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    Another technique is to visualise the virtual stage on which the band is playing, then pan each instrument to where you imagine they would be on the stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaimech View Post
    So here is a question. I have: One rhythm Guitar, one Lead guitar that only plays solo like fragments here and there, one Rhodes and one Wurlitzer they never play at the same time, one lead vocal and to backgrounds that always sing short fragments just supporting the main vocal line with harmony. How would you go about the panning? I am afraid to pann the rhythm guitar that plays chords during the whole song to either side cause it could cause the mix to be slanted to one side since its the only other element really carrying the rhtyhm besides the drums. How would you approach the panning on this situation?

    Thanks for the advice!
    This entire forum has a terrible habit of wasting its time offering technical advice for music it can't hear.

    Can you post an audio clip?

    The question is not strait-forward enough to warrant any verbal or conceptual advice without context.

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    Maybe you can "create" a second track for the guitar and pan right left.
    One way is using a delay and some pitch shifting or other effect to avoid phase issues

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    The best thing to do is to create alternate mixes and try different panning techniques. In Logic you can do this from the File menu, I'm sure other DAWS can do the same. Then you don't risk losing something or forgetting what you did.

    I tend to pan based on a visual representation of the band, and generally bring the solo to the middle and pan both rythm guitars left/right around +30 and -30. A few other things I try:

    - use a stereo spreader (stock plugin, Doubler or Vitamin (Waves Audio) for single guitar rythm
    - use subtle delay or echo, pan a single rythm guitar +/=30 and bounce certain frequencies to the other side (for a nice 'jangly' effect)
    - double-track the single rythm guitar

    I always put lead vocals up the middle, and fan out backing vocals (+/- 20 to 30 on each side, and another harmony at +/- 50 on both sides). For single harmonies I'll keep the lead and harmony up the middle but push the harmony back a bit using reverb.

    For drums, panning the hi-hat and ride a little left/right adds some depth too.

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