Originally Posted by camusny
Hi V-Axis aka YoSoyPincho,
Do you use Ableton Live for your tracks?
I've been told by various mix engineers that I'd generally want to narrow my drum tracks into mono, I typically do this by using the Utility plugin in Ableton and setting the Width to 0%.
This generally frees up space for me to widen my synth leads or basses depending on what type of soundscape I'm aiming to create. Again I use the 'Utility' plugin to widen the signal to 120%.
i have to disagree with this.
it is a matter of taste, of course, and if it works for you then keep doing it, but personally i like to have at least a little width in most (but not all) of the sounds in a composition.
for example, a snare sounds much nicer when the bright end of things has some width to it.
that said, if everything else in the track is super wide then you would probably benefit from keeping your drums in the mid, and you will get some width from them when you send them to any reverb, delay e.t.c. that you are using.
its important to keep in mind that mixing is about balancing all aspects of a track, whether it be frequencies, dynamics, panning or width (to name a few), so you will usually want something in the mid, but you will also want something quite wide and everything in between.
if you keep your bass area in mono (which is usually recommended), then that is probably about your limit for mono elements if you want to keep a nice range in width.
but everything i just said is personal taste and there are no definite rules. mixing is an art, after all.