Sound engineering expert Bobby Owsinski considers panorama, or panning (which introduces a new sound element into the soundfield) to be an invaluable for shaping the quality and characteristics of a sound mix. Panning has three main aspects — a central aspect, an extreme hard left and an extreme hard right — which can all be used to add clarity, depth and power to different sound elements. However, it is important to avoid panning stereo effects — especially for big, loud instruments — hard left or hard right in quick succession, which can clutter up the soundfield and create an auditory jumble.
- Panning has the ability to not only add variety and motion to your track, but can also add a certain level of clarity.
- We now have so many recording and mixing options that were not available in the 1960’s when stereos first came out.
- At first, mixing difficulties came into place when it came to low-frequencies being added to tracks.
“The center is obvious in that the most prominent music element (like the lead vocal) is usually panned there, but so is the kick drum, bass guitar, and even the snare drum. Although putting the bass and kick up the middle makes for a musically coherent and generally accepted technique, its origins come really from the era of vinyl records.”