Ariosto wrote:Sorry to be a pain - but I've now panned each mono channel hard left and hard right and the goniometer is showing an entirely different display (more like clouds) and the rendered file is playing with much more separate movements L and R - so I think this must be OK now.
First, you're not a pain -- this is precisely what this forum is about -- helping people to develop their skills and understanding!
The good news: it's definitely no longer mono (apart from the odd mono edit as already noted)....
I'd hesitate to call it true stereo -- as you have observed there is a lot of separation between left and right, so the piano scale and playing across the keyboard is somewhat exaggerated.
This is an inherent problem when close miking because each mics tends to hear only a very local portion of the full sound board, and so there is little coherence between the two channels. This is revealed instantly on the goniometer as 'clouds' and 'rings' which are predominantly horizontal rather than vertical, and the phase meter spends a lot of time at zero or moving towards -1.
Of course, some people like this ultra-wide effect and it can be useful in some applications. But for a classical piano solo like this I'd suggest not panning the mics fully left/right -- it would sound more natural if you narrow the image a little -- pan the two mic channels in from the edges -- and then fill out the outer space with some subtle artificial stereo reverb of a suitable character -- in your case, mostly room reflections rather than a long reverb tail.
But pleased that you've got to grips with the stereo panning in the DAW now, anyway.
Like most recorders of this kind, the MixPre records a stereo mix file, and then individual 'iso' tracks from each separate input. The stereo mix file will comprise whatever panning and level settings you dial into the mixpre as you record/mix, but the iso tracks won't -- so if you are using them as the basis for a mix externally -- in Reaper or whatever -- you'll need to pan and set their levels appropriately in the DAW.
The MixPre is a powerfully versatile unit, so it is inherently complex, but I think it is well organised and you'll find it easier to use with familiarity. I don't have the daintiest of fingers myself but I've had no trouble with the touchscreen -- again, familiarity is your friend here. I didn't have any trouble with the on-off switch either.
The Zoom models are much the same as regards small, fiddly controls, and you'd still find yourself wanting to put your fingers in a pencil-sharpener... ;-) That's why I use a nice, chunky Nagra VI ! :lol: