Have you ever been in that situation where you’re desperately panning a track but just can’t seem to find the best place for it? Here’s one trick that can save you some serious hair-pulling:
Why does this work? While we’re used to using EQ and compression to make tracks play nicely together, it’s easy to forget that the stereo spectrum is another way in which tracks can interact. Monitoring in mono takes those interactions, summed in stereo, and exposes them in the worst-case scenario. If it the stereo gain structure sounds good in mono, it’ll probably sound even better in stereo.