Audio Fundamentals Tutorial

Panning Explained®

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    Introduction (4:09)


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    Pan Laws (3:22)


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    Frequency and Sound Localization (9:47)


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    Panning FX (6:56)


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    Creating Stereo and Doubles (11:30)


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    Stereo FX (9:21)


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    Drums and Percussion (12:38)


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    Bass, Keys and Piano (9:01)


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    Guitars (5:06)


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    Vocals (9:59)


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    Finished Mix (4:03)


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    LCR Mixing and Panning Approach (12:56)


When mixing, something as simple as positioning a sound to the left or right may seem like a simple thing, but it makes all the difference between a good mix and a great one. Multi-Platinum mixer Kenny Gioia breaks down the art of Panning, so you get a solid foundation and advanced knowledge of this basic, but incredibly important mixing technique.

Kenny starts with an introduction, where he goes through the basics of Panning and how it's used in modern production. Then, Kenny makes the complicated concept of using Pan Laws simple, and how to set them correctly in your DAW. Frequency and Sound Localization is then discussed, as well as Panning FX such as Auto-Pan, Rotating Speakers and using Automation in your DAW to design cool moving effects.

Creating Stereo & Doubles are up next, and Kenny explains how to go Stereo from Mono sources, and how to use Delays and Shift Tracks to imitate Doubling, while being aware of Comb Filtering and Phase issues. Making Wide Stereo FX with Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Flange and Ping Pong Delays is then shown, giving new life to your old effects!

Now that you have the basics down, Kenny goes over how to Pan each track in a mix, including Drums, Percussion, Bass, Keyboards, Piano, Guitars and Vocals. He even includes the finished mix of the song so you can hear how the individual panned tracks sound in the mix. Lastly, LCR Mixing and Panning has become very popular lately and Kenny demonstrates why and how to adjust your mix to match these industry standard rules.

If you're a mixer, engineer, producer or just someone getting into recording, this series is an absolute must have. You can't build your sonic temple on a weak foundation. Make yours strong... Watch "Panning Explained" today!


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ScottH
Submitted 5 months ago

In Depth Course on Panning!

I learned a lot from this. There are a few things I have not thought of that will now make my mixes much better. Thank you!

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kblair210
Submitted 7 months ago

Good Information

Panning isn't even something I gave much thought to beyond the basics. This series did a good job of raising awareness of so much more.

I am a: Beginner, Student, Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Studio One

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Bruno
Submitted 1 year ago

very helpfull!

he hi s the guru man always good in his exposition, good!

I am a: Hobbyist

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Cutmandu
Submitted 1 year ago

Enlightening !

This opened up a new world for me, I'm learning how to mix and master and this has taught me lessons I will surely use in the near future. Great Job,and thank you!

I am a: Student, Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Ableton Live, Pro Tools

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DbLaW
Submitted 1 year ago

Excellent Tutorial

Very good and easy to understand. Great tips !!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Cakewalk Sonar

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Maidenas
Submitted 1 year ago

Very helpful !

Nicely Explained!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Logic Pro

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Vincec28
Submitted 1 year ago

Very Helpful

Very cool concepts and applications of panning I never knew about. Thanks!

I am a: Beginner, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Cubase

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waap4u
Submitted 1 year ago

Oh my goodness

I enjoyed this tutorial so much. I told myself that I will not touch any pan pot until I finished this video. I loved how he did it his was, and then did LCR and then it click. Nice teacher.

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Cubase, Logic Pro, Reason, Studio One

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tints
Submitted 1 year ago

Awesome!

fantastic!Game Changer for me personally.Have struggled with panning for years until now.

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mixtico
Submitted 2 years ago

great!!!

that helped me a lot to see (hear) different ways of working...great Approach!!!

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I've played an instrument since I was 10. Drums and Trumpet. I'm 40 now. I can play a little bit of any instrument. Master of none. Rock bands most of my life.

2. What training have you had?

I was taught trumpet classically from grade school up until I graduated high school. I went to Five Towns College for engineering and learned that you can't just learn this stuff from school. I did graduate though.

3. When did you get into recording?

I've been recording since I was 15. Two cassette players wired to a Radio Shack mixer. Eventually I got an 8 track reel to reel by Fostex. I've used just about every DAW and I started using them before they even recorded audio. Vision and Performer were just MIDI sequencers at the time. Before they became Studio Vision and Digital Performer. I got studio jobs because I knew computer MIDI and most studios didn't. I eventually moved up to Sound Tools which was two track. Then Pro Tools made a Audio Media III card which let you have 4 inputs. Gradually I moved up from there with Pro Tools D24, Pro Tools Mix to HD.

4. People you have worked with/for?

Marcy Playground
Mandy Moore
LFO
Willa Ford
Lee Ann Womack
Paulina Rubio
Hall & Oates
Bayside
Head Automatica
Cute is What We Aim For
FTSK
and many more...

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Hmmm. My Mom always said "Self Praise Stinks". I think it's because I have no ability to talk like a professional announcer, or plan out my teachings. So I teach as if you were sitting next to me. Pretty much off the cuff. I think that engages people more. We're so used to hearing everything done so properly and planned out with unnecessary explanations and proper wording that the brain will actually ignore most of it. Your brain tunes it out like you're back at your desk at school. But if the teacher grabbed you aside and just explained it to you, I believe you'd get more out of it. That is what I try to do.

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Panning Explained® is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 18 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from In Depth Course on Panning! I learned a lot from this. There are a few things I have not thought of that will now make my mixes much better. Thank you!
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good Information Panning isn't even something I gave much thought to beyond the basics. This series did a good job of raising awareness of so much more.
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very helpfull! he hi s the guru man always good in his exposition, good!
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Enlightening ! This opened up a new world for me, I'm learning how to mix and master and this has taught me lessons I will surely use in the near future. Great Job,and thank you!
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Excellent Tutorial Very good and easy to understand. Great tips !!
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful ! Nicely Explained!
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Very cool concepts and applications of panning I never knew about. Thanks!
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Oh my goodness I enjoyed this tutorial so much. I told myself that I will not touch any pan pot until I finished this video. I loved how he did it his was, and then did LCR and then it click. Nice teacher.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome! fantastic!Game Changer for me personally.Have struggled with panning for years until now.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from great!!! that helped me a lot to see (hear) different ways of working...great Approach!!!
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful! It has helped me with panning and mixing
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very well explained. Very detailed and pertinent I was looking for years about learning media on studio basic processing. This video on panning sound is very well explained and give the foundation on how to maximize using your DAW. When you mastr the basics of sound processing, then you realize that too many plugins on the market are useless...
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Impressive I was taken aback in a good way - by the LCR approach in particularly. Never was a big fan of hard left hard right until now. It is another piece to the puzzle or airing things out in a stereo mix. Quite a nifty mixing tool to say the least! Thanks Kenny
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very in depth tutorial on panning It is quite long but definitely worth the time. I really learned a lot from the videos
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nice Lesson I really like this instructor and definitely learned a bit more about panning, along with a few new ideas for creative sound design.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial!! This tutorial is dope! This is definitely a video to have access to for your projects.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Using panning in ways I did not consider I'm new to mixing, and considered panning basically LCR. This series explained some of panning features (triangle, square wave) and gave me new ideas and insights as to how to use panning in the future. I'm glad I watched, listened, and learned!
Date published: 2016-09-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from good to have seen it There are good tips in this course. I catch myself remembering back on this course while i'm mixing and applying these.
Date published: 2016-06-17
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