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reverb busses...what do you do?

Discussion in 'Studio Techniques' started by ryguy76, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. ryguy76

    ryguy76 Member

    I'm setting up a template for a typical recording session, and was wondering how everyone sets their reverb busses up.

    I was about to set up a stereo reverb bus, then asked myself if I have a mono source such as guitar hard panned, doesn't it defeat the pan effect by sending to a stereo reverb. I believe it would. So what good is a reverb bus to the signals which aren't center panned? Are overhead drums, snare, vocals etc, the only ones you send then?

    I realize that I could send post-pan, but the "good" reverbs don't send the returns with respect to the pan knob. Why is this?

    Also, what is the meaning of "true" pan, where I've read to use the DirMix plugin instead of the pan knob?

    help please... :)
  3. Jay Asher

    Jay Asher Senior member

    IMHO reverb by definition is stereo because ambience is stereo but many of the reverbs allow some stage positioning if post-pan sending alone does not work for you.

    In Logic on a stereo track the pan knob is not really a pan knob but a balance control, like on a home stereo, To achieve real panning, you do indeed have to use the Direction Mixer, which also has some other advantages when you get familiar with it.
  4. Pete Thomas

    Pete Thomas Administrator Staff Member

    It's also possible to use binaural panning, by choosing binaural from the CS output then click on the panner. I'm not sure of any problems using this on audio that isn't binaural, so I use it sparingly and carefully.
  5. Jay Asher

    Jay Asher Senior member

    Phasing issues, maybe, Pete?

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