How Would You Pan Guitars?

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by drumrob, Jun 2, 2004.

  1. drumrob

    drumrob Active Member

    Jun 2, 2004
    Eugene, Oregon
    Hi Everybody!

    I've been lurking for a while here, but now I've registered and joined the fray. I'm a video, audio and DVD producer, and also a drummer - go ahead and hit me with the drummer jokes - I can take it! :<)

    I'm working on a guitar project currently and am curious as to how you folks would choose to pan the guitars. Most of the tracks consist of two acoustic guitars. I have recorded each of them in stereo. So far I have achieved a nice sound with panning the "lead" guitar full L and R, with the rhythm guitar panned about 9 and 3 o'clock. I've also tried putting the rhythm guitar right down the center. On a previous project, I also had good results with panning one guitar about 9 o'clock and the other about 3 o'clock. That project was more about two players trading off leads, though, so that seemed to suit the songs better. Ultimately I know my ears will be the final judge (along with the guitar player, of course!), but would appreciate any comments, suggestions from the esteemed RO crew.


    (FWIW, Yamaha 4416 multitrack, recording with Audio-Technica 4047 near the sound hole, an Oktava MC-012 pointed at the 12th fret, Blue Mouse -what a mic! - for vocals on a couple of tracks.)
  2. ShellTones

    ShellTones Guest

    Sounds to me like you have answered your own question.

    I've panned rhythm 9 and 3 with the lead down the middle.

    I've panned one 9 and 12, and the other 12 and 3.

    Just experiment and have fun.
  3. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

    Mar 28, 2001
    does anybody listen to recorded music anymore?

    seriously though. Questions like these can probably be answered even better by listening to recordings that have the subject matter in question.

    How does "Staind", or "Led Zep", "The Beatles", etc...pan their guitars?

    ....many ways...listen and get some ideas....

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