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Old 01-27-2011, 11:03 AM
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Question Guitar panning tips please

I love the guitar sound nickelback have on their latest albums and i have heard that it was achieved by using amp farm and no real amps were used at all. Now I have always panned my guitar parts hard left and right and double tracked about 6 times but recently I have heard people just pan about 20-25 each side. Any one out there care to share some tips or advice

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Old 01-27-2011, 11:42 AM
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Default Re: Guitar panning tips please

It's always going to depend on the song for me. It's also going to depend on whether it's acoustic or electric, and even then that's going to depend on what I want to hear and what else is competing for my horizontal space.

I'd say that my favorite way of going about acoustic is that when I stereo record, I use two different mics. These tracks get eq'd somewhat differently, depending on the rest of the song. Panning for me is often hard one side and only partial on the other side....often I like placing the guitar 25 - 25 on either side (dry) and multing one of the sides to another track and feed that side to an Aux that has an effect (verb or delay or phase or such) and blend that in, hard to one side or the other.

On electric rhythm, I'm usually a big fan of multiple takes and hard panning. But I've used a more centered approach as well.

Electric or acoustic lead I'll usually keep them closer towards the middle, but I'll often do the same trick as far as keeping it somewhat dry while multing a track and then sending that to an Aux track with an effect and blend to taste while hard panning it to one side or the other.

I should add that with the multing a track, that track itself often ends up supporting the middle.
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:52 AM
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Default Re: Guitar panning tips please

Cheers dude I've mostly done electric guitar stuff, I like the idea of the aux effect to one side I'm gonna try this

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any one else out there with some views and tips on this
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Default Re: Guitar panning tips please

I've had some success with panning doubled guitars to the same side - say 40 and 50 to the right and sending them both to a reverb with the sends panned to the left i.e. -40 and -50 and adjust to taste.

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Default Re: Guitar panning tips please

Also, on many of these songs, there are other guitar parts and layers going on besides the basic rhythm parts. These may be panned in other places in the stereo field.

And one other thing that seems to be common, is that when the chorus comes in, the rhythm guitar is tracked again, and panned right around the center. This adds extra oomph to the choruses.
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Default Re: Guitar panning tips please

A cool trick is to pan two separately recorded track hard left and right....

Then record a third track a lot cleaner than the previous two and run it up the centre to add some more presence. You can then bring in the centre track in choruses etc to drive the song more without the listener really knowing why.
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