Stereo Imaging Hi-Hats?

Discussion in 'Production' started by JoErOe, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. JoErOe

    JoErOe Member

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    Workin on a new track atm, and i was just wondering if anyone has any tips for widening my hats in the stereo field.I.E. should they be spread way far out or near the middle. Plus while were at it, any thoughts on the volume of the hats in comparison to the rest of the drums. Like same or maybe slightly lower since they are on the higher end of the freq. spectrum?
     
  2. Mania

    Mania i fukin wot m8

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    Your should probably keep your hats closer to mono, especially since a lot of hat samples are naturally a bit wide. In the stereo field hats can be panned where ever you see fit (and can be autopanned nicely), and depending on the style of break, leveled between 20 and 5 db below the snare.

    The main deal with hihats is using EQ, to get them to slip in nicely with out muddying up the break. A shallow hicut at 700 does the job, and sorting out the high end is really important.
     
  3. Dj Dirty Pimp

    Dj Dirty Pimp Active Member

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    play it by ear bro, theres no set rules. ive heard some mainstream where they pan so extreme and then otheres where its all quite even, just play around til you think it works
     
  4. Dark Lizardro

    Dark Lizardro The Lizard that has a hammer Staff Member

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    I like to make my drums as close as possible to a real drumkit. So, I listen closely to some bands I like, and pay attention where the hats and cymbals are located inside the stereo field, and try to emulate.