My panning was (more or less, I'm on a different computer now):
vocals C, harmoniser+slap 100% LR (see below on what I did to the vocals first to make this work)
drums C, 20%W (I used the tom tracks for the width, no LPF on them, boost a touch of the air)
piano 40%R, 50%W
This was like you said to get a natural-ish sound stage L-R with the piano guitar and vocals spread out, but with a bit of a pop sensibility so the drums bass a vocals were still down the middle. I'd love to hear it if you can find the separation that you like and try an even jazz-ier panning scheme with everyone in their own place.
Two things I had to do to reduce the smear were:
- chop up the vocal track so I had all the parts with the singing, then all the parts without. Both got the same eq, but only the singing was compressed. Then blend in the other track. This kept the bleed low, but retained the vocal mic ambience.
- eq the bass something fierce. There is a tonne of guitar mud in the 200-800 range, if you don't get rid of that aggressively you'll find it hard to place the guitar, same with everything above 1.5-2K
Should add the link to my verison since it has the journey I took to get there (with help from Steve Taylor!) https://www.producelikeapro.com/forums/topic/crazy-james-gorman/
- This reply was modified 5 years ago by James Gorman.