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Sound Strip Audio "Pan" defaults are misleading
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Description

System Information
Operating system: Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS
Graphics card: GTX 1060 6GB

Blender Version
2.80.75

Short description of error
In the Audio Strip settings, "Pan" has 2 issues.

  1. Pan only works if the "Mono" setting is selected. This is fine, but it would be nice if the Pan property would disable unless Mono is selected.
  2. Pan only works when it is set to a range between -1 and 1. Yet the default settings allow you to set it out of range -2 and 2. If it is set out of range, it won't pan at all.

Details

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Yet the default settings allow you to set it out of range -2 and 2. If it is set out of range, it won't pan at all.

This is for panning to more than 2 channels.

Here's my cheat sheet:

Unless this no longer works. I haven't checked the 2.8 release....

Richard Antalik (ISS) triaged this task as Confirmed, High priority.

I would say, that this panning range seems a bit hacky, but it is also described in manual:
https://docs.blender.org/manual/en/latest/video_editing/sequencer/properties/strip.html#sound

As for #1 I Agree to gray out pan if sound is not mono

I wonder if it would be possible to show which speaker the pan is directed towards, by putting a Letter, representing the speaker, next to the number?

Examples:
-1.0L, 1.0R

I mean this could be enum for placement and pan field of -1 to 1 range.

I am not sure how exactly this is implemented, but it would be nice to make controls that make sense here.
On the other hand, this would have super low priority