5 Minutes To A Better Mix III: Panning Pockets

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Part 27 of 31When it comes to random tracks like percussion and delay returns, the question arrises: where do I pan them? Lately I’ve been finding these panning pockets in my mixes that work quite well.

In Between LCR

If you’re like me, you employ what’s called LCR panning. While not only giving you a wide and clear mix with plenty of separation, it also opens up some pockets in between the 3 panning points for some final supplemental tracks.

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3 Responses to “5 Minutes To A Better Mix III: Panning Pockets”

  1. Noah Copeland

    See, I think the reason I have been apprehensive about LCR in the past is because of how much I love putting percussion and extra candy in the “pockets.”
    I think I naturally mix in LCR and then always fill the pockets. So when I first heard someone say “only pan in the L, C, or R!” and I freaked out because I utilize the pockets in between. I guess LCR and the pockets are just fancy ways of saying “panning wisely,” with LCR being the base. But I might just be rambling. Oh well, thanks for tip Graham! keep em coming. We home studio people really appreciate what you do.

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  2. Pete Bontej

    Great video. I as well don’t understand the all the weird backlash LCR panning gets. It’s such a simple technique and makes making the static mix so easy. However, usually when it comes down to the real meat of mixing, I find that slightly breaking the rules like you mention with the pockets is the one thing that will help you the most.

    For example, quite a number of times, but not all the time, I found that the drum overheads sound the best when panned at around 25 L and R. It’s a great technique if you’re trying to get that “live in the room” sound, because if you were actually sitting in the room with the band playing, the drums wouldn’t be extremely wide and coming at you from extreme left and extreme right, it would be a little bit more focused. However, I have mixed a number of songs where the overheads sound AWESOME panned hard stereo. When in doubt I keep them at 50.

    I love LCR panning, it’s sped up my mixing and helped me visualize how I’m going to mix each element a lot easier. I also fell in love with adding in the 50% pan position. Now that I experimented with filling in the 25% and 75% positions, I’m convinced I have all the pan positions I will ever need.

    Again, great video Graham. Keep it up.

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