Rob Papen celebrates the 25th anniversary of his brand with a new freebie: RP-PAN creative panning plugin for macOS and Windows.

With successful releases like Blue II FM synth and Blade II under his belt, it’s fair to say Rob Papen is a celebrated developer. Now, the multi-talented developer, sound designer, and musician has some celebrating of his own to do.

25 years in business is a massive achievement for any brand, and Rob Papen is marking the occasion in style.

The release of RP-PAN, a creative panning FX plugin, isn’t Rob Papen’s only anniversary surprise. He’s also offering a 25% discount on all RP plugins. The discount is available at the Rob Papen store and via Plugin Boutique until June 30th, 2022.

On that note, it’s a good time for a reminder that the Soundwide Intro Bundle is still available for £44.95 (97% discount) at Plugin Boutique.

RP-PAN is a simple but clever plugin that allows you to record pan movements between left and right in the stereo field. That description might not sound overly exciting yet, but in typical Rob Papen style, RP-PAN has some quirky features to make things more interesting.

The heart of the plugin is the Panning Sphere, which you can see right in the middle of the GUI. You can drag it manually to record pan movements or use one of the included presets.

RP-PAN allows for straightforward or complex panning movements that can change the feel of a track without changing the character of the sound.

It also features a Doppler FX option and Lazy Mode for automatic panning movements.

The most interesting aspect of RP-PAN has to be the tempo-based Spring Back feature. Spring Back lets the Panning Sphere revert to the Center or Left/Right positions. You can adjust the Spring Back Time, Destination, and Quantization.

Here’s a quote from Rob Papen’s website: “From left to right, the center position of the – Rob Papen – brand has always been about creating plugins that think outside of the box whilst being extremely useful at the same time, this of course really ‘pans’ out literally in your music productions!”

RP-PAN is another welcome addition to what has been a good few weeks for panning effects. We recently looked at the very cool Panflow by Audiomodern; check it out if you haven’t already.

RP-PAN is available in AU, VST, VST3, and AAX formats for macOS (10.13 to 12 – M1 compatible) and Windows (7/8/10/11).

Download: RP-PAN

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