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Multi-amp panning in a DAW
by cmorrow132 on 2013-04-09 12:51:10

     Ok, so what I've done is create some dual amp patches that I want to use for mult-tracking. Let's say I have a Soldano hard left, and a Hiwatt hard right. When I'm multitracking in the DAW, and I hard pan left, I can only hear the Soldano. Same as if I hard pan right on the track in the daw, I can only hear the Hiwatt. Is there a way to route it so that I still retain the dual amp config/sound when hard panning in the DAW?

I tried centering both amps in the patch, but it loses all the dynamics and range of the dual amp tone. My DAW of choice is Sonar X2, but I'm sure the concept would apply to any DAW. What are different methods that everyone uses to achieve this?

Re: Multi-amp panning in a DAW
by phil_m on 2013-04-09 13:17:54

When you say you're hard-panning, are you referring to the in the mixer block on the HD500 itself or in Sonar? It sounds to me as perhaps you don't have Sonar setup to receive both the left and right outputs from the HD500.

Re: Multi-amp panning in a DAW
by cmorrow132 on 2013-04-09 13:32:17

I'm referring to hard panning left and right in Sonar. It's receiving both left and right in the DAW. I can hear the amp assigned to left or right if I pan left or right in the DAW. So, if I'm recording with a patch which has Soldano left, and Hiwatt right, then I take that track and hard pan it left and play it back, I'm gonna hear the Soldano. If i then hard pan that same recorded track right and play it back, I'm gonna hear the Hiwatt.

What I wanna do is keep the fullness of both amps whether  I pan hard left or right, as in the case of dual or quad tracking.

Re: Multi-amp panning in a DAW
by Inerzia on 2013-04-09 16:14:12

If I'm understanding correctly, you're talking about a stereo track. That's what you've been recording, stereo tracks, am I right?
Maybe you should record two separate mono tracks instead of one stereo track, feeding one of the tracks in your daw with the left channel of the HD and the other track with the right channel. That will give you what you're looking for.
Alternatively, if you don't want to repeat every take you've already done, you can split the existing stereo tracks to dual mono pairs, and I'm pretty sure Sonar can do that by itself, but if it doesn't, you can always use an external audio editor, such as sound forge, wavelab, audacity and others.
Yet another solution would be to duplicate those stereo tracks you already have and pan them the way you like, but that would be a waste of resources, and it still wouldn't give you total flexibility.

Re: Multi-amp panning in a DAW
by phil_m on 2013-04-09 17:26:03

What Inerzia said. Create two mono tracks in Sonar with the inputs set appropriately and then pan those left and right.

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