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I assume when you say "a large part of the pad sound" you are refering specifically to the dynamics and stereo width (tone) of the synth. As stereo instruments are positioned within the stereo field, their overall volume will differ if summed to mono, increasing or sometimes decreasing the volume slightly. The reason for this is to do with the phase ...


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When I was learning about compression, I found the answer in its name. "Compression," "Compressor," it is a unit that compresses sound waves. They are used to dynamically control levels within your mix. As far as compressing your drums, they likely need compression if they haven't already been processed (like a pre-made loop etc.). To understand a compressor,...


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If you have wide-sounding pads with poor mono compatibility, the chances are that it is using some kind of phase-inversion to achieve this apparent width. When you add two phase-inverted signals together they cancel each other out & if perfectly out of phase, you get silence. One trick to avoid this is to put a slight delay on one side of the signal ...


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