Pandemic is the autopan you never knew you desperately wanted. It can take a mono signal, split it into 3 bands, and bounce the mid frequencies randomly across the stereo field; it can take an overly wide beat and mono the bass, leaving the snare drum untouched; it can breathe life into an otherwise dull drum loop, by creating a gentle fluttering effect on the hihats; or it can autopan all 3 bands simultaneously, with synced or un-synced built-in LFOs, to create a sumptuous stereo sludge.
All this and more is achieved from a simple, streamlined interface which places the sound before the science.
DON’T PANIC. PAN IT.
We start off with a wide range, 3 band cross-over, before moving on to the individual bands. Next up, we have our Stereo Image section—essentially a M/S mixer—which allows you to isolate either the mono or stereo part of your sound, or any blend of the two. The signal is then sent through a basic Panner, which does exactly what it claims to do. These two knobs combined offer you a very precise yet simple way to place your sound in the stereo field.
Having selected the frequency, width and pan of your signal, it’s time to get creative. Each band’s Pan comes with its own dedicated modulation system, featuring a multi-shape LFO with sync, phase, offset and spin options, and Freq and Amp controls. Both of these controls have been hardwired to an additional sine LFO for further variation. This highly tweakable triple LFO combo creates near endless possibilities, from gentle shimmers to multiband trance gates to high-frequency, metallic buzzes and drones.
A 3 band neutral cross-over. This allow you to select which specific frequencies are effect. Selectable frequencies range from 50Hz to 10’000Hz.
PER BAND CONTROLS
Switches individual bands on and off, transforming Pandemic into a single, double or triple autopan unit.
Essential tools to help you fine-tune your sound.
An M/S Mixer. This allows you to increase or decrease the stereo width, which gives you tighter control over the final panning effect.
A simple pan knob.
Selects between 6 classic LFO shapes (Sine, Triangle, Square, Saw, Inverse Saw, Double Saw).
Controls the amount of LFO applied to the signal.
Controls the frequency of the LFO applied to the signal. Speeds range from 0.05Hz to 90Hz (un-synced) or 1/64 to 8/1 (synced). Un-synced speeds over 20Hz will start to create interesting, tuned buzzing effects, whose tones will be determined by the LFO Type.
Amp Mod Amount
Controls the amount of modulation applied to the LFO Amp.
Amp Mod Freq
Controls the frequency of the modulation applied to the LFO Amp. Combined with Amp Mod Amount, this control allows you to create constantly evolving stereo effects that rise and fall, either robotically or organically.
Freq Mod Amount
Controls the amount of modulation applied to the LFO Freq.
Freq Mod Freq
Controls the frequency of the modulation applied to the LFO Amp. Combined with Amp Mod Amount, this control allows you to create constantly evolving stereo effects that can be set to drift in and out of sync.
In phase mode, this allows you to fade smoothly between panning and gating effects. In Spin mode, it decouples the left and right LFO frequencies causing the audio to “spin” around the stereo field.
Selects between Phase and Spin mode.
This control offsets the phase of both the left and right amp mod LFO in unison. This is especially useful in Sync mode, and allows you to create inverse square LFO wave forms, and other such effects.
Syncs all three LFOs to the song’s tempo.
Crossfades between the panned audio signal, and one which has been totally unaffected by any of the preceding effects. This is useful to tame overly extreme effects, or can even be modulated by CV to create further variations.
Controls the output volume of the band in question.
EVEN MORE MODULATION.
The majority of the controls can be freely modulated by external CV. This allows you to create even more extreme effects, or replace our built-in modulation options with an external source.
Check out our audio samples to get an idea of what is possible! samples to get an idea of what is possible!