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Why is this track mixed with the bass out of the left channel, instead of center?
Old 31st January 2013
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Why is this track mixed with the bass out of the left channel, instead of center?

Ok so,

Obviously they're going for the 60s vibe here. I was deconstructing this recording and noticed that the bass is panned far left. I'm guessing considering the context this is emulating 'mixing for mono' that was done in the 60s because of the one speaker radios people tended to listen to music on at the time. But why is it like this? and how come it works?

Apart from this I notice the voice is off slightly to the left the guitars organs to the far right and backing vocals are basically stereo.

I guess the producer Dave Fridmann either ran it through real tape or used a tape saturation plug in. He probably used a wow and flutter effect too, which is very noticable on the opening vocal line.

Anyone else care to deconstruct this song?

[YOUTUBE]Ok so,

Obviously they're going for the 60s vibe here. I was deconstructing this recording and noticed that the bass is panned far left. I'm guessing considering the context this is emulating 'mixing for mono' that was done in the 60s because of the one speaker radios people tended to listen to music on at the time. But why is it like this? and how come it works?

Apart from this I notice the voice is off slightly to the left the guitars organs to the far right and backing vocals are basically stereo.

I guess the producer Dave Fridmann either ran it through real tape or used a tape saturation plug in. He probably used a wow and flutter effect too, which is very noticable on the opening vocal line.

Anyone else care to deconstruct this song?

Cheers,
Jack

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Old 31st January 2013
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Can't get the youtube vidya to show up for some reason :/
Old 31st January 2013
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I can't warch the vid ATM, but that type of panning was really common in the early days of stereo. No one new how to use it to its "best" yet. Said differently, there were no norms in place, they were still inventing the norms as they went. Check out some of the Beatles tunes and you'll hear even weirder panning choices.
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