On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 01:23:02AM -0400, Tim E. Real wrote:
> I noticed our app uses this pan formula:
6 dB actually.
> But according to , we should be using a Pan Law ,
There are two independent issues involved here:
1. The attenuation at the center w.r.t. to extreme L and R.
2. Whether the center or the extremes should be 0 dB.
(2) is very much a matter of taste and of virtually no practical
consequence : you will adjust the fader (channel gain) to get
the right balance anyway.
Regarding (1), if you take psycho-acoustics into account you'd
want -6 dB at the center for low frequencies and -3 dB for high
frequencies, with a gentle crossover at around 500 Hz or so.
So the SSL compromise of -4.5 dB makes sense.
Note that unless you use the panner to move a sound around
during a mix, all of this hardly matters: you will adjust
the balance anyway and compensate for whatever the panner
Returning to (2): for a panner (mono -> stereo) I'd prefer
0 dB at L and R. For a balance control (stereo -> stereo)
I'd prefer 0 dB at the center position.
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