slightly offtopic- help with compression, changes pan?

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by cotenyc, Nov 12, 2007.

  1. cotenyc

    cotenyc Active Member

    Hey guys,
    After using countless plugings like waves, tc etc..
    I decided to spring for the waves ssl plugins
    I'm not very familiar with "real" higher end hardware, so maybe this is to be expected, but why when is it when apply a good amount of squeeze does the stereo panning change?

    Also, is there a way to not get this effect?

    I'm trying to get vocals to sit well, but they keep jumping left a bit.

    Thank you so much
  2. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Sounds like the (2) channels are not "linked" in a stereo configuration (as opposed to a "dual-mono" config). This is a standard feature in most 2-channel hardware compressors to avoid what you are complaining about. Try that...
  3. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    It can also happen like this too:

    You set a compressor for a fast attack and slow release...the bass that is slightly off to the left disappears because the attack is too quick for it so now the left side seems off balance and the right becomes more prevalent...etc.

    This is just an example of one scenario - perhaps the easiest to predict. However, bass isn't usually off to one side, so this is probably not the exact cause, but it could be that squeezing too hard, too fast, too slow or a combination of all of the above is too much for it.
  4. cotenyc

    cotenyc Active Member

    Do you recommend I use a stereo compressor then on bass and vocals even though they are mono?

    Also I'm using the channel strip which is multi band, maybe the frequencies are pulling each other?

    Thanks for your tips'
  5. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mono on mono.
    Avoid the multi-band like the plague.
  6. MediaMurder

    MediaMurder Guest

    Maybe EQ, then compress?
  7. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Sometimes, yes...

    Other times, no...

    Which sounds better?

    Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't.

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