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So today it happened
Old 19th November 2012
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So today it happened

Mixing today... Client wanted his mono drums hard panned to the left.

Tracked at Abbey Road, good stuff. Fun.
Old 19th November 2012
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Old 19th November 2012
Why not? That's old school
Old 19th November 2012
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I'm surprised people don't do this more. It can sound great!
Old 19th November 2012
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was this fellow named Ringo Starr by chance?
Old 20th November 2012
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Old 20th November 2012
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I think daniel lanois has done this on occasion, maybe on the Shine album.
Old 20th November 2012
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The last project I did (a folk punk EP) we tracked the drums mono and put them center. Then again, the mix was loosely based on Smash by The Offspring (yes, the drums on that are mono!).
Old 20th November 2012
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At least one song on the latest Dirty Projectors album has drums panned hard to one side.
Old 20th November 2012
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The mixes on many of the Dirty Projectors' releases are suited to unusual mixing practices because the songwriting and performances are so unusual. Those seem to go hand in hand more often than not.
Old 21st November 2012
Originally Posted by TheBrightSide View Post
I'm surprised people don't do this more. It can sound great!
I agree. I wish I could convince a client to let me do this on an appropriate production.
Old 21st November 2012
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A few months ago I started a thread asking if hard panning would make a comeback.
It got a few replies, most saying that it still occurs quite a bit.
I don't hear it enough though.

The best recent example is "Trouble comes running" by Spoon.
Everything except the lead vocal is hard panned.
If you solo the left or right speaker, you hear 2 totally different mixes.
It's like a Beatles mix.
Old 21st November 2012
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I mixed a song recently where all the drums, bass and piano were panned left. Guitars, backing vocals and all panned right (except for the reverb on the choir vocals, panned that one left). Lead vocal dead center.
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