Toms Surround Panner

The surround panner I always wanted for Bitwig Studio

I do almost all my sound work in Bitwig Studio and in surround, but Bitwig Studio only has stereo tracks, so working in surround needs some clever routing tricks, but otherwise works very well.

Originally I had built a surround panner from Bitwig 1.x factory devices and while it works okay, it was a bit of a cludge and not the easiest thing to use.

So after a while I wanted to finally create a surround panner that would deal with everything I typically need in one go: Manual panning with a big XY pad, LFO based rotation around the listener and random movements. All of them can be faded into each other gradually and mixed and matched to taste.
The desired centre speaker amount can be dialled in and the two outer front speakers are faded out when the cursor is in the centre in that case.
Also, the LFE amount can be set and a cutoff frequency for it is available.

The output follows the Windows surround pattern: L, R, C, LFE, LR, RR

In Bitwig Studio one only has to load the ensemble into a Reaktor 6 instance and create three output chains on the multi-output page of the Reaktor device, those then are Front, Center & LFE and Rear respektively.

It's built completely in Reaktor Core (other than the GUI) so performance should be good.

Toms Surround Panner

Download the Reaktor 6 ensemble here:

Toms Surround Panner

Bitwig Studio 2.x Panner

In the meantime I no longer use above panner much - having that many instances of Reaktor 6 in a project is quite a drag on the system even if they don't do much - but created a surround panner in Bitwig Studio 2.x with the excellent new modifiers:

Toms BWS 2.x Surround Panner

The XY pad on the upper left (expanded in the screenshot) is the main control where you can manually pan your input signal.

"Volume" is the overall volume regardless of the channel. I use this to adjust the general volume. This leaves the three output lane faders in the mixer for actual mixing.

"Width" is adjusting the Width parameter in the three Tool devices in the output lanes, basically allowing you to widen the stereo field of the input or make it mono for panning.

"Rate" adjusts the speed of the two Random modulators.

"Amount" adjusts how much the Random modulators move the point you set manually in the XY pad around. Set it to zero to make it a full manual panner.

The two Random modulators can be set to whatever kind of motion you like.

"Center" finally allows you to either use the Center channel or not. Without it, the central front position will be a blend between Left and Right, with it on, it will be mainly routed to the Center speaker with just a bit of Left and Right mixed in (adjust to taste in the modulations).

I don't handle the LFE here, but do that in the output assignments of my setup.

Download the BWS 2.x preset here:

P.S. I wrote a tutorial about how to do 4.0/5.1 Surround Sound in Bitwig Studio on KVR. There you can also find my current surround template with an advanced panner.


Toms Surround Panner Reaktor 6