I'm finally approaching doing my first 5.1 mix. I'm doing this in pro tools 10 HD. My only other experience of 5.1 has been in Logic and Nuendo.

Does pro tools have a built in surround panner? At present all I have is a small box with a green dot in the mix lane. This does the trick but in other programs there is a lot more available, perhaps even a separate pop up window? I just can't seem to find it or have it on this system.

1) Is there something I've missed and hasn't been installed?

2) Have they removed this in typical AVID fashion and do I need to purchase a 3rd party plugin such as maggot's Spanner or Iosono Anymix?


  • Only in ProTools HD, correct?
    – user16786
    Commented Nov 14, 2015 at 17:14

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ProTools does have a built in surround panner, it has for a long time.
Have you read the manual at all? It sounds like you already have a bias against ProTools without having actually used it all based on your 2nd question. You just have to have the 5.1 mixer installed and surround panning will work. Did you click on the small fader next to the volume number? Is your track routed to the correct type of output buss?

  • Not biased at all, Protools is what I use everyday, I just have never done a 5.1 mix on it. Like I said this is the first time I'm tackling 5.1 seriously. I will double check the manual and double check clicking said faders. I have clicked all over it though. It should be installed, pro tools was fully installed, and it is all routed right. The surround panning works... I just can't see an external pop up window for it wherever I click. Commented Mar 10, 2014 at 19:58
  • It looks like this
    – coaxmw
    Commented Mar 10, 2014 at 20:25
  • It looks like this designingsound.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/001.png then you just click on the fader icon next to the output assignment en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Protools9screen.png
    – coaxmw
    Commented Mar 10, 2014 at 20:31
  • It's always worked well for me and can write automation from the panning window. I didn't mean an insult by my ProTools Bias comment, you had just said "2) Have they removed this in typical AVID fashion and do I need..." - as far as I can remember AVID has never removed anything from ProTools that was in a previous version, again no insult intended.
    – coaxmw
    Commented Mar 11, 2014 at 0:22
  • No insult taken honestly. I should've read the manual, I would've skimmed it and missed it though I bet. Thanks again! Commented Mar 11, 2014 at 20:35

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