So I’m still fairly new to mixing, and have a question about phasing.
I’ve been using the Waves PAZ Analyzer on everything I do - mostly for the visual representation of the stereo field - and up to this point, I’ve been religiously trying to get rid of every little spike into the anti-phase zones that I see.
However, I’ve started to question this practice recently as I’ve been trying to achieve wider mixes, and sometimes found that things do sound better/wider when there’s some spiking of anti-phase.
So my question really is; How much does it actually matter to be ironing out the anti-phase spikes?
Was I right to be super-vigilant about it, even when my mixes felt narrower as a result? Or is it actually fine to have spikes here and there if it is achieving a wider feel?
Also, for clarity’s sake, I don’t have things constantly sitting out of phase and cancelling each other out - I think that’s a different issue? It’s mainly just momentary spikes into the anti-phase areas. Image attached to demonstrate;