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Does DAW panning degrade your signal?
Old 14th July 2015
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Does DAW panning degrade your signal?

Dear high enders: does panning in the DAW degrade your signal? In the same way that (some say!) digital summing degrades the signal?

Please no analog versus digital. (Since everyone loves ITB and everyone loves OTB. cool?) So -- do you trust your DAW to pan, or do you work in mono ITB and pan via hardware?

Thank you for your thoughts..

Old 14th July 2015
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DAW 'panning' if it imitates usual analogue panning will not degrade the signal, it is a simple level control. However, there is an argument for 'super' panning which incorporates frequency selective time differences left/right (The shuffler circuit used by EMI and proposed years earlier by Blumlein and others).
Strictly the Blumlein approach, which is readily achievable with DAW processing SHOULD be much better than simple level difference.
Matt S
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