Hi folks. I have a bit of a conundrum: I'm spending some downtime getting used to a new
set of Neumann KH120As, listening to a lot of music and running through a few old jobs
that are familliar.
I have one particular track that sounds well off-centre,
the stereo image is biased quite clearly towards the left speaker, which I never noticed
with my previous monitors.
I have checked the spatial settings on the monitors
and they match. I have IK Mulitimeidas ARC installed and I have tested with the
correction both in and out - same bias to the left.
On the cans the image
sounds centered, which appears to suggest something in the monitor chain downstream of the
Cubase Control Room.
The Cubase main buss meters indicate that the track is,
if anything slightly warm to the right, my RME Fireface mixer suggests the opposite. Left
is left and right is right throughout.
If I sum to mono on my monitor
controller, dead centre stereo image, the phantom is so strong that you could tap the cab.
Other tracks centre fine, all of which (other than the cans) indicates an off
centre mix (I have only the 2-track for this).
Peak and RMS and ball-of-string
meters appear to balance, but the rhs speaker is bass light - an additional 2-3 dB at 60
Hz makes it sound OK on the cabs but convinces all the meters and the cans that the mix is
listing heavily to starboard.
I have isolated both mid and side components and
both are left biased, suggesting monitoring chain, but again, switching the monitor
controller to mono centres the image. I have also tested with the monitor controller in
various poistions in case there is a mismatch at some point in the range - same story.
Sorry this rambles but in summary, I think;
- mono test suggests that the
interface channels, monitors and room position are OK.
- cans and meters suggest
that the mix is OK
- other material suggest that all the hardware is OK
What's the incredibly simple thing that I'm missing?
Thanks to all.
Oh, it sounds fine on my mono Mixcube
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