I keep seeing charts like this. Which is cool for beginning producers and rules of thumb. However, I wonder if there are any other producers here that think in 3 dimensions. I’m a pretty visual person. I see this graph as panning left to right and then front to back as “literal” front to back. Using volume / reverb / filtering. The frequency is helpful but I tend to think about top to bottom being the frequency. Highs up top and lows towards the bottom.
A metaphorical BOX to work within. Mick Harris of Scorn and John Hopkins are masters of working within this framework and can make things dance around in your face, push them to the back, raise them up and down. It’s magic really. Anything out there about working in this type of framework?
This is why the daw is a double edged sword. For me. My eyes tend to override my ears. It’s easier to get those 3D sounds in a daw because you have virtually unlimited power and helpful plugins nowadays. But again, for me at least, I work better when I’m forced into “seeing” in my head instead of on screen.