Have you ever wished that you could use all your virtual instruments libraries for your keyboards or all these incredible virtual amps from your studio for your guitar or bass on stage?
Make your wish come true, then: most laptops are now powerful enough, and with lightweight host applications such as PatchWork and Axiom, you can load many instrument or effect plug-ins and recall them instantly. Just play them on stage!
Latency / Dropout Issues
So you already have a powerful Windows laptop, plenty of plug-ins, a great host application and you cannot get them to play live properly without getting dropouts (“pops”and “clicks”) all the time, unless the latency is ridiculously high? And the CPU usage is not even a problem?
By default, recent Windows laptops are definitely not configured for low latency audio – they are designed for office work / web browsing and saving batteries. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to optimize your Windows laptop or tablet in order to make it usable for real-time audio.
Using this method on a first generation Surface Book laptop, we were able to reduce the latency from (mediocre) 256 samples with occasional drop-outs (bad!), down to 48 samples without any single drop-out! Continue reading →
Today, let’s have a look at the hidden features inside the “Save As User Default” command from our plug-ins’ preset menu: it actually does more than just saving default preset settings!
The idea of this command is to save the current preset as the default preset. So next time you instantiate the plug-in (or load the application), this preset will be loaded by default: if there are settings that you particularly like, save them as default and they will be recalled every time you create a new instance. But wait, there is more! Continue reading →
In this video, Ola focuses on how he would use Axiom as a standalone application for his own live rig, loading his favorite third party plug-ins and controlling the whole thing with a MIDI pedal board.
With the release of Blue Cat’s Plug’n Script v3 and its ability to export VST, VST3 or Audio Unit plug-ins, the support for native (compiled) scripts, you might be wondering who this software has been built for. Is it now only targeted to software developers?
Today we are looking at who we had in mind when designing this very particular plug-in.
But first, as a preamble, let’s answer a key question many people have been asking over the years: Continue reading →
Have you ever dreamed playing your electric guitar with a genuine acoustic guitar sound like this?
In this tutorial we are going to create an monster acoustic guitar simulation preset using a simple coil neck pickup as input and 2 independent Re-Guitar setups, using only Axiom‘s internal Amps and FX (free preset download included), check it out!Continue reading →
Re-Guitar is a plug-in that lets you change the tone of a guitar to improve it or make it sound like another instrument: you can change the pickups, modify the body, or transform your electric guitar into an acoustic instrument.
All of this in real time, with no latency – and no need to actually destroy the guitar: we already did it for you, as you can see below…
It took us quite a bit of time and efforts to create this unique plug-in… Here is the full story, in a few words and pictures! Continue reading →
Let’s do some real magic today with the brand new Re-Guitar plugin: in this tutorial we are going to learn how to turn a single coil sound (typical strat neck pickup) into a hollow body jazz guitar sound, without modifying the guitar… Impossible? Check this out!
The traditional way to manage stereo streams is to use separate left and right channels sources. There is however another way: by recombining these left and right channels, you can actually separate the mid channel (mono or center) from the sides channel (stereo part of the signal).
Processing these recombined mid/side channels instead of the traditional left/right stereo pair is called mid/side processing and it can be very convenient because you can apply different effects to the mono (mid) and stereo (sides) parts of the signal.