Panning Techniques That Make Your Music Dance

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As mixing engineers, we want to breathe life into our creations. And, ladies, we need to remember how we listened to songs when we were little girls. Did you twirl around and dance to the music? Maybe you still do — and that is fantastic! What if you could achieve those “twirls” and movement in your mix? Well, you can! The movement of your mix is controlled by YOU, and you can bring your mix to life with some small, but very effective panning moves.

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The Magical Doubled Guitar Trick

 

 

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Hey! So you captured the perfect guitar performance and you are done tracking the song. You want to get a doubled sound to pan far left and far right, but you only have one great take. Recording a second double part is not an option (no time, guitarist is not available, tracking was done months ago, string broke, lol) but you want that wide stereo sound. Here is the answer to your dilemma. This trick can work well with any instrument under the same circumstances. It works when you have a repetitive chord progression.

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Women. Home Studios. DAWs. Woohoo!

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So, you love mixing music, and you have no Y chromosome. You are in the right place! Mixing, mastering, recording, producing, audio editing — these skills are not accomplished with anything below our belt line. We use our ears, our minds, and our hearts. The fact that most mixing engineers are males is just one of those things. Like the gender dynamics that existed in the medical field decades ago, when the term “doctor” produced an image of a middle-aged male with a smile and a stethoscope. But times keep on changing. Although we may still visualize a music producer or mixing engineer as a male in the framework of our mind, the access of affordable home recording and mixing technology is in the hands of everyone who wants to create music. Everyone. And I have a feeling that there are females out there who are rockin’ the Auralex off of their home studios. Ladies, this blog’s for you!

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