Updated to version 3, Boz Digital Labs’ Panipulator tests your music “on various less-than-ideal playback systems.”
Your latest mix may sound perfect on your expensive, well-positioned high-end studio monitors, but unfortunately that’s not how all of your audience will hear it. Not all listening is done in stereo. Many venues such as nightclubs, restaurants and shops often play mono audio to ensure everyone hears the same thing. Some cheaper home speakers are also often mono. Ensuring everyone can hear all elements of your track, regardless of their listening device, is an important lesson that can be overlooked by beginning producers.
Panipulator hopes to help you get an accurate mix translation on all devices. The free and updated plugin checks mono compatibility, speaker polarity, identifies phase issues in multi-mic instruments, isolates speakers to mono and more.
The just-released third version of the CPU-friendly tool has an updated GUI, along with simple and streamlined controls. A big red MONO button, unsurprisingly allows you to listen to your mix in mono. Below are new lofi effect buttons. You can also invert the left and right channels, reverse the polarity of either channel, and adjust the panning law using the 0, -3 and -6 buttons. The panning law compensates for any increase in level when two signals are summed in mono. Any moving elements that pan left and right, when played in mono, can turn that movement into a push/pull feeling. Adjusting the pan law per track can solve this problem.
- Simple and streamlined user interface
- Check the mono compatibility of the mixes
- Identify problems in the stereo field
- Hear what your mixes will sound like in imperfect playback media
- Use corrective or creative
- Reverse phase on left and right speakers individually
- Isolate speakers to mono, in and out of phase
- Flip the stereo field to assess differences in speaker playback
- Listen in “LoFi” mode
Panipulator 3 is available in VST2.4, VST3, AU, AAX and standalone formats, and compatible on 64-bit macOS 10.11 or later, Windows XP or later, with at least 2 GB or RAM and 150 MB of space. To download the free plugin, head hereClick on Add to Cart, See cart, Proceed to checkoutthen create an account.