Quick Tip #4 – Panning Your Drum Samples (2)

Panning Your Drum Samples (2)

For those of you that
liked the first Quick Tip about panning your drum samples, I made another video with two extra panning techniques. In short for those who prefer reading, these are the techniques I talk about in the video:

Technique #3: Panning and Layering Sounds

There’s one simple technique that a techno-producer once told me and that I’ve been applying ever since to strengthen my clap and snare drum samples:

Layer three equal drum sounds on top of each other and pan one of them close to the far right (between + 80 / 90), one of them close to the far left (between – 80 / 90) and leave one exactly in the middle. This will create a very spacious, hefty, and far-reaching sound. Try it out yourself! A good idea is to slightly pitch the left and right drum samples up and down to avoid phasing problems.

Technique #4: Panning Instruments

A similar technique works very well for some instruments. If you have a tight chord-playing instrument (e.g. a pad synth or strings) with a solid and supporting role but you don’t want it taking up too much space: Copy the pattern and again, pan one of them really close to the right border (between + 90  / 99) and one of them really close to the left border (between – 90 / 99). This way, you can save lots of room in the center of your beat, for example for your main melody line or lead vocal.  I discovered this semi-accidentally when I was experimenting and messing around with it and I was very surprised about the amazing result.


Quick Tip #4 Panning:

In case you recorded a supporting instrument like a pad synth or string sound and you don’t want it to use up too much space in the middle of your beat, try copying the pattern and panning one near the left edge of the panning spectrum and one near the right edge. This will create great room in the center of your beat!


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