Tech Tip:What Is A Recommended Panning For Drum Kit Programs?
Usually, it's preferable to pan drum sounds near the center. Although virtually all drum machines and drum sound modules (as well as synthesizers and sound modules with drum kits) have stereo outputs, acoustic drum kits do not occupy a wide area of physical space. When a drum kit is panned both hard left and hard right, it feels unrealistic. Placing other instruments inside the drum sounds can be disconcerting, although it can work in an electronic context. If your sound source has auxiliary outputs (such as the Alesis DM5 & DM PRO, and the Roland TD-10 & TD-7), you can send the kick and snare to separate outputs in order to EQ and process them individually, but they are best placed so that the kit is heard as a unit.