How do I use the Pan knob while recording?

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Marijuana Czar
Member Since: Oct 01, 2009

Hey I want to be able to pan a hat loop from the left over to the right gradually, but I can't figure out how to do it.
I use a mixer going into my pc to my DAW.
Is there something in the DAW mixer that will do it? I use cubase & occasionally fl studio 9 xxl. Or do I use my real mixer to do it?
I'm lost on this. I know that I could break the hats into small samples and pan it that way but it doesnt sound as real if I do that, I've tried.

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Formally Hydrial69
Since: May 06, 2009

Feb 21, 2010 09:56 am

there are many options, but im not sure what cubase makes easiest. you can rout that channel out of the mixer and then re record whats coming out of that channel, so you can do the pan manually. or you can use automation, and there are still other choices, but like i said, i dont match up to cubase users here :P

I am not a crook's head
Since: Mar 14, 2003

Feb 21, 2010 02:23 pm

In Cubase, you'd use automation to achieve this, assuming that the hi-hat is on its own track.

On the hi-hat track, click the "W" or "Write" button (I think it's a red button). Now play your project by hitting "Play" on the transport bar. Now, whatever you do while the project is playing and while the Write button is depressed will be recorded onto the automation track that accompanies the hi-hat track. Once you're finished, unclick the Write button and depress the Read button (which I think is a green button). Now play it again, and it should repeat anything you fiddled with while the Read button was depressed. As long as that Read button stays enabled, it'll repeat any automation.

You can automate all sorts of stuff. Volume, panning, FX parameters on your VST plugins, all sorts of fun stuff.

One thing to remember is that when it comes time to mix down your project, make sure to check the box in the Audio Mixdown dialog box that says something like "include automation and FX". Otherwise it will ignore your automation on your final mixdown and cause lots of frustration until you figure out how the hell it decided to do that :D

Czar of Turd Polish
Since: Jun 20, 2006

Feb 22, 2010 12:30 pm

Keep in mind that even if your HH is on it's own track it will be on OH's as well and depending on the volume between the two, it might sound cool or it might sound weird as hell.

Marijuana Czar
Since: Oct 01, 2009

Feb 22, 2010 09:52 pm

the automation in cubase worked great, cheers tad

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