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When you are producing material with a wide stereo field, you are bound to lose some gain due to stereo phase cancellation. I try to mix my stuff so that the gain is lost more or less equally across the frequency spectrum, so I get a similar sounding mono track to my stereo one. Generally (and I say that because as you know for every rule there is an exception), I have a mono kick, a snare that's close to mono on the low end and a bit wider at the top (but not much), and everything else is mixed to taste but so that the only real change when converted to mono is that the drums are a bit more prominent. Obviously, things in the sub ~74hz range are completely mono so that I don't end up with no sub bass in the mono mix. I use "Haas effect" (delay based) widening sparingly, and only on the full frequency range (excluding drums and sub bass because they get funny). Most of my prominent delays are 1:1 time wise for L/R For this same reason(mono compatibility and delay complications), I try not to go crazy on the 'verb as it leads to mono mud. Occasionally I will pan things (for an effect or what have you) but I My question is,, as far as electronic stuff is concerned: 1) amidoinitrite? 2) what is an acceptable level of overall gain loss? I try to lose no more than 3db of RMS gain MAX and generally am able to get more than a wide enough sounding piece, but I'm always looking to improve....thoughts/tips/tricks for a wide mix?