Surround panner questions

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by MrPhaSe, Nov 27, 2008.

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  1. MrPhaSe

    MrPhaSe Active Member

    Nov 5, 2008
    does anybody find any real use for a surround panner? I was looking at a digidesign one that just came out... But it's friggen expensive.
    Am I mistaken or is a panner just used for positioning the recorded sounds??...
    Maybe someone can school me on panners and what they're used for.. Since your all so helpful =]
  2. dterry

    dterry Active Member

    Apr 14, 2006
    A surround panner is very useful for surround mixing - much faster to place and automate movement of sounds in a surround space with a dedicated panner.

    The mouse just doesn't always cut it, especially with automated moves. If you are just setting up panning for a stereo mix and positions are pretty much fixed, then it might not be as worthwhile.
  3. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    I've done a few live gigs where there was a need for dynamic surround sound panning of some of the channels. I came down to using a Yamaha 01V96 in its 5.1 surround mode, but without the front centre channel.

    The parameter wheel on the mixer works well for spinning the sounds and has fast and slow gears. You can set mono channels to pan circularly and the L and R channels of a stereo pair to chase each other round either at 90 or 180 degree angular separation.

    The only problem I had was due to the absence of the front centre speaker and the need to balance non-surround mono channels into the front L and R speakers, which isn't automatic on the 01V96 in 5.1 or 7.1 modes.

    Keeps the FOH engineer busy.

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