PANNING ---Reggae Music - NEED Help PANNING

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Member Since: Mar 21, 2004

I am recording my first Reggae CD.

How should I "pan" the following instrument. I will play the different instrument parts on my "KORG Le Triton Keyboard."

1. Drums

2. Bass

3. Keyboard Strum

4. Guitar Strum

5. Solos

6. Lead and back vocals

Is there any information on the web that will give me some more knowledge on panning.

Yeah Mon - One love

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Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

Mar 21, 2004 10:30 pm


A good place to start is where you would have your members in the band placed. From Pan full in either direction envision where each instrument would be on stage. Examples: Singer front and pan. Next right guitar...29 right. Drum kit further right.... you see the pattern. From there you can experiment. Now using paning as an effect is another horse. Moving sounds around via panning for effect is totaly up to your imagination. Other things to try are seperation of instruments that colide tonaly. A guitar which is playing a lot of low register stuff may be panned far from the bass for further definition. This is also good learning stuff for band set up if you play live. Per mix down of one band I did a bit back they changed their stage set up for just the reason I stated above. The bass and guitar where right next to each other and causing all kinds of sonic infighting. Once they moved apart their live performance improved greatly.

Have fun!

Since: Mar 21, 2004

Mar 22, 2004 04:31 pm

Thanx alot. nuff respect

One love

Since: Mar 16, 2004

Mar 23, 2004 12:27 am

A good way to learn is to listen to some CDs on a stereo or headphones and note where the different instruments are on the 'sound stage'. Usually, Vocals and bass are center, drums are center but spread out so the toms and cymbals are opened up. Then you can pan guitars and keyboard opposite each other and the background vocal off center. Have fun playing around to get a nice balanced sound so that there is some music coming from all areas.

...bringing sexy back
Since: Jul 01, 2002

Mar 23, 2004 08:43 am

welcome seanmikal!

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