Should harmony vocals be panned?

Should harmony vocals be panned?

If your mix is center heavy, panning the vocals hard left and right will give you more width. If you have group vocals with each part layered, an effective strategy to make them sound full and balanced is to pan them symmetrically so that each side of the harmony vocal submix is a mirror image of the other.

How should vocals be panned?

If your track has lead vocals pan them center as well. Experiment with panning duplicates of effected vocals to the left or right. But as a general rule lead vocals should always be panned center.

Should backing vocals be panned?

If you have several background tracks, you’ll want to pan them away from the center. This will create space for your vocal to live in. How much you pan your BGVs is up to you.

How do you harmonize with vocals?

To sing harmony or harmonize on an instrument, focus on the chord progression of the song and the scale upon which the melody is based (typically either a major scale or a minor scale). Thirds: The most common type of harmonization is a third above or a third below the melody note.

How much should I pan vocals?

When panning vocals doubles, there are as many approaches as the day is long. The only hard and fast rule I recommend is to keep the “true lead” in the center. You can record five takes, and pan them 100% L, 33% L, center, 33% R, and 100% right.

How do you pan vocal layers?

First, pan your lead vocal down the middle, then, like we talked about with doubling, pan your doubles hard left and hard right. The same goes for doubles of your harmonies, if you have them. Then you can play with pads, textures and chops once you’ve found the proper balance with your vocal tracks.

How do you blend harmonies?

For the best blend, work on matching your tone to one another. That means matching qualities such as brightness or deepness of sound, nasality and vibrato. Ragged phrasing is the commonest reason that back-up harmonies may sound unprofessional.

Is harmonizing easy?

Harmonizing is usually tough because it encompasses figuring out the best combination of notes. Moreover, it is associated with singing without actually straying from your part. This is very hard to manage for someone who is just a beginner.

How do you properly pan?


  1. Always pan the lead vocal center.
  2. Always pan the bass center.
  3. Balance the channels equally.
  4. If you have two similar-sounding instruments, pan one left and the other right.
  5. A stereo pair of microphones should be panned hard left and hard right.
  6. Check your pans on headphones.