Let’s say you’ve got an orchestral project and you’re using libraries that already have the instruments panned into their room locations for the orchestra (violins on left, basses on right, etc). Then you want to add in something non-orchestral like a drum set. Most drum kit samples have their own preset panning with hihats to one side and toms going across to the other.
What do you guys do when mixing these? Do you just go with the preset panning for both? Do you try to “place” the drum kit somewhere in the room with the orchestra, and if so, what method would employ to do that? Or do you do something else, depending on the final purpose for the project?