5 Mixing Mistakes To Avoid: Using Panning & Imaging Tools

Placing sounds in the stereo field is a hugely important part of mixing. Joe Albano is back with 5 common mistakes every producer should avoid when using panning and imaging tools on their tracks.  

Joe is a musician, engineer, and producer in NYC. Over the years, as a small studio operator and freelance engineer, he's made recordings of all types from music & album production to v/o & post. He's also taught all aspects of recording and music technology at several NY audio schools, and has been writing articles for Recording magaz... Read More

Discussion

lostinthesound
With regards to "Don’t Confuse Stereo Panning and Balancing," can't the same effect be achieved with less steps (i.e. adding a Dir Mixer insert) by setting Logic's channel strip to Mono? Unless I'm mistaken, doing this causes the "balance" pot to become a true "pan pot."
Pierre
In Logic 10 you cannot change a channel strip to mono, you can only change it's input to mono, Once a track is recorded in stereo, or created by submixing some elements this audio element will stay in stereo and will be played back on 2 channels and the pan pot will act as a balance. You could of course choose to output both channel to a single output, but then your pan pot would dissapear obviously, the two channels would only be merged in one mono output.
lostinthesound
Thanks for the feedback Pierre. Does what your saying also apply in cases where the audio source/region is Mono as is the setting for Logic's Channel Strip? From what I read in the manual, I interpreted that the Pan Pot would act as a true Panoramic Pot (not a balancer) in the previously mentioned example.

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