Windreaper wrote:I used to use that guitar spreading technique (copying, hard panning and delaying the other side about 5-7ms). However, doubling the part and then hard panning sounds so much better I don't bother anymore. Same goes for vocal harmonies (ie. double them, don't just copy and pitch shift).
...good point. And for truly LUSH guitars, detune it a little bit (manually, NOT electronically - detune the actual guitar strings before recording) for the other doubled part. GO further and use a different guitar and detune it. Double it w/ synth, whatever - be creative.
As for monitors, there's also the issue of near/direct/mid-field. home-stereo speakers generally are 'wide-field' so they fill the room with stereo sound. That's why most studios & mixing rooms have home-stereo speakers perched next the near-fields, so they can switch between them while listening back to the mix.