May 20, 2008, 5:17am, marcblack30 wrote:This is interesting, i guess i always mix from a drummers perspective. listening to some tunes this morning and i hear the drums mixed both ways, is there really a standard? my drum software by default is from a drummers perspective as well.Hey marcblack30,Like jeff mentioned, as far as I know, and what I've read, it's all a matter of taste which way one prefers ta' pan the drums. I used ta' pan 'em from the drummer's perspective years ago, but then I read about those who pan them in the opposite direction and tried it out, and got ta' thinking..."Ya' know, that makes more sense ta' me, 'cause the listener or the audience never hears or sees the drums from the drummer's perspective".So from that point on, I started panning the opposite direction. But there again, it's all just a matter of taste, and what one engineer/producer/musician prefers to another. And so I guess my thinking is...I have my instruments (guitar, bass, drums, keys, and other miscellaneous items) panned according to how they would be positioned on a stage, and what they would sound like if I were observing the stage from the audience's point of view, thus the panning for drums would be from right to left instead of left to right, which is the typical drummer's perspective. Just my .02.BTW...my drum software & modules & things usually default to the drummer's perspective as well. I always end up changing it somewhere down the line. I recall my old version of BFD has a setting in it where all I had ta' do was click on a button, and I could change the perspective back 'n forth. Don't know if that feature still exists in the newer versions these days, but it was a really cool feature.Quote:may have to start another thread.Just might. It might be interesting ta' see how others set up their drum panning, if at all.