Learn how to use the channel strip panning and rotation controls for balancing the stereo mix on the eMotion LV1 live mixing console.
In this video we’ll look at the channel strip pan, balance, rotate control—the imager. It’s used in the Channel, Group, Aux, Cue, and Talkback layers.
A channel can be mono, or stereo. Use the drop-down menu in the channel’s input section to change between the two. Main L/R Outs, Groups, and Matrix are always stereo.
Click on the pan knob to activate it. When a mono signal is bussed to a stereo channel, rotating the panner causes a gain increase in one channel and a corresponding decrease in the other. This is panning.
Using the panner knob on a stereo channel works in more or less, the same way as on mono channels. The source image moves left and right, but its internal balance may change as the repositioning increases. This is balance control.
To control the size, shape, and width of the channel, use the left and right panners. These independently control the two sides of the channel.
Click and drag in the colored area and drag to move the panners together. This is stereo rotation; It moves a stereo image within a soundscape while retaining its image and width. It lets you adjust the center of the channel’s stereo image without affecting the relative sound levels in the rest of the image.
Ctrl+drag in the colored area to make the image narrower, or wider, symmetrically. The image can also be collapsed to mono, or panned beyond mono to reverse the stereo image. When this happens, the width display changes from blue to brown.
There’s a value box that displays the status of the panners. Move the pan/balance knob and its value appears in the box.
Move the stereo panners. The rotation value is shown on the left and the image width on the right.
The selected control is highlighted yellow.
In this lesson you were introduced to the eMotion LV1 channel strip imager section. It’s a combination of mono panner, stereo balance, and stereo rotation control.
In the next few videos we’ll look at the Layer Modes, which define the tools used for channel processing, routing, input control, and aux sends.