Dytronics Cyclosonic Panner®

Dytronics Cyclosonic Panner®


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Add 3D space and motion with a vintage, one‑of‑a‑kind processor.

Introduced in 1984, the Dytronics Cyclosonic Panner was a revolutionary analog auto-panner that created stunning, 3D-panning and modulation effects, imparting instant vibe and stereo character to any source.

Developed by Softube — and available exclusively for UAD hardware and Apollo interfaces — the Dytronics Cyclosonic Panner plug-in is an exacting emulation of the ultra-rare hardware, and adds a number of "plug-in only" features for more creative options and truly unique soundscapes.

Now You Can:

Create stunning 3D effects on any instrument with bi‑directional "Round Sound" panning

Use the variable and shapeable LFO to control 3D panning

Gate-trigger panning effects from any input source and sync to DAW tempo

Stereo-ize a mono source, while adding the warm analog tone of the original hardware

Take a Listen

Take a Listen
A Rare Bird

A Rare Bird

The original Dytronics Cyclosonic Panner was a high-end outboard studio effects unit that offered both stereo and quad-stereo support. It achieved near-mythical status for its one-of-a-kind, proprietary 3D effects and its impressive tonal signature. The unit was marketed under two different brand names, Dytronics and Songbird, during its years of production. Today, the hardware units are exceedingly rare.

Trigger Warning

Trigger Warning

The UAD Dytronics Cyclosonic Panner plug-in provides multiple ways to control its panning effects — both standard and 3D. Trigger the panning from the built-in LFO, which you can adjust for speed, shape, amount, and depth, or gate-trigger it from any input source and adjust the sensitivity. The bi-directional, "Round Sound" panning yields a 3D sound stage unlike any other auto-panner available.

Best of Old and New

Best of Old and New

The UAD Dytronics Cyclosonic Panner gives you exclusive, “plug-in only” features that greatly enhance this one-of-a kind effect. Use the Sync function to match the the plug-in to your DAW so that panning effects lock to your song's tempo, or instantly re-patch the outputs, choosing from a variety of configurations including those from the original unit's quad-stereo network, for limitless panning possibilities.


Exacting emulation of the ultra rare Dytronics Cyclosonic Panner analog hardware

Imparts instant vibe and stereo character on a variety of sources

Auto-panning with variable and shapeable LFO

3D panning with variable and shapeable LFO

Gate function for triggered panning with adjustable sensitivity

Exclusive plug-in only features include DAW sync for LFO and flexible stereo input/output configurations

Customer Reviews

Dytronics® Cyclosonic Panner

Overall Rating

(26 reviews)

B. McDade

February 20, 2018

Great creative fun with all things PAN shaped!!!

buy while you can stack your rack (bought with Tri Chorus.... brilliant fun!)

L. Roccatagliati

February 2, 2018

love it

It's a magical tool for percussions loop!

M. Vergeade

January 14, 2018

Let your sound travel !

The most efficient panner I know, , including amazing3D possibilities and many more presets of modulation : a big success !!!

M. Kartashev

January 13, 2018


This is awesome been waiting for a good emulation of some analog rack panner for a while...
Many tools can do similar task but this one got some unique character and feel.
Very nice hope to see more emulations of rare and unique tools like this...

J. Cunningham

January 12, 2018

Shoegaze daydream

Absolutely brilliant plugin, albeit simple in some aspects. Add to a rhythm guitar, and it's instant shoegazing. Once again, UA offers world class mixing and sound design tools to the palette. Thank you!

S. Shrimpton

January 10, 2018

A worthy addition for subtle movement and variation.

Really nice auto panning plugin. This thing is a must have for sound designers. But as an effect for general mix duties, its a fantastic but non essential tool. It can create a sense of 3D space, which is very reminiscent of certain 80’s tracks and goes from over the top tremolo, and strobe like volume/panning to a mild sense of movement and subtle variation. A really useful way of adding energy to cymbals and hi-hats, but I imagine this thing will be a dream on choppy samples, synth leads and chords. Probably great on Edge like guitars too. You can get similar results with automation, or stock plugins for sure, but this thing has a certain warmth and depth to it that makes it valuable. I can see myself using this with subtly on cymbals/hi-hats pretty frequently. Good job UA!

J. Beck

December 12, 2017

The UberPanner

3D is the key word here!! This makes other very popular panners seem completely B-grade (which I will not name out of politeness). So many possibilities with this thing. Also gives a subtle but interesting character to the sound. It definitely takes a few minutes of fiddling around to properly understand how to set it for your needs, but once you do, it's like a magic stick for motion and psychoacoustics.

P. Perfetto

November 20, 2017

Very creative

I love this plugin, and its super creative, and creates a great 3D image for things like hi hats, percussion, and creates movement in the track.

N. Fernandes

November 16, 2017

Very cool but...

It's a really cool, creative effect. I just wish there was a mix knob in the plugin. Other than that, really sweet.

V. van Tiel

November 10, 2017

Really 3D

I love this one. I put it subtle on the background vocal. Now the lead vocal sounds 3D and alive. Great tool. Not your standard panner.

S. Vitiello

October 15, 2017

loving it

I had used the hardware version of this 20 years ago and always wondered if I'd find a plugin that might come close. This does all I need and has been so much fun to use

C. Perez Iserte

September 30, 2017

Perfect for me!

add the color I need in low frequencies, I do not need to do anything else for me.

C. Perez Iserte

September 30, 2017


I thought a boring panner like everyone else, but no. This is really the panner we should all use, you can do it all

G. Perry

September 25, 2017

Gr8 Floater

Really interesting is this one. I have many panner / stereo toys and this one is currently my favourite. Has a great analogue sound and fun to play around with. Highly recommended, well done Softube. Thanks UAD

M. Hailey

September 19, 2017

Haven't stopped using it!

An excellent secret weapon. I have just finished mixing an ambient electronic music album and this was invaluable for adding subtle movement and 3D imaging to pads.

E. Bautista Garcia

September 17, 2017

Unexpected !!!

I've used quite a few panners in the past, both hard & soft cause I'm a lot into psychoacoustics, never heard 'bout Dytronics until I saw as a plugin in UAD2 and I thought I'll give it a try. The presets don't do much justice to the power inside, so after working with it for a couple of weeks I was amazed at the potential of this engine, specially with headphones and a good 5.1 system. It works wonders on stereo speakers too. Give it a try !!!


September 9, 2017

Great creative tool....

When you will find idea to use it creatively...you will never come back....you can give life ans swing to a lot of things..... lead....snare...hat....anything....

S. Chahley

September 3, 2017


This unit has been on my wish list as a plug in for over a decade - dreams do come true! Completely worth the wait - there is nothing else like this. Thanks UA for resurrecting a true classic that was well ahead of it's time...

W. Brown

September 1, 2017


After getting the feel of the Cyclosonic Panner I am now thinking of things to write for the sole purpose of processing through the Panner.

UAD User

August 30, 2017

Only panner you need

Incredible panner with unique and powerful controls. Only panner I feel that gives a edge to a mix.