when i am arranging a music i want a good wide stereo image, so for example i use a pad that have a wide stereo image. but when i am mixing that music, i notice that my left and right channels are very different from each other, because of that pad i used. i can clearly see that on my izotope stereo imager. so here is my question: can i still have the benefit of that pads wide stereo image but also have the same left and right channel?or is there any method for joint the left and right channel?

  • In simple terms, the wide stereo image is because of that difference between the channels, so you can't really have one without the other - but why do you want the left and right channels to be similar? Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 13:55
  • It also depends on how the pad is generating the wide stereo. If it's done by using different sounds in each channel, then panning them towards centre would simply narrow the field. if, however it was doing it by adjusting the phase of one side against the other, then narrowing the field would tend towards silence.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 13:59
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    Ah you're having what are called "translation problems", as in your mix doesn't translate to different listening environments. That's very common. That means you have to keep working on the mix to adjust the levels and EQ so that it sounds better in more places. It's not usually a stereo imaging problem. Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 15:59
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    @ToddWilcox - it probably took me 20 years to get rid of that issue; years of 'take the mix home, to the car, anywhere random'... I solved mine by eventually getting "the right monitors"* for my workroom. *Not necessarily the most expensive; I went from Genelec to dynaudio.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 16:12
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    I'm voting to close/migrate this question as off-topic because it belongs on sound.stackexchange.com
    – Stinkfoot
    Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 19:45

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There is a recording technique that might go a long way towards solving your issue. Explanation of the technique is probably to lengthy to explain here, but if interested, you may study up on it by researching "Mid-Side Stereophony". When applied correctly, it can create an aural center channel between your left and right side, with correct phase relationships between them, also allowing the combination of both channels into a monophonic mix should one be needed. Mixing can be less problematic if correct recording techniques are utilized initially.


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