Toms Surround Panner 1.1
A 5.1 Surround Panner with internal motion options...
I do all my sound creation in Bitwig Studio in surround.
Bitwig Studio does not support surround tracks but only stereo tracks, so I needed a surround panner with stereo input and 3 stereo outputs ( LF & RF, C & LFE, LR & RR) from where I can route the results to the hardware outputs or other tracks for further treatment.
This is what it can do:
- Pan manually with the big XY pad ("LFO" set to 0).
- Fade between manual and "LFO"-based panning.
- The LFO is a square that goes around the four corner speakers - forward or backward.
- "Speed" defines how fast the LFO moves. For very slow movement, hold SHIFT while moving the knob. Below zero is clockwise, above zero is anticlockwise.
- "RANDOM" fades between the squarish LFO and random movements.
- Smooth applies a smoothing filter to the movement. Slow movements need more smoothing than fast ones.
"Center" allows to send a certain amount of the sound to the center speaker when it moves through the frontal mid area. The volume for the left and right front speakers is automatically lowered in that case.
- "Width" allows you to fade between stereo balancing between left and right channel at 100, a mono sum pan at 0 and inverted channels stereo balancing at -100. In between you get weighted mixes between these, so you can for instance have 20% of the right channel mixed into the left signal when panned hard left and Width set to 80.
- "LFE" defines how much of the output should be sent to the LFE channel.
- "FREQ." allows to set a cut off frequency between 50 and 400 Hz.
If you have the info button in Reaktor active, all controls also have tooltips.
There also are a couple of snapshots for some typical uses.
The ensemble is almost completely created in Core.
The VST Multiouts are: LF & RF, C & LFE, LR & RR (basically the "Windows-Order" of channels for surround). If you need a different pattern, just change the wires around to your needs.
To use the Panner in BWS, create three outputs with the "Add Chain" button on the multi-output-page of the the Reaktor Device, those then are Front, Center & LFE/Sub and Rear to be routed like in my tutorial (or however you see fit ;-) ).
If you want to know more about how I work with surround in Bitwig Studio, here is a Tutorial:
In the meantime I moved on to a surround panner in native Bitwig that needs less ressources and can do much more...
1.1 Update replaced the Mono-Stereo switch with a "Width" knob that controls the width of the panned signal from full stereo to mono to inverted stereo. Check it out with a source with very different signals on left and right channels.
This allows for something close to "True Pan" as much as that's possible with Stereo to Surround without a second XY pad/cursor. Thanks to Dale for the nudge to implement this :-)
1.1.1 Tiny Update to fix the order of Automation parameters to follow the GUI.