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Max for Live

Surround Panner

de Ableton

Surround Panner is a free Max for Live device that makes mixing for performances, installations and theaters using multi-channel speaker setups possible in Live. Simply load the device into a track in your Live set and use the XY control to place it anywhere in the surround field. Eight presets allow you to choose between four-, six- and eight-channel setups.

Included with Live 12 Suite.

Using a streamlined set of controls, Surround Panner gives you precise control of your surround field. The Rotate control allows you to adjust circular movement in a two-dimensional space. The Smooth control allows you to make fluid position changes, even when using stepped automation that would otherwise produce a jarring effect. Focus controls how much a signal positioned in one speaker bleeds into the other speakers in the array. And Center provides volume compensation for signals panned into the middle of the surround field [that usually sound louder]. Finally, a multi-dimensional crossfader enables experimental routing and advanced sound design.


  • XY controlled, multi-speaker panning device with smoothing functionality.
  • Rotation control for circular movement in a two-dimensional space.   
  • Focus control for specific positioning and speaker separation.
  • Eight presets for a variety of speaker configurations.
  • Per-channel routing.
  • Shared output routing when using multiple devices.

Included with Live 12 Suite.