Audio Damage updates Analog-style Dual-VCA Panning Plugin Panstation 2
Panstation 2, Audio Damage’s analog-style dual-VCA panning plugin was updated to Versio 2.0.3.
Once upon a time, before the advent of computer-based recording, when the mere act of recording more than two channels of audio involved specialized hardware costing tens of thousands of dollars, panning effects were difficult. Dynamic panning meant someone had to twiddle the pan pots on the mixing desk, usually at mixdown time since track counts were finite.
Typically the mixing engineer was busy with the level faders, so panning effects were rare, and modern effects like tempo-synced panning were out of the question. Expensive signal processors called auto-panners were created to produce automated panning effects. Two of the most renowned auto-panners were the Drawmer M500 dynamics unit and the Audio & Design PanScan. These units are still highly prized in professional recording circles and change hands for twenty times the price of the plug-in you just bought, or more.
What’s New In Panstation 2 V2.0.3
Panstation 2 is essentially a complete rewrite of the original Panstation. Audio Damage kept the DSP as-is, but rolled it into their new framework, for a full modernization. Panstation 2 is built with all the latest SDKs and APIs, to future-proof it. With this new system, Panstation 2 gains VST3 and AAX on the desktop, and Linux and iOS versions. Of course, this means Audio Damage lose 32-bit, but needs must.
In addition (and the thing you’ll notice most), the GUI is now fully procedural, vector-based, resizable, and DPI-agnostic, and fully in line with Audio Damage’s current stylings.
Version 2’s only real feature additions are a new style cross-platform, cross-format preset manager, and a sidechain input to the trigger in hosts that support it
Panstation 2 Features
- Various Panning Laws
Four characteristics including an exact 1:1 clone of the M500 pan law.
- Optional Input Channel Summing
Downmix stereo input to mono before processing.
- Low-Frequency Oscillators
Free-running or host-synced modulation with eleven panning/tremolo waveforms including all the waveforms shapes in the M500.
- Triggered Operation
Audio-level trigger with threshold control or MIDI note trigger to modulate the effect’s intensity via dedicated, adjustable envelope generator.
- MIDI Control
Use MIDI note number or CC control to control panning.
- Fine-grained Modulation Controls
Modulation depth, LFO time offset between left and right channel, global LFO phase to shift waveform starting positions, bias weight modulation of stereo channels, LFO rate in Hz or fraction of musical measure
- Fully Resizable Hi-DPI GUIPanstation 2’s vector-based GUI is resolution-agnostic and displays the same on every system and resolution. Easily resize the UI (per instance) to match your visual needs, from postage stamp to poster-sized.
- Cross-Platform Preset Format
Panstation 2 utilizes an XML-based preset manager. Work between multiple systems without troubles, make a preset on your desktop machine and paste it to the iOS version with Handoff, easily share your creations with your friends, or make a preset bundle sell.