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  • Student469162
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    A panning
    I watch your course about common panning mistakes. There is a video called stereo spread. As you are using a word monitoring there, I understand the video is about the real instruments, at the moment about the real speakers, and thus it has nothing to do with me? So if I pan with built-in speakers, I couldn't make the stereo spread mistake mentioned on your video... ?
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  • Joe A
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    Re: A panning
    If your song will ever be listened to by others, on their own systems, then you should mix on regular (normally-spaced) speakers so you'll be able to tell how the panning will work on other systems as well as your own (you should also check the mix in headphones as well). If you're the only one who'll ever be listening to your songs, and you don't have separate speakers, then I guess I wouldn't worry about it too much, but I wouldn't say that issues of stereo spread would not exist in your mix, you just wouldn't be able to tell until/unless you listened on normally-spaced speakers.
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  • Student469162
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    Re: A panning
    So, if I don't want to buy the regular (out of garageband) speakers, I still can pan with built-in speakers, but the result of the pan I also can listen to with headphones? As I want my song will be listened to by others, but I don't want to buy the regular (outer) speakers.
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  • Joe A
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    Re: A panning
    Yes, you could mix/pan while monitoring with the built-in speakers and headphones. Panning aside, the sound quality of the built-in speakers will not really be good enough for professional mixing, but if you're not worried about that, and if the headphones have decent sound quality, then I guess that could work ok.
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  • Student469162
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    Re: A panning
    You write not be good enough for professional panning the sound quality of built-in speakers. Well, how bad it could be then? For example, if I listen to the song on the radio, they all seem good for me. But I have heard that Fancy, the group from 80's, has not the best quality. But I myself couldn't listen to it - Fancy sounds to me as good as other singers. Do you feel difference between Fancy and other group? Is the Fancy quality 'not good enough' for you? Or do you have any examples about panning with built-in speakers and the same thing with outer speakers? It is interesting for me to listen to the difference.
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  • Joe A
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    Re: A panning
    A professional mix that's distributed to the public has to sound good on the various different systems it may be played on, so professional mixers monitor on good speakers, properly arranged for stereo imaging, and also check the mix on other systems -- smaller speakers, bigger speakers, crappy speakers, headphones, earbuds, etc -- to make sure it works on many different systems. They also try to mix in a room that doesn't overly color the sound. Most likely anything you hear on the radio will have been mixed and mastered to this standard, so while mixes all sound a little different in tonal balance and dynamics, they all should be up to certain standards of what's considered professional quality. That said, those standards -- and mixing preferences -- change over the years, so 70's songs have a different sound than 80's songs, etc etc. If you plan to market your music then you would need to pay some attention to how your mixes sound compared with other commercial mixes. Or you could have them mastered professionally -- part of a dedicated mastering engineer's job is to make sure a mix meets current professional standards. On the other hand, if you're just distributing your mixes casually, or to friends & family, then that's not so important and I wouldn't really worry about it at this point.
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