Panning and Stereo Width

Anyone have and tips, tricks, or best practices for panning to maximize stereo width?

Some instruments have a panned delay. Panning those left or right really just offsets the center I think.

What’s your favorite use of the panning feature in a finished track?

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Possibly the best panning I’ve seen is in the Vs collab from @xavior and @Southborne in Even Louder. They used a combination of high pass on some basses to make a panning hit that really sounds fantastic, long before the days of Auxy 5 giving panning of samples. Aside from that, there’s not much I can say.

If you’re going for true stereo expansion and width, some sounds feature it natively but they’re few and far between. The only four I can think of off the top of my head are Chalk, Grain, Cinema and Runner. If you want a real stereo expansion, your best option would be to export stems and use an external plugin in a DAW. Maybe @iammane can share if iOS has any AU’s for it xD

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I sometimes “double-track” two instances of the same instrument, panned, with different delays (usually small differences in the notes as well) to get things really spread out.

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Panning hi hats that fluctuate in pitch can be a really cool effect, if done correctly.

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I have this old project I’ve never finished with a cool panning trick on the sound Glare and a 3/16 reverb. It’s hard to describe, but Glare’s panned delay plus an automated panning creates a really cool little effect. It’s not a finished track, but I’ll try and upload a preview of what I’m talking about later.

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