In my previous post about VSS I mentioned that the same results can probably be had with other and more inexpensive tools — and looky here what turned up in the KVR Developer Challenge 2012:
Proximity — This plug-in is an easy to use distance “pan-pot” based on several psycho-acoustic models. The idea is to give mixing engineer a reliable tool which allows him to manipulate the “depth” of several sound sources in a straight forward and convincing manner.
Space360 — The Space 360 can be used to add spatial “context” to sampled and synthesized sources, to achieve perfectly accurate binaural panning of stereo tracks, to put multiple tracks into the same virtual “room,” or to just add that perfect amount of reverb to make the source sit perfectly in the mix.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to slam the VSS developer or anything and I have only had a very brief look at the above plugins. Just saying that maybe my hunch that you don’t need to pay a hundred bucks for this functionality was even closer to the mark than I thought.