Is the pan in percentage? Also, what perspective is it supposed to achieve? That is, with those settings is it supposed to sound like you're in the audience of a concert, or is this more representative of a studio setting?
Thanks, by the way. I'm collecting information like this.
I don't dispute your comment, just don't understand it. Could you elaborate?
Love your R.A.W. stuff by the way!
Orchestral instruments are mostly recorded in stereo at more distance than studio samples, and lots of times in concert halls. This means they will have more ambience. This ambience will sound less natural when midi panning is used, because it discards some of the stereo information instead of narrowing it. If you use a DSP panner like the ones found in Gigastudios' DSP mixer to narrow the panning it preserves the original data. If samples are recorded far (like 10-15 meters) you should be careful with narrowing the image at all. If we're talking mono instruments that are recorded dry midi panning will do fine. I hope this clears it up a bit.