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Old 01-24-2012, 09:30 PM
RRuskin RRuskin is offline
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Originally Posted by Doug Young View Post
Correct. "panning" a stereo signal to the right basically turns off the signal going to the left, and vice versa. Do you have some type of recording software? You should be able to try this yourself to make it clearer.

But when recording in stereo, really, I all but ignore the pan control. That's not really something that gets involved in a proper stereo recording. You create the image with the mic placement. if you have to adjust the pan control, you set up the mics wrong or set your preamp levels wrong.
What is described above is a "balance" control. It will allows for biasing the sound from one side or the other to whatever degree desired but it cannot change the width of the field.

Technically speaking, "panning" has to do with where you place a mono signal within a stereo or multi-channel soundfield.

It's my usual practice to send each mic of a stereo pair to it's own mono channel so that I can have total control of the final stereo width of what was recorded.
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