Integrated Plugin Pin I/O Utility
With version 2.5 I applaud Paul and the dev team for enabling mono plugins to be used with stereo tracks. I was wondering about the ability to use stereo plugins with mono tracks, Currently I use the swh splitter to split mono streams to stereo and enable use of stereo plugins, Paul has informed me that this is not an Ardour issue, but the stereo plugins issue. The drawback to doing this is that mono tracks end up going to the master bus as 2 streams which makes panning awkward, and mixes on large projects appear more complicated than they truly are.
How difficult would it be to have a little utility in (or relative to) the pre and post fader plugin sections that would expose the I/O plugin pins and the corresponding Ardour pins so that plugins could be routed mono to stereo to mono or whatever routing the user desired (even if it's "weird"). Even something similar to the export dialog where users select what channels their export is mapped to would be sufficient.
If what I'm asking requires another 10000 lines of code, please forgive my ignorance.
My ongoing appreciation to the hard work of the Ardour dev team!