In this week's Friday Free Plug-in, we are featuring Panipulator, a useful tool for checking mixes on mono and incorrectly wired playback systems.
What is Panipulator?
Panipulator is a tool which allows you to check your mix in mono, left only, right only or both channels but with one channel inverted. Why would you want to do this? Boz Digital labs explain:
"Even though you spent considerable time and effort getting your mix to sound amazing on your monitors, there is still one very important question: What will it sound like playing at a theme park? or at the dentists office? or on your old radio? What if they wired one of the speakers backwards?
As much as we’d like to think that everyone is listening our music in stereo, the truth is that many many people are listening in less than ideal environments. Panipulator lets you hear what your mix will sound like in those environments so you can be sure that your mixes will translate across all systems.
What will your mix sound like summed to mono? Flip a switch to find out. What if someone wires their system so that they can only hear the left channel? Flip a switch to hear what that sounds like. What if they reverse the wiring on one of their speakers? Flip a switch to find out to see how that will affect your song."
How Do I Get This Plug-in?
Go to the Boz Digital Labs website and purchase the plugin via the webstore. The price of the plug-in is $0 but you need to complete the transaction and set up an account to access your installer. This plug-in doesn't require an iLok or any authorisation. This plug-in is available for Mac and Windows in AAX, RTAS, VST and AU formats.