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PanCake by Cableguys is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin and an Audio Units Plugin.
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PanCake is a free plug-in that allows you to create flexible panning modulations.

"As you'd expect from Cableguys, PanCake is a wacky, customisable, over-the-top stereo panner—it's autopanning taken to loony extremes."
— Computer Music Specials, August 2011.

Key Features:

  • Creative modulation tool: Create complex pan modulations with ease.
  • Unique waveform drawing capabilities: Construct your own modulation curves in an intuitive manner. Waveforms can be easily drawn using soft or hard breakpoints, thus producing gentle transitions or sharp bends in the waveform.
  • Customized waveforms: Up to 10 customized waveforms can be stored.
  • LFO speed: LFO speed can be set free-running from 0.02 Hz to 5.24 kHz. It can also be set in rhythmic units synced to the host sequencer, from a fast 1/128 note modulation up to 32 bars.
  • Always in sync: The LFO will always stay in sync, even when you make tempo changes in your host software, or jump ahead to different parts of your track.
  • Complete parameter control via automation: Absolutely everything in PanCake can be automated. Even the shape of the modulating waveform can be automated. And if you want to use more than four modulation curves in a song, you can automate the plugin to switch between them.
  • New in version 2: A precise display of channel left/right volume for helpful visual control, an option to trigger the LFO via MIDI notes, a dry/wet control, plus a redesigned interface.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.50 from 2 reviews

Reviewed By RobertSchulz [all]
September 4th, 2022
Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows

Cool Autopan plugin.

I like the active visualizations and the editing options to shape the curve to one's own desire. Also the up to 10 shapes per plugin instance is great for testing which one is the most suited.

Now, the vertical design is unique but however feels a little incomfortable when editing to be honest (even if it actually gives a better immersion of how the sound is traveling between L and R). Having a metric to time or beats/bars on the x-axis is my preference. I wish there would be an option to swap PanCake to 'horizontal mode'.

Another thing: The text of the parameters and its values as well as some elements are extremely small and very hard to read on modern desktops. And on other location, many space is useless wasted at the interface.

The design in general could also be improved. The modulation to be stronger visible and beat divisions (maybe by numeric values) a little bit better to notice.

After more than 10 years, an update would be really appreciated.

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Reviewed By Ghettopanda [all]
June 11th, 2015
Version reviewed: 2.5 on Windows

Simple, effective and full of interesting/unique panning presets. Slick and clear GUI. Does exactly what you want it to do and more (if you want).

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Comments & Discussion for Cableguys PanCake

Discussion: Active
7 March 2016 at 2:50pm

Not really available any more. Is now a trial for PanShaper. No time limit, One instance limit, No saving.

Jakob / Cableguys
Jakob / Cableguys
7 March 2016 at 4:56pm

Not true. PanCake is still available and will be, and has no limitation.

PanShaper offers many more features, though.

4 July 2016 at 1:28pm

i tried to install pancake on my windows 10 computer and Norton 360 blocked and removed it saying that it is a virus called reputation 9 what is going on?

Jakob / Cableguys
Jakob / Cableguys
4 July 2016 at 3:02pm

This is a false alarm of your virus scanner (if you downloaded PanCake from directly from our website http://www.cableguys.com/pan-cake.html)

So please disable your virus scanner during installation and turn it back on immediately afterwards.

In general, if you're unsure, you can also upload the file to an online virus scanner, such as https://www.virustotal.com, which checks with a ton of different virus scanners. If only one or two report a virus, then most likely it's a false alarm.

14 October 2017 at 12:40am

Good plugin, except the panning isn't drastic enough.

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