I dont really know which topic this belongs, because it is not really a beginners question, and it is not a tip from me to you. Maybe you have tips to me though.
Anyway… A problem I’ve had since I begun with music is to create a well balanced stereo image in my songs. When composing in Renoise, I think everything sounds so good so it all ends up with that everything are in mono but with reverb (which makes it slightly more wide.)
With strings, chords, etc I can use it with Big Tick Dual Delay;
Left Channel: 10.00 ms
Right Channel: 10.45 ms
… Then it get as wide as it can get.
So then I have things in 100% mono and in 100% stereo. But what about everything in between? Some people say that I should have every instrument in individual positions. But if I use that technique, then some parts of the song could sound too much in iether left or right channel and I hate that.
Another guy who use Reason, says that he can easy do a nice stereo image. He do use individual positions, but in another way; for instance one instrument 40% in not just one channel, but in both. With other words; 0840 and 08C0 at the same time, if you see my point.
This sounds interesting. I guess everything depends on what genre you do as well, but generally I think this technique is the most easiest and effective. The question is just how to do it. I’ve tried Stereo Separation in the DSP chains, but I dont think it works out that well. I use VSTi’s often, and they should have support of this. I think this is possible with Supwerwave P8 VSTi, but how to do it in Synth1 VSTi ? … Which I use a lot.
So, how do you guys handle this “stereo issue”?