my solution here:
And anyway... I'm proposing fixing Merge Clips to accommodate those workflows, it's 80% there. If you prefer that option, vote for it here:
(Although with 1-5 votes, we'll surely get either feature implement by the year 2420. :D )
Hey Adobe, can we please fix this issue.
Come on Adobe is 2019! Fix this!