That's right FP. I said it. What is the point of panning?
Think about it, sure there is the population who will listen to your song in front of two perfectly placed monitors or on headphones (even so the other ear might be shared by a friend)... But most people are listening in:
-cars, (and your not seated dead center)
-clubs (which play in mono)
-out of one headphone
-on the TV
-out of iPod speakers,
...So if so many people are listening under these mono circumstances, why pan? Why even risk phase issues/lost instruments?
If its to "get an instrument out of the way of another"....... Don't they just end up colliding under mono circumstances?
Fill me in on panning FP, I just don't understand it.. mono compatibility is important.
Hopefully I don't get shut down too hard with a perfect answer about something I am missing haha