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Old 18th September 2010, 04:48 AM   #1
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Default "Split" LCR Pan Pot-Good or bad idea?

Hey all-

I've recently experimented with a way to get true LCR panning from a single ordinary pot, but I was wondering if anyone else has tried this before. What I did was I took the two outputs from the pan pot which I re-labeled as 1 and 2, then run them to three assign switches to the masters: LC for panning between Left (1) and Center (2), CR for panning between Center (1) and Right (2), and Stereo for ordinary left-right panning. (I've also provided a fourth switch that sends to Center only, bypassing the pan entirely).

From experiments, it seems to work well with both LC and CR and the only con I could imagine is that I would need to put a sign on the board that reads "Pan at the center position does NOT mean routed to Center only".

Is this a good idea or should I just go back to a stereo master?
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Old 18th September 2010, 05:21 AM   #2
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If it works for you and you understand it, then it's a good idea. Pan controls are rarely used - usually just to tweak a setup once or twice. They're used a lot more in car audio where the passenger and driver have different ideas of appropriate volume levels.
Listen to the music through the stereo, not the stereo through the music.
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