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the mysteries of stereo


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I've done this with all my synths and it's the same:


1) If I just take a single source and split it between two mixer channels, and then pan one right and the other left, it doesn't really sound any different.


2) But...if I take two different but identical sources, like two of the same module or I layer the same voice and use a separate output for each, then pan those right and left, the difference is amazing.


I understand that stereo gives depth to sound, but why do 1 and 2 give different results. Aren't they pretty much the same thing?


Just wondering,


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Try starting 2 samples at the very same time, only one slightly delayed - you'll hear a flanging effect. Done right, this can make things sound very spacious. It's also a trick fake-surround depends on. Check also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychoacoustics and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound_localization. Especially the first'll give you good hints.

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