I’d like your help and this is something that I don’t think really has been discussed much here in the forums. I would still consider myself somewhat new at this - composing music. And what I’ve really come to grips with is my need for improving my mixing and mastering skills. So, I’d like to know what you guys know, if you’d be willing to share, because I have a lot to learn still, in my opinion:
I did much of my learning of midi early on in FruityLoops and Reason. Most of my instruments early on have been mono instruments. Almost 2 years ago, I started working with a lot of EastWest/Quantum Leap sound libraries and with it came better samples and stereo instruments.
What I’ve found is that the higher-quality stereo instruments create a more “real” sound to your compositions, add depth, and also add another level of complexity to mixing and mastering (now you got 2 pan knobs to work with, not 1! ). While you lose some depth and “realness” to mono instruments, there is also less complexity to the sound and I can seem to make a mono instrument pop up much more up front in the mix than stereo instruments at times.
My questions for you: Is it smart to have a mix of both in a song? How do you choose to use a mono version of an instrument vs. a stereo version when composing? Am I right in saying that there is less complexity to mixing mono instruments and should I gravitate to mono instruments if it is a lead part that I want way up front in the mix?
Am I making any sense? I kind of feel stupid for asking this. But I’m still learning (which I believe we always need to be doing)! Thanks for your help!