The Spins: Multiband Stereo Rotator


Create psychedelic panning effects as music appears to orbits in circles around you. Sounds are divided into four frequency bands (high, high midrange, low midrange, and low) and each is rotated independently. Set these speeds close to one another to create chime-like shimmers or make the lows churn slowly while higher frequencies circle quickly. Mix with dry signal for sweeping phase cancellation. Doppler detuning can provide a warbling pitch shift with each rotation for a rich chorusing effect.

Chris Warren on guitar.

Doppler Detune

The Doppler effect is the acoustic phenomenon where sounds rapidly approaching a listener appear to rise in pitch while retreating sounds lower in pitch.  The horn of a passing car is a common example of this.  Doppler detune controls the amount of pitch variance within each rotation, as though the sounds are revolving in a horizontal circle in front of the listener.  This recreates the effect of a rotating speaker, such as those commonly used with electric organs.  Since this control is independent of the rotation speeds of the individual frequency bands, high detune settings can be used in conjunction with fast speeds to produce pronounced warbling effects.   When set to 0, sounds will instead appear to orbit the listener.


Control the mix between no effect (0%) and full effect (100%).  Mixing wet and dry signals can produce beautifully sweeping phase cancellation and also make the Doppler Detune more pronounced.

Frequency Bands

The stack of four red bars represent the four frequency bands of the effect.  From top to bottom these are high, high midrange, low midrange, and low.  Clicking on any band will mute it.  Each band has an independant control for rotation speed, from 0 Hz (stopped) to 11 Hz (eleven rotations per second).  When stopped, bands are parked at their current rotational position.

Crossover Points

The three black arrows on the right control the crossover points which separate the four frequency bands, displayed in the adjacent blue bubbles.  The ranges of these are 9000-3000 Hz (high to high midrange crossover), 2000-600 Hz (high midrange to low midrange), and 500-50 Hz (low midrange to low).

Preset Menu

The black arrow in the white box on the left contains a menu of 10 unique presets.

System Requirements

Mac OSX 10.5+ or Windows 7/8/10

Ableton Live 9 Standard and Max for Live or Live 9 Suite



Designer & Programmer: Chris Warren

Testers: Serena Andrews, Kristopher Apple, Cooper Baker, Joseph Del Carpini, Christopher Donahue, Samuel Doshier, Nicholas Drashner, Kevin Haywood, Christian Kjeldsen, and Sergio Togliatti.

Special thanks to Miller Puckette, F. Richard Moore, and Jonathan Abel.

Made in California – Copyright 2015 SuperHoax