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Old 16th June 2005 | Show parent
 
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It seems a lot of that technique has to do with the arrangement too: there's usually something to compliment each instrument on each side. Knowing that you're going to mix like that beforehand can help too. To me, instruments panned hard right or left seem to come more toward the center the lower they are in volume. Bleed or some sort of effect return is a possible reason for the spread you're talking about. I've started mixing like this (more or less exclusively) after reading posts by some of the veterns on this page, I can't remember exactly. Yeah, I love that old-school sound.

Limiting your options can sometimes (in this case) be great. It's almost like an early sort of digital (on, off, 0/1).