There are several methods to enhance the stereo feeling of beats. The aim of these techniques is to give your music a wider sense of space when played through headphones or stereo speakers. Below are some techniques:
Panning: Panning is the most basic technique to move sound left and right within the stereo field. By subtly adjusting each element of your drum kit to the left or right, you can give the audio a sense of width.
Stereo Expansion Plugins: These plugins are designed to make the sound source appear even wider. However, using them too much can cause the sound to ‘phase,’ potentially creating issues when played back in mono.
Harmonic Effects: Effects like delay, reverb, and chorus add a sense of dimension and space to your music. These can help give the entire mix a sense of breadth.
Double Tracking: This is a technique where you perform the same part twice and pan each one to the left and the right, achieving a wide stereo feeling.
Mid-Side Processing: By treating the mid (center) and sides (left and right of the stereo field) separately, you can enhance the sense of stereo. This technique requires specialized audio processing knowledge but can be very effective when used correctly.
Lastly, it’s important to maintain balance in the overall mix and mastering while working to enhance the stereo feel. Rather than maximizing the width of all elements, focus only on the necessary parts and ensure the overall sound image remains consistent.