Audiomodern releases Panflow, a FREE creative panning modulator plugin for macOS, iOS, and Windows.
Panflow allows you to create simple or complex panning patterns to make any sound more interesting.
The bulk of the interface is taken up by the pattern editor that allows you to draw any pattern you like freehand. If you want to jump right in with a ready-made pattern, there’s a very handy Random button right above the editor.
Randomizers are always great for effects like this, not just so you can be lazy, but they often throw up things you’d never have found otherwise. The cool thing about this Random button is that it comes with an element of control, which sounds counter-intuitive, but it’s a good thing.
You’ll see three smaller buttons on either side of the Random button. To the left, you’ll find the pattern complexity types where you can choose from Simple, Medium, and Complex. To the right are the controls that determine how the points of your pattern are connected. You can select straight lines, curved lines, or stepped lines.
It’s nice to be able to randomize within set parameters so that you aren’t browsing unsuccessfully for hours.
Adding to the Random button is the Infinity button on the right-hand side. When the Infinity button is engaged, the pattern will randomize continuously every time a sequence passes.
You can adjust the Speed (graph timeline) from 1/16 – to 16 bars and adjust the grid division to suit your pattern/drawing.
Depending on how you play with the settings, you can create some very cool effects, from simple swells to glitchy sequences. The stepped lines approach is excellent for the more glitchy sound.
When you have sounds, like a synth pad or stab, that are good but not quite right, a plugin like Panflow can bring them to life. Adding a little movement is often a better choice than changing the core character of the sound.
Since we’re on the subject of panning, don’t forget Sound Particles Energy Panner is currently free with any purchase at ADSR Sounds.
Panflow is available in AU, VST, VST3, and AAX formats for macOS (10.12 upwards), iOS, and Windows (7 upwards).