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Pan law discussion! 2.5 vs 3, 4.5, and 6 decibels.
Old 4th December 2017
  #31
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Originally Posted by Chip Booth View Post
I have been struggling with this effect lately. I have a mix with requires a piano hard panned, and it practically disappears in mono. A reverb was partly to blame for some cancellation and I solved that. Still, the track will poke your ear out if you balance in mono then switch back to stereo. I don't generally mix for mono, but it's still a great reference. Other than splitting the difference does anyone have a suggestion for dealing with this issue?

And no, this has nothing to do with pan law!
Sounds like you have a super wide sounding piano? A mono source, panned one way, should not disappear in mono. A wide stereo source might. You could try narrowing the piano sound (or even mono-ing it) and then panning that? That way you’re dealing with the same sound when mono or stereo.
Old 5th December 2017
  #32
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Originally Posted by psycho_monkey View Post
Sounds like you have a super wide sounding piano? A mono source, panned one way, should not disappear in mono. A wide stereo source might. You could try narrowing the piano sound (or even mono-ing it) and then panning that? That way you’re dealing with the same sound when mono or stereo.
It's a straight up mono source. "Disappear' is too strong a word (even though I used it), but the decrease in volume is way more than what one would expect from 3db. I suspect there is some frequency masking going on in the mix, and I just need to continue to work to solve the issues.

Thanks also for your thoughts leckel1996. I suspect EQ is at the heart of the problem. I have been paying a lot more attention to mono lately, for just the reasons you mentioned.
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