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Name: Fender Bender
Subject: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: mono vs stereo
Date: Monday, September 11, 2017
Time: 12:09:08 PM
Remote Address: 22.214.171.124
Message ID: 311099
Parent ID: 311084
Thread ID: 311064
Stereo if done properly enhances the sound of any style of music. A bad stereo mix however can actually detract. One example is the questionable (and now almost completely abandoned) 50's and early 60's practice of panning all instruments in one direction and vocals opposite, which sounds unnatural and drastically waters down the sound. The best stereo puts the rhythm and vocals toward the center and places lead instruments, fills, and orchestration off-center to some extent. Sometimes this is done with mic placement for live recordings, and sometimes in studio post-production. So even though stereo, many if not most mixes are a blend of multiple stereo and mono tracks. One stereo effect that worked well was The Who's Live at Leeds, with Daltrey (vocals) and Moon (drums) placed dead-center, while Townshend (guitar) and Entwistle (bass) were panned directly opposite left and right. For "Ya-Yas", the Stones used a similar but somewhat different approach, with Mick J., Bill, and Charlie all at the center of the sound, while Keith and Mick Taylor's guitars were directly opposite from one another. This was a very cool production approach, with the vocals up-front and rhythm solidified, while the guitar interplay was highlighted to great effect while each could be heard distinctly.
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