Ahh! I'm glad you took the time to listen again and point this out. I agree now that you found the words to describe it, and the fix is quite simple.folderol wrote:OK, got it... I think.
The stereo spread of the sections is too narrow - as if you have a bunch of violinists sitting one behind the other!
I made the strings sections more narrow than I usually do. Generally I consider the strings sections as being in the front, and as such I give them a really wide spread. This time I was thinking of them as being in the background and thought that each section should be narrower, but clearly I narrowed it too much.