Originally Posted by bumpyheadman
that's interesting, I've always panned evenly, but I guess I don't know much at the moment since this was my first time with instruments other than the voice so I'm taking what you wrote with a grain of salt, how were you able to tell the phase, was it equipment or just an extensively trained ear?
I didn't use equipment to check for phase issues but it can be easily checked with something like Bx Meter or any other analyzer in the plugin world. For outboard there are other tools that can be used.
To be honest I rarely use them as these comes fairly natural to me, I guess you can put it on a trained ear.
The reasoning behind the panning was that once the piano kicks in there would be a lot of information that would sit in the middle area of the mix and it will cloud it pretty much. Hence the guitar is slightly to the left and the piano slightly to the right.
Of course the guitar has some phase issues (bounces a bit from left to right) issues that can be fixed however due to the short amount of time I got to spend on it (purely because I liked the tune) I didn't get into pocketing (aligning the audio within a time frame or relative to the grid , think of quantizing for the lack of a better term).
I do switch to mono every now and again to check for such issues.
And I don't always hard pan....I just don't like to have everything far left and right although on some pop/hip-hop productions I do make them larger than life.