MSpectralPan is a panner from Melda Productions, the key feature of which is that it allows users to `pan each frequency individually`. Melda promise that the plug-in therefore has great potential as a mix tool, as well as giving it creative potential.
Melda have taken a very interesting approach with MSpectralPan`s user interface, allowing you to literally draw onto the frequency spectrum in order to define which frequencies should be panned where. As well as a `free drawing` tool, there are various other shapes (such as sine or triangle waves) that you can use to sculpt your sound.
The mix potential of this is obvious; you can quickly eliminate troubling frequency clashes on one side of a stereo mix by panning the frequencies in question somewhere else – although it should be said that you need to be aware that problems could come back if a mix is collapsed to mono due to playback system limitations.
MSpectralPan comes into its own as a creative tool once you start to explore its modulators. There are four of these and they can be used to control any parameter – including other modulators. Each modulator can work as an LFO, level follower, midi/audio triggered ADSR enveloper, randomiser or pitch detector – you can even set them to perform a combination of these functions. Experiment with these in order to add some life and movement to a mix; there is a lot of potential here.
MSpectralPan is available as a 32 or 64 bit plug-in for PC and Mac. It comes in VST, VST3, AAX and AU versions, and you can download it from here.