[Ads-l] hard, pan, hard-pan, hard-panned

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 6 14:34:36 EDT 2017

On “q” today (http://bit.ly/2rQYHcf <http://bit.ly/2rQYHcf>), Tom Power talks to Giles Martin about (somewhat nepotistically) remixing “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” 

Power talks about the hard-panned sounds coming from his broken Walkman and Martin talks about hard-panning as a verb.

The online Oxford Dictionaries offer this for “pan” (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/pan <https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/pan>): Swing (a video or movie camera) in a horizontal or vertical plane, typically to give a panoramic effect or follow a subject.

Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/pan <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/pan>) has this: (audio) To spread a sound signal into a new stereo or multichannel sound field, typically giving the impression that it is moving across the sound stage.

According to J. Pablo on gearslutz.com <http://gearslutz.com/> (http://bit.ly/2sAplUR <http://bit.ly/2sAplUR>), “hard panning” is moving the stereo balance completely to the left or right. Bender412 talks about “hard left or right sound” with the word “hard” in quotes. I suspect that “hard” might refer to how you physically move the button on an equalizer, but I know nothing about this subject.

This topic is also discussed on GUITARMASTERCLASS.NET <http://guitarmasterclass.net/> (http://bit.ly/2sAiMBr <http://bit.ly/2sAiMBr>); gregc1 says, "GnR panned their guitars hard left and right back in the day.”

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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