I’ve been using ‘stereo combined panners’ on my tracks and busses. Probably mostly because they look cool … but also with some vague idea that, for example, a horn section should have a wider presence in the sound field than a more localized sax solo. I don’t know if my recent experience is linked to 'stereo combined panners specifically, or would apply to any pan setting.
Anyway, I imported a friend’s project via OMF (which apparently doesn’t carry panning info.)
He had done left and right mono tracks of most of his guitar tracks … but a few leads were just mono.
I routed the mono lead track into a stereo group buss with lead fx and then to a ‘guitars’ stereo buss.
mono>stereo buss>stereo buss>main stereo
The two busses were each panned all the way wide (I wanted to route different lead sections with different panning to the lead fx buss, so I assumed I needed the full sound field to do this).
With this, the panner on the mono track didn’t seem to have any effect … the sound always came through centered. I could only move it by narrowing and moving the combined panner on the fx lead buss.
So, I thought, ‘ahah!,’ I’ll just change the fx lead buss to mono (forgetting for the moment that I wanted to be able to send other lead tracks to the buss). Voila! The panner in my guitar track disappeared and while I could now move my lead, I no longer could use that set up for additional placement through the lead fx buss.
Anyway, I was disconcerted to recogniize that there was an awful lot more to routing and panning than I thought I knew.
Here’s my questions.
Is any of the above a product of the type of panner, i.e., stereo combined, I’ve chosen? Or would the result of inability to hear the panning adjustments made on the mono track be the same, regardless?
Along similar lines, is there any practical/ pragmatic difference between using the different panners … or is it basically a work flow preference?
IF there are practical differences, would there be any specific type of application for each panner, such that you might want to mix them up on a track by track or buss by buss basis?
Is my inability to pan from the track to a full stereo field (fsf) buss routed to another fsf buss, due to the track being mono, or would the result be the same with a stereo track?
Finally, is it the case that when you route from a fsf buss 1 to fsf buss 2, all panning of tracks going into fsf buss 1 will be lost coming out of fsf buss 2?
Thanks in advance, Gurus.