I don't want to wear out my welcome with too many questions but I had such good luck with my last one I'm gonna post another one.
My greatest recording discovery of the last few months (and maybe it's really just a cheap trick) was to take a vocal track, duplicate it, shift it forward slightly in time, then pan each track all the way to either side. It's great, I can't believe the improvement in the fullness of the sound.
But now I want to do it on EVERYTHING and I end up with 2 tracks for every take, it makes working with the arrangements a lot more difficult, and I have to assume I'm making the computer work a lot harder playing back a bunch of extra tracks.
I figured there must be a way to do this without literally copying each track, but it proved more difficult than I thought. The hard part seems to be splitting the track to the right and left channels and being able to shift one side in time differently than the other.
I finally managed this by putting a stereo delay on a mono track, setting one side to delay and the other to not delay, but to my dismay it didn't sound very good. Which surprised me because I think I was accomplishing the same thing as copying, panning, & shifting the track manually, just inside the plugin itself.
So that's the question in way too many words. Is there a good way to achieve this double track trick with a plugin or some other audiophonic tom-foolery that is currently over my head? It seems simple enough and makes me wonder if this might be a really dumb question.