I don't soften my panning, I just add some slight mono reverb. I've always thought hard panning is part of the charm of LSDJ.
Recording channels seperatley is great if you want to do any automation on the individual channels that you can't do within LSDJ, but otherwise i just record the entire track and then do some editing after.
just record it
all those little clicks from hard panning and volume envelope are beautiful.