Same compressor for Stereo Signal
I’m recording solo instrumental acoustic guitar. I will be recording with 3 microphones (2 small diaphragm condensers will record in an XY pattern to capture the highs and add 3D space, 1 large diaphragm condenser microphone to pick up the meat) and also recording a direct in from the guitar to add resonance when I tune the strings WAY down.
I’d like for the small diaphragm
condensers to be panned hard left and right in the mix. I would like to keep the large diaphragm condenser and the direct in signal in the center of the mix.
Since the LDC and the direct in will essentially contribute to the same center mix, once I am very happy with their eq/levels in relationship to one another, I will send them both out of an aux bus, into an outboard compressor, then back into the recorder. By running them through the same compressor, I find that this helps to glue them together.
Likewise, I would like to add that same cohesion to the 2 small condenser microphones, which are panned hard left and right. Once I am very happy with their eq/levels in relationship to one another, I’d like to add some light compression and give them cohesion by running them through a different compressor.
My question is this; is it possible to run these L/R signals through the same compressor to add some cohesion between the two signals, but still maintain their stereo image?