[sdiy] Panning (again)
markverbos at gmail.com
Tue Dec 22 11:08:11 CET 2020
Douglas Self wrote pretty extensively about this in “Small Signal Audio Design” (very recommended), though mostly not voltage controlled.
If you want to really go down the rabbit hole, start with a goal of using just a pair of VCAs to do level and panning on a mixer channel. Then ask yourself if you want to use exponential or linear VCAs. Then let the games begin. Serge did us the service of designing this type of thing for both kinds of VCAs (in his case a discrete Blackmer cell and a CA3280), so his circuits are a good jumping off point. That Corp makes an evaluation board for their THAT2162, which is a bit like half of a 2164 (exponential), they have a circuit that allows you to adjust the pan curve.
I worked with Michael Zähl on the "CV channel” for the AM1 high end mixing board. Since everything is voltage controlled, it has a LOT of VCAs. He became so specific about the curve of not just the panning, but the level control that he ended up adding a transistor pair logging circuit in the control path of each VCA to tweak the curve. And each of those has to be trimmed.
> On Dec 16, 2020, at 12:17 AM, Tom Wiltshire <tom at electricdruid.net> wrote:
> There’s a load of similar and useful circuits here, including dry/wet mixing:
> http://www.geofex.com/Article_Folders/panner.pdf <http://www.geofex.com/Article_Folders/panner.pdf>
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>> On 15 Dec 2020, at 19:35, Didier Leplae via Synth-diy <synth-diy at synth-diy.org <mailto:synth-diy at synth-diy.org>> wrote:
>> Is there a simple way to do a similar circuit but reversed, like for a dry/wet pot?
>>> On Dec 15, 2020, at 12:38 PM, David G Dixon <dixon at mail.ubc.ca <mailto:dixon at mail.ubc.ca>> wrote:
>>> Hey Team,
>>> I've been thinking about this panning thing, and I came up with the following very simple pot-based panning circuit:
>>> The gain responses of this circuit are shown below, and compared with sin and cos responses:
>>> I believe that I can create a voltage-controlled version of this simple pot panning circuit fairly easily by replacing the pot with a pair of modified Irwin 2164 circuits. I did this for the Morphing LFO.
>>> Would this response suffice as an "equal power" panner?
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