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I'd add on to say you can just keep closed hi-hats dead center or slightly off at 15% or 30% either left or right. It's just a matter of deciding whether you personally prefer the drummer's perspective or audience approach of panning drum instruments in a mix.

Bla Jedza

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There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to panning hi-hats, cymbals, etc in audio mixing.

It's all a matter of taste. Unless if a client tells you they want it a certain way.

Okay, but what panning percentage is a good starting point from either left or right when mixing hi-hats to get a nice balanced drum sound?
 

Black Panther

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Okay, but what panning percentage is a good starting point from either left or right when mixing hi-hats to get a nice balanced drum sound?

You can try between 20% left, 50% left, and finally, 100% left.

Of course, 100% left might be extreme, although it usually works best if the mix is very busy. Think in terms of dealing with something that's overproduced with so many layered sounds.
 
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