I'm making an old-school synthpop album. On a few songs, I'm trying to achieve that big 80s pad sound (stereo). I'm using an analog Prophet synthesizer with a mono output.
So far, I've had the most success panning the pad sound hard left and then doing another take with slightly different parameter settings (filter frequency, tuning, amplitude attack) and panning that hard left. However, I've noticed when listening to recordings of synth pads from the 80s, the panning is never quite this drastic.
Anyone know what the de facto standard for panning in such a situation? I haven't used reverb or effects so far...so any tips in this regard would be great as well.