Dominant ears/sides

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Squaysh, May 20, 2004.

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  1. Squaysh

    Squaysh Guest

    When mixing, does anyone feel as though they have a dominant side/ear? Meaning, is there a side (L-R) that you sort of build your mixes around when you pan and mix? Do you find yourself putting a favorite track on a specific side and than building your mix around that?

    I ask this because ill sometimes find myself doing this. Ill usually begin to build my mixes in the high end first. Being that the high hat is usually placed more towards the left in my mixes, i build my mix around the left ear in a sense, which is my dominant side. However, it doenst appear to hinder my mixing ability or give the mix an unbalanced feel (at least i HOPE NOT!), it just simply gives me a starting point. Though, it depends for what kind of mix im doing as well. For example, i use the high hat when im mixing a ''band mix'' because of its high end, but when i dont have drums in the mix, or if it is much more of a stripped down mix, i will than base my mixing from the center and use other means of ''sonic sorting''.

    What are some of your takes on this subject?
  2. dymaxian

    dymaxian Guest

    I'm not an old hand at this, but I do things pretty much in reverse from you. I do my first mix in mono, starting at the bottom and working my way up. I mix the drums around the overheads, but once the drums are in good balance to each other, I start adding the other instruments from the bass on up from there. Then when I get a decent mono mix, I spread everything out into the stereo ranges. The hi-hat to me is one of the easiest things to get right in the mix, so I leave that for last.

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  3. sneak

    sneak Active Member

    Apr 27, 2004
    I always begin with the basskick and then the rest of the drums, then bass and guitars and then vocals.
  4. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    I usually get a rough mix down, aproximate levels i want, then I get the vocal right and work from there. the vocal is usually the most important part of pop music so everything else relegates to it.
  5. jodyjfk

    jodyjfk Guest

    Hmmmm...I think we're missing the original point of the poster (Squaysh) here.
    Yes, I have a dominant side. And it's just recently changed!
    I have a slight hearing loss in my right ear. It's been like this for years, and yet my dominant side was right!. I'd pan the juicy acoustic to the right, etc.
    Now I find myself doing the same thing on the left side!
    Here's the weird thing: when I pan something to the middle and I put myself in the middle of the speakers (soundfield), or wear headphones, I sense it as being right in the middle. Seems my brain is compensating for my right ear.
    I do, however, still pan the hat a little to the right. I always pan drums to the audience perspective.
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