I was wondering if there are any suggested presets for panning the various sections. In the past when working with orchestral compositions I rarely pan anything beyond 30% in either direction. To thicken the sound of the string sections I usually double a couple of the solo strings on the same part with very low volume levels. I'm worried that 20% to the left on the violins section might mean something different than 20% to the left on a solo violin.
Ok, so I've figured out approximations of the presets for the strings. They are as follows:
1st Violins 70% to the left
2nd Violins 30% to the left
Violas 20% to the left
Celli 50% to the right
Basses 80% to the right
Honestly, I think this is too balanced and not really typical of what it sounds like in an auditorium or in a live recording. My suggestions are as follows:
1st Violins 20% to the left
2nd Violins 10% to the left
Celli 10% to the right
Basses 20% to the right
Last edited by Dane Grant; 12-06-2010 at 08:18 PM.
Reason: answered my own question
That's a good point. If you were conducting an orchestra in the dessert you would hear the violins coming from your left ear significantly more than in if you were conducting the same orchestra in a concert hall. Consequently, I usually pan the instruments before adding the reverb effects.
If you are panning for the purpose of making each instrument sound like it is placed in a certain position relative to the other instruments then you might consider doing the panning with the reverb engaged so that you will hear the sounds as they will be heard by the listener of the finished product.
Most things done to a mix are best done in the context of the full mix, including things like EQ, so you hear them in proper context.