PanCake 2 is one of the best free vst panning plugins on the market. This plug-in is used for automating the panning information of whatever you have running through it. It can be used to create good atmospheres and depth (I’ll explain below).
Pancake 2 Features
10 banks you can load presets (has good ones) or custom modulations into.
Various Sync Options: Beat and Hertz
Midi Control: Trigger modulations via your midi controller.
This is great for a free vst/au plugin. Most free plugins give you the bare minimum.
While it’s customary to keep your kick, snare, and a good percent of your drums in the middle, sometimes you want to add movement and separation. One way to do that is having your hi-hats and splashy sounds (high end) tickle the stereo spectrum.
Now you can toss Pancake onto your channel and let it run freely in default mode or you can get creative and craft your own modulation curves. You have the ability to set Pancake 2 to sync with your Daw’s BPM or you can set it to run freely, either way will work (Beat or Hertz Sync options).
Place Pancake 2 on your non-dominant sounds including synths and even low-end information. Turn your wet knob to 20-30% (dial in to taste) and set a relatively gentle or slow modulation. This will build width and depth within your mix without killing the center if and when the track plays on mono systems.
Play with the time values: 1/4, 1/32, 1/64, etc. Automate them to vary time within your song/instrumental. I like to speed up certain elements of my track or slow them down for interesting buildups and breakdowns.
Pancake 2 is both Mac and windows and compatible and offered in the following formats; AU, VST (64/32 bit compatibility).
Download PanCake 2 here