Where to pan ambient choirs and such?
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Where to pan ambient choirs and such?

I got some nice choir sounds in a track and I want to know where to pan them. They sound good in the stereo field with no panning changes in pro tools. If I start moving any of the pan faders for the left or right channels, it doesn't sound as good to me. Is it common to leave ambient instruments or omnipresent choirs in the broad stereo field?
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I got some nice choir sounds in a track and I want to know where to pan them. They sound good in the stereo field with no panning changes in pro tools. If I start moving any of the pan faders for the left or right channels, it doesn't sound as good to me. Is it common to leave ambient instruments or omnipresent choirs in the broad stereo field?
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Can you elaborate? Do you automate it from right to left at different times, etc?
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i would leave it where it sounds best.
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Anyone know where i could find some good choir sounds? Some ahhs that swell
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Is it common to leave ambient instruments or omnipresent choirs in the broad stereo field?
Yeah.
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It depends.

Leaving it where it sounds best, is actually the best answer here.

Second runner up is yosemitesam's answer.

Personally, if it's a sparse arrangement I'll leave stuff like this spread out across the stereo field.

If it's a more busy song, I might pan, as well as use something like Waves S-1 Imager to narrow the width if needed.

And, if I pan, I find I have to look at the overall balance; what's already panned over there, is one side sounding heavier than another, does that even matter for this song, etc...

Or I may not worry or care about any of this and just do whatever feels good as my primary reason for doing it, versus having a rule or step to follow.

So, yeah, leave it where it sounds best in the particular song you're working on.
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