View Full Version : pro tools panning question

03-08-2015, 01:11 PM
what's the difference in having a stereo track panned at 9 and 3 vs 7 and 9?

seems basic but I'm not totally clear about this. thanks.

03-08-2015, 02:09 PM
9 and 3 will put the image basically in the center, with spread across(confined between 9 and 3). With pans set to 7&9, your entire spread is now confined to that small area, mostly left, but not hard left. The real question here is; what are you trying to accomplish?

There are times when I want a stereo sound(be it an instrument or an effect) to be NOT spread all the way across the stereo field(after all, a piano doesn't need to sound the full width of the "stage", does it:o). One good way to use panning is to imagine a stage in front of you, with instruments ON that stage. Close your eyes and imagine WHERE each instrument is located, and set pans to make the sound you hear fit the imaginary picture:o. In a real orchestra, the string section would sit on the left side of the stage as you see from the audience, so you might pan string tracks between 7 and 12 o'clock to simulate that setup.