I've completed work on a batch of home recorded songs and I've mixed them on and off as I've recorded as opposed to doing it all at once from scratch. I want to get that atmospheric sound to it where it feels like the sound is all around you, so I'm not sure how much I should be panning tracks left and right or how drastically to do it. I keep vocals pretty centralized for the most part. I'll put the lead vocal a couple of hairs to one side then if there's a harmony I'll put it a couple of hairs to the other side, then if there are multiple harmony tracks I'll space them out a bit further and even further if I've got a shout along gang vocal style section. Rhythm guitar I'll typically record twice with a slightly different EQ by which I mean I'll use a different pickup on the guitar, then I'll send each track as far left and as far right as possible to have it at both ends. I use a drum VST which pans each of the drums pretty realistically on its own, so I don't mess with it. The bass is kept pretty centered, as well. And any lead guitar bits are generally kept just beyond where I put the vocals on either side in the mix. My question is, is there a good method to stick to with panning/did what I wrote set off any red flags for any of your mixers... or is mixing really just subjective and there is no correct answer? Second question, I'm not using the full space of the recording. Like 0-20 (0 being center and 50 being the furthest) Left and Right are pretty occupied with everything and the rhythm guitar occupies the end of the spectrum at 50 Left and Right, but 21-49, that whole space is mostly left unoccupied save for wherever the drums are situated... will I get a more professional and atmospheric/surrounding sound if I pan more of the tracks (like guitar) into more of that unused territory? AND will having too many tracks existing around that same 0-20 space take away from the quality? Thanks! I've been curious about my "style" of mixing for some time now and would love some feedback as I obviously want to get the best sound I can get out of my recordings.