Sound Particles has released Brightness Panner. The plug-in moves your audio tracks around in space depending on their brightness. This opens up many creative possibilities for moving, evolving soundscapes.
Sound Particles Brightness Panner
After the success of Energy Panner, Sound Particles set out to explore other creative ways of panning. They came up with Brightness Panner, a plug-in that analyzes the frequency content of your audio tracks and pans them accordingly. This means that you can create sounds that move around in the stereo field depending on their brightness or pitch. With many ways to analyze the input signal and control the panning, Brightness Panner lets you achieve a wide range of creative motion effects. It even supports surround formats for three-dimensional effects.
Brightness Panner offers three ways to analyze the input signal and control the panning: pitch, brightness and MIDI. This means that you can pan audio signals depending on their pitches or overall frequency content, and even send MIDI notes to the plug-in to control the effect.
Panning mode lets you define a frequency/pitch range in which the panning is to take place. You can also set the start and end points of the panning effect by dragging the dots in the circular visualizer, and specify the direction of the panning. Brightness Panner also features attack and release controls that you can use to control how quickly the panner reacts to changes in the input signal.
Sliding mode moves the audio signal continuously along a user-defined trajectory, whenever the input signal is within the specified pitch or frequency range. It’s like a frequency-dependent auto panner. The speed is of course adjustable.
In the output section, Brightness Panner offers a dry/wet mix knob and a master volume control. In addition to stereo, you can choose from a wide range of surround, Ambisonics and immersive output formats, which make Brightness Panner a very interesting tool for cinematic sound designers, as well as music producers.
Price and compatibility
Sound Particles Brightness Panner is now available for an introductory price of USD 39. It’s on sale at Plugin Boutique*. After April 25, 2021, the regular price will be USD 49.
You can also get Brightness Panner bundled with Energy Panner in the Panner Collection, which is currently on sale for USD 59 (down from USD 69).
The plug-in requires macOS 10.11 or higher or Windows 10 or higher. It’s available in AU, AUv3, VST, VST3 and AAX formats.