Home > Mixing, Recording > Are You Panning Your Mixes?

Are You Panning Your Mixes?

When I first started recording, I’d always run things down the middle. It was my preference, mainly because I listend to music with headphones all the time and I thought it was aggrevating listening to drums from the left side and none on the right.

I still don’t like it. I don’t like to pan drums hard left or right.

Panning is the best way I’ve found to get rid of the “muddiness” and have a little separation. Like with drums, a lot of people like to pan the drums to the position of the listener, like the base drum 20 percent to the left, bass down the middle or a little off, say 2 or 3 percent if it’s fighting with the bass guitar. The toms 30 percent right and left. Hi hats maybe a little off to the right.

Some people do it completely opposite. They pan to the point of view of the drummer. I don’t believe there is one single perfect way to pan in every situation. I just know it’s hard to come up with a good mix without it. When you have so many instruments in the same frequency range, instruments fight for control of the frequency and you end up with a muddy mix if you don’t pan.

There are other ways to get separation, but I haven’t found anything that works better.

Categories: Mixing, Recording
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: