I've had this question on my mind for a couple years and am just finally getting around to posting it in this forum.
Over the last few years, I have read various articles about the importance of panning and stereo placement. I have observed several authors saying that the stereo spectrum as well as the frequency spectrum is a limited commodity and not to clutter it up with redundant items.
My dilemma is that I will produce a basic song and get all of the mono items sitting well in the mix, but when it comes to recording a guitar signal through a POD or a soft piano through Gigastudio I'm not sure how to proceed as far as stereo placement. One of the claims to fame on hardware like the POD is the excellent stereo reverbs and delays built in. So in my mind, it's important to record it as a stereo track. But when it comes mix time, panning a stereo track doesn't work too well. I could split the track to dual mono, but then won't I be negating the optimal stereo reverb and delay arrangements in the Pod?
Do you all split all your stereo tracks to mono and process them individually?