June 3, 2011

Audio Damage Panstation Now Available...

by Chris Randall

Meet our newest bouncing baby plug, Panstation. As you can pretty much guess from the name, it is an autopanner, and as far as we're aware, the most sophisticated autopanner plug-in available. (If you feel like correcting me on that, don't, because I've sort of hung my hat on that bullet point.)

It is "inspired by" the Drawmer M500. We took basically every feature from the panning engine of that box (including a detailed clone of its pan law and waveforms) and added some other jank we thought would be handy, like the audio trigger counting mechanism from the A&D PanScan.

32/64-bit across the board, AU and VST for Mac and VST for Win, US$39.00. Go get it.


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Jun.03.2011 @ 5:27 PM
Cutter Filtoff
Love it!! Sounds exactly like tits. Need I say more?

Jun.03.2011 @ 6:33 PM
mad ep
Oh hells yeah. I have wanted and needed a better autopanner than I have... but never bothered looking around much because most autopanners are t3h boring.

The clips sound amazing. Sweet azzzzzzzz..

Jun.03.2011 @ 6:44 PM
Chris Randall
Yeah, we were a little reticent to build it at all, because they seem like t3h boring and are hard to sell. But we were all "fuck it, why not?" Was a little harder than we expected it to be (twss) but in the end it came out pretty good. I forgot how much I used to use this effect in "real" studios until I had it again.


Jun.03.2011 @ 6:56 PM
"Sounds exactly like tits."


The m500 pan law always sounds good, in a "that's not what I meant to do, but I think I'll keep it" kind of way.

If it isn't the most sophisticated panning effect in software, it's at least the only one I can think of with the audio triggering. (edit) Whoops, forgot about PanMan.

Jun.03.2011 @ 7:31 PM
Adam Schabtach
On a historical note, I think CR suggested doing an auto-panner plug-in years ago, and I was nonplussed. Then recently I started thinking about cool things an auto-panner might do. Then someone suggested, twice, that we build an auto-panner (hi Jeff); and someone else suggested, for the third time, that we do a tremolo effect (hi Dan), and _then_ CR spotted an M500 for about 1/4th the going price. It seemed that the universe was telling us to build an auto-panner, so we did. Once I had enough of the code written for it to start doing something I became increasingly amused by it. Yes, it's not a ZOMG! sort of effect, but it has some good tricks up its sleeve.

The Converge and Diverge mod shapes may be my personal favorite details. They were originally mistakes made while I was figuring out the Ramp modes but I liked how they sounded. "Honor thy error..."


Jun.03.2011 @ 7:37 PM
beauty pill
I think the former characterization of this as a "utility" plug-in undersells it significantly!

- c

Jun.03.2011 @ 7:58 PM
i use some form of panner in every track i do. it's just so useful for so many things.

Jun.03.2011 @ 9:23 PM
Unlike the other autopanners this can be gentle..tis nice on pads...and it can do the full fledge tarnce setting if ya want it to.

Jun.03.2011 @ 9:51 PM
Can anyone explain me what is a "pan law?" Only autopanner I've used is the one built into Ableton. Don't know the term. Thanks. Plug sounds good.

Jun.03.2011 @ 10:54 PM
Adam Schabtach
@MrBiggs: quoting myself from the Panstation manual: "Borrowing its name from mixer-design terminology, the PAN LAW popup menu selects one of several panning laws. A panning law determines exactly how a signal's amplitude is changed as it moves from one side of the stereo field to the other. A slightly silly amount of thought has gone in to designing different panning laws for different situations and effects. Within the context of Panstation, however, all you need to know is that choosing a different panning law affects the apparent loudness and distance of the sound as it moves back and forth. Since Panstation is intended for creating special effects, none of its pan laws is necessarily better than the others. Try different settings in different situations and let your ears choose." I also cite this reference in a footnote: link [www.harmonycental.co...]


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