Sound stage of studio recordings


I have felt that in live recordings it is easy to pin point the location of musical instruments. However for other recordings it is a hit and miss. Also for vocal solo with some instruments, the center imaging is also a hit and miss. In some songs the vocals appear to be in center. In other cases, it feels like coming from both speakers and circling around etc. 

 

Anyone though about this topic.. 

saurabhgarg

On most recordings for me the voice is dead center. Some older rock like early Jethro Tull and Moody Blues have certain songs in which the voice is pushed halfway between the center and one speaker, but that is rare.

Are you certain that your cables and interconnects are in the correct phase?

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So many live recordings are multi-mic'd just like many studio recordings that I find the imaging is often just as bad.

This is why many people like preamps with a balance control and phase inversion switch.

@cleeds 

 

So many live recordings are multi-mic’d just like many studio recordings that I find the imaging is often just as bad.

Agreed! With multiple microphones the the end result can be all over the map (Figuratively and literally).

Charles