My question is for those MIXING SURROUND MUSIC. How do you guys decide whether to use a surround channel vrs a stereo or mono channel for your 5.1 mix? Is it all based on whatever is sent (some tracks come in mono, others stereo, while others may have been recorded as surround tracks)? If you have a stereo track do you have to upmix it first before you can effectively use it within the project?
What’s your basic routing scheme? It seems logical to me to use stereo and mono tracks, for clearer defined source points, that are then sent to surround busses and then blend them there in a single environment. But I’ve seen many screen shots of mixers using lots of surround channels as well as stereo and mono. But the majority of those sessions were sound design projects, not strictly music. So it just makes sense that there would be a difference.
Could anyone here explain the decision process on which types of channels to use and where to decide when they become surround data in a music mix?