How To Make A VST, Audio Unit or AAX Plug-In, In 20 Minutes!

Have you ever wondered how you could create your own audio or MIDI plug-ins, without headaches, deep knowledge of C, C++, compilers and linker errors?

Ilya Orlov (also known as “Letimix”), developer and creator of fantastic tools for Plug’n Script, explains you everything you need to know to get started with Plug’n Script and create your own plug-in easily.

Within 20 minutes, with these two video tutorials, you should be able to write your first dsp scripts and export a plug-in of your own, check them out!

Looking for more more in-depth tutorials and tips and tricks to write your own plug-ins? Please visit the Letimix Plug’n Script page: it is great source of information for audio plug-ins development!

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The Problem With Headphones And How To Fix It!

All audio professionals and musicians know it: listening to music on headphones sounds unnatural and causes ear fatigue, whereas the same experience with speakers or when listening to instruments directly in a room does not have the same problems.

Why? And how can this be fixed? That’s the questions we propose to answer in this article. Continue reading

Built-In Plug-Ins: What’s Included?

As you’re probably aware, Blue Cat’s PatchWork, MB-7 Mixer, Late Replies and Axiom are able to load third-party plug-ins. But did you know that they also all come with many built-in Blue Cat Audio effects and utility plug-ins? There’s so many of them that they’re almost hard to keep track of. So here’s a walkthrough of what you get. First—why do we call them “built-in”? Because if you get them as part of these “host-in-the-host” style plug-ins, they can only be used inside of those plug-ins. Which is of course what you would probably do anyway. All of the built-in plug-ins include the standard features that all Blue Cat Audio plug-ins have: they come loaded with presets, support MIDI learn and MIDI program change, Many of them also include tone maps support.

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5 Reasons To Use PatchWork

Blue Cat Audio’s PatchWork is a plug-in in which you can load up to 64 other plug-ins. How is that useful? Here are five reasons.

1. Easy management and recall of your template plug-in chains
Many mix engineers find they often reuse specific combinations of plug-ins for similar sound sources. For example one template plug-in chain for bass guitar, one for vocals, and another for the master bus. PatchWork makes it easy to manage and recall these plug-in chains—just save a preset and quickly recall it at any time. You can combine any VST, VST3 or AU plug-ins, from any brand.

2. Quickly switch between different plug-ins or plug-in chains
PatchWork allows you to create eight parallel plug-in chains. So for example, you can create one PatchWork preset for bass guitar. In that preset, you add one plug-in chain for picked rock bass, one for present finger-style playing, one for fat reggae bass, one for slapping … and then you simply switch between them depending on the track you’re working on.

In a similar way, you can of course also use PatchWork to make side-by-side comparisons between individual plug-ins. Which compressor plug-in is really the best choice for this particular track? Add your candidates to PatchWork and quickly switch back and forth between them.

3. Create simple or complex plug-in chains with the effects in series or in parallel
PatchWork makes it easy for you to get creative. Not only can you add eight plug-in chains, but you can also run them in parallel and set their relative levels.

4. Combine synths and instruments to create new exciting sounds
This also works with synths and instruments. With PatchWork Synth (included in the purchase), you can add synths and instruments and create entirely new sounds and textures by combining them. Of course, you play them all simultaneously from a single MIDI keyboard or controller.

5. Use identical plug-in chains and settings across different DAWs
Saving your effects or instrument chains in PatchWork as opposed to in your DAW means you can open those plug-in chains independent of the DAW. So if you switch between DAWs depending on your clients’ or collaborators’ preference, or work in different studios, you can always take your PatchWork presets with you and recall them in any DAW.

Excited yet? Go ahead and try out the free demo of PatchWork now.

Tone Maps: A New Approach To Sound Design And Tone Control

Chorus Tone MapInitially designed to navigate presets in 2D and create new guitar amp tones in Destructor and Axiom by morphing between presets (See this tone explorer video for more details), tone maps have now been implemented in several built-in effects that can be found in Axiom, PatchWork, MB-7 Mixer and Late Replies.

Let’s see how this new feature may change your approach to sound design and plug-in control for other types of effects.

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Tweaking Guitar & Bass Presets For Live Gigs

From the very beginning, Blue Cat’s Axiom was designed to let you use the same guitar tones in the studio and on stage.

In a live situation, you can control Axiom with any MIDI compatible controller, to change some of the parameters or switch between presets, like you would do with regular “out of the box” gear – you probably do not want to play with a mouse on stage!

In this tutorial we’ll give you a few tips to optimize your presets for seamless switching between tones during a live gig, minimizing the delay and potential audio glitches when switching to a new preset while playing. Continue reading

How to Make Reverb Sound Good

Blue Cat’s Axiom, Late Replies, Patchwork & MB-7 Mixer plug-ins all come bundled with a long list of built-in effects, including this unique Reverb plugin. Learn more about its settings, how they influence the sound of the produced reverberation, and get started with some good basic settings for different uses.

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Mac OS 10.15 Catalina Status Update

So Mac OS 10.15 Catalina is finally here! We would like to share with you a quick status update following up our survival guide for Mac OS Catalina.

We still do not recommend to update for the moment, of course, but regarding our plug-ins, it should be mostly fine, as far as we can tell (there are not many host applications and audio interfaces that can be used for testing).

Here are the details: Continue reading

Mac OS 10.15 Catalina Survival Guide

Apple’s new Mac OS 10.15 Catalina is likely to hit the App Store this week. Here are a few tips on how to survive this new system…

Should You Upgrade?

Well, of course not!

Every year, new Mac OS releases come with compatibility issues, and Catalina will probably be much worse, given the drastic changes:

  1. No more 32-bit applications: if you are still using 32-bit apps and plug-ins, with Catalina you can forget about it. It will just not load 32-bit only plug-ins or applications.
  2. Hardened security: Mac OS 10.15 comes with new security rules that will impact pro audio applications quite a bit, and plug-ins even more. Expect random crashes or error messages that will specific to every single host application.

So it is definitely worth waiting before you upgrade. Continue reading