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Old 16th May 2019
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Here below are the answers of Bert and Felix to your questions. They asked that you post questions here in this thread. These will then be collected and answered. Pls. check if already answered, and keep it short and direct? Answers in blue.

1. still unlimited lfo’s, eg’s etc.?

in principle yes, we may, however, limit these to (still ridiculous) high numbers. it should not be forgotten that the more complex the presets, (large numbers of modulators) the more complex editing will become.

2. put off by the knobs vs previous model

Pan SB 2018 was equipped with Davies clones, boringly original, nor very practical either, colors alway just off.
plus: the use of led-code coloring preset tracks asks for transparency.
so far we have not found one single example of a decent off-the-shelf knob. usually they are tarnished, looking like used cigaret filters or rotting teeth (cheap plastics) and the injection molding process demanding certain cavities, were (by default) revealing ugly insides construction fins to prevent after-molding shrinking effects.
in particular disturbing when lighted, which to our opinion is the sole reason to make a knob translucent. Pan knobs are almost handcrafted, because they are lathed. so even in CNC they have a very personal touch. to anyone who does not like them we can only say: very sorry, TS, Pan’s not made for you...

PatG consistently refers to “potentiometers”. There are zero potentiometers on Pan, they are all encoders, hence no dials, hence our own design of a knob accommodating “2-speed” dialing. the sleeker part of the knob to rifle through menu’s, the part with the larger diameter to facilitate finer setting. the ratio is about 1: 2.5

3. bilateral symmetrical / pads appear to have identical functionality / LH and RH Favorites: meaning? / keyboard inversion possible? (ARP 2600, Joe Zawinul)

in terms of tactility and cosmetically the layout is symmetrical, mirrored if you like. the left hand larger knobs deal with the vco’s in a “direct access” way. i.e. without going into editing mode, during performance pitch parameters can be influenced directly - example: de-tuning to get tone beats.
the right hand larger knobs deal with filtering (direct access to frequency), amplitude and FX.

the pads can be patched to anything controllable, so each one can have its own function. example: theremin-like operation, drone variations, etc..

left and right hand favorites are labeled as such because when right hand licks are played, it’s handy to have your presets (if you want to quickly change them) at the free hand side. and the other way around.

keyboard inversion has not been on our list, but is possible to realise, like alternate tuning. these facilities may be, however, avaiable later as free sw upgrades.

re.: Zawinul. he was a particular genious, making almost any synth sound like an accordeon.

4. Looking at the photos offered as close as I can. There is a righthand potentiometer see above statement about encoders. presently labeled "SPICING". Is this
a) randomized pitch modulation or waveform phase drift between the VCOs?
b) a degree of randomness applied to the currently selected editable parameter such as attack, decay, release, LFO depth or LFO speed?
c) a pun on "spacing", as applied to relative offset between cutoff frequency of the state variable filter versus the values of the four format filter values?
d) something else?

left hand master-encoder: menus (label is obvious) right hand master-encoder: spicing, meaning adding salt and pepper (control indices) of the dish chosen in ‘menus’.

5. A lefthand potentiometer is labeled with a non-standard font, and is the opposite of the arpeggiator controls on the right. What is its intended function?

it reads ‘Eery’ and ‘Out of Z Box’ (upside down) it’s one of those things hard to label, controlled by any of the available modulators with a high degree of unpredictability… escaping from the grind.

let us finish by saying that people looking for easy, full-bodied, fat sounding, in fx drowning abletons (beautiful as they may be) should definitely not go for Pan. Pan is a sound desgner tool, as well as a performer instrument. for the one who insists on having his own sounds and a maximum of controllabilty over them.