The Guitar Contest that goes to 11: solos selected for the final jury

As announced earlier, we have counted the number of YouTube likes on December 1st to select the 10 videos which are now currently been examined by the jury. Well, there are actually 11 videos since the last two had the same number of likes!

The YouTube playlist has been sorted accordingly (the first 11 are selected for the final countdown).

The jury, composed of Martin Miller, Jean Fontanille, Hans Van Even and the Blue Cat Audio team will now vote for the top 4 entries who will win a prize. The winners should be announced shortly, keep connected!

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It’s Time To Vote For the Best Guitar Solo!

Many thanks to the candidates who have submitted their entry to the Blue Cat Audio guitar contest! We have created a YouTube playlist that lists all entries.

Please vote for your favorite solos (like the videos on YouTube) before December 1st! The first 10 candidates will be chosen for the final selection, and Martin Miller, Jean Fontanille, Hans Van Even and the Blue Cat Audio team will vote for the top 4 entries who will win a prize.

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Improve Stereo Image With Delays

Delays are omnipresent in our modern productions, and while the basic purpose of a delay is to repeat signals, you can get some interesting stereo image effects using different L & R repetitions. Here’s a very simple tip on how to do that and which will never fail on you. Let’s use the Blue Cat’s Late Replies delay plug-in on a guitar track.

Step 1: Insert Late Replies on your track and start with the default settings like in our example. Be sure to sync Late Replies to your host’s tempo by checking the sync button (see screenshot for details) and use a basic tempo of 120 BPM in your DAW. Play the track and hear the results, for now there should be only one delay sound in mono.

Step 2: Set the Pattern section to OFF as we are just going to use a simple feedback delay in stereo.

 

 

Step 3: Now we are going to use different patterns on left and right channels so you have a nice stereo image. What I use is a 4th note delay on the left channel and a dotted eight delay on the right channel. Follow these steps:

Step 4: Set L1 delay to one quarter note (= one repeat each beat) and L2 to a dotted eight note like in the image. So what you do is using 3/4 of your initial delay on the other channel which gives a very wide and open sound.

 

 

Step 5: Now set your FB level to 50%

 

 

 

Step 6: Set your FB Pan completely to the left on the L1 channel (Left) and completely to the right on the L2 channel (Right).

 

 

Step 7: Here are the results with dry and wet sound. You can further adjust the mix using the Dry and Wet controls at the top left of Late Replies:

Clean Sound – Dry:

Clean Sound – Late Replies Stereo Delay:

Drive Sound – Dry:

Drive Sound – Late Replies Stereo Delay:

Enjoy 🙂

8 Tips To Get The Best Guitar Tone With Plug-Ins

We live in a world with many guitarists, tons of tools and a lot of options to record our beloved guitars. Yet I feel we spend more time practicing than tweaking our sounds, while the tone is actually as important as the notes we play. Let’s take the example of guitar icon Jimi Hendrix. He spent literally nights in between gigs tweaking sounds with his recording engineer, and his tone was legend!

For sure tone is subjective, and it depends also on how you play, but there are a few tricks that can help you to get the best out of your guitar using today’s DAW based recording software.

Here are my top 8 points which I hope can help you to achieve a better tone : Continue reading

MacOS 10.14 Mojave Compatibility

We are glad to announce that our software is compatible with MacOS 10.14 “Mojave”.

Although we usually do not recommend upgrading your production machine until Apple’s system is fully debugged and compatible with your host applications and various plug-ins, you should not have major problems using our software with this new version today, with a few limitations in dark mode (see below for more details).

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Blue Cat Audio Guitar Contest: Prizes Worth $1,796!

We are happy to announce our first guitar contest with the opportunity to win our acclaimed guitar & audio software Blue Cat’s Axiom, Destructor, Axe Pack and All Plug-Ins Pack, with a backing track provided by JTC (jtcguitar.com) and written by Martin Miller (martinmillerguitar.com).

All you need to do is record yourself playing your own guitar solo on the JTC backing track, using one of our amp simulations plug-ins: Blue Cat’s Free Amp, or the demo of Blue Cat’s Destructor or Axiom. Upload your video to your YouTube account and share it on the Blue Cat Audio Facebook page. 10 players will be selected from the YouTube likes, and the final jury (composed by Martin Miller and the Blue Cat Audio team) will vote for the 4 winners.

The contest will be running from September 17th until November 15th 2018, so get started, record your best solo and share it with us! 🙂

Entry Rules :

  1. Download the Blue Cat Audio Free Amp here (or the demo version of Destructor or Axiom). Tip: you can use our other free plug-ins too!
  2. Download the Jam Track Central backing track here.
  3. Record a video with your solo along with the above JTC backing track and upload it to your YouTube account using the tag #bluecataudiogiveaway and post the YouTube link on the official Blue Cat Audio Facebook page.
  4. Only one entry per person.
  5. A pre-selection of 10 players will be done based on YouTube likes.
  6. Submissions are to be entered in before November 15th, 2018.
  7. For the final selection, Martin Miller, Jean Fontanille, Hans Van Even and the Blue Cat Audio team will vote for the top 4 entries.
  8. Grab your guitar and enjoy! 😉

The prize packages includes:

  • 1st place: A full license of Blue Cat’s All Plugins Pack value $1199
  • 2nd place: A full license of Blue Cat’s Axe Pack value $299
  • 3rd place: A full license of Blue Cat Audio’s new Axiom plugin value $199
  • 4th place: A full license of Blue Cat Audio’s acclaimed Destructor plugin value $99

Guitar backing track written by Martin Miller and kindly provided by Jam Track Central (www.jtcguitar.com – all rights reserved) to use for the Blue Cat Audio Guitar Contest 2018.

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