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

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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Blue Cat’s Axiom – News!

So you are wondering what’s going on with Blue Cat’s Axiom since its announcement at NAMM earlier this year? It’s not Q2 yet, but we are making progress!

Blue Cat’s Destructor 1.3

We have just shipped Blue Cat’s Destructor 1.3, and all the improvements for this release will be included into Axiom.

So you might want to check out the latest version of Blue Cat’s Destructor to have an idea of what guitar and bass amp simulations will look and sound like in Blue Cat’s Axiom 1.0!

New Built-In Effects

Some of the new built-in effects for Axiom: Click to enlarge

As you can see in the screenshot here, new built-in effects have been added since our NAMM demos.

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NAMM 2018 Day One: Guitar Software Day!

It’s almost day one at NAMM, are you ready? We’ve got lots of news for the show this year, so we’ll be posting (almost) every day. And today is guitar day at Blue Cat Audio!

Blue Cat’s Axiom

As announced earlier this week, we’ll be showing off Axiom on our booth (#16300).

Pick up a free pick on the booth and try our new multi effects processor and amp simulation software for guitar and bass! Continue reading

Destructor 1.21 and PatchWork 2.11 Released

We have just released new versions of Blue Cat’s Destructor and PatchWork.

 

Blue Cat’s Destructor 1.21 is a maintenance release that fixes an issue appeared with version 1.2. It is highly recommended to update as the sound of the plug-in is impacted by this bug appeared in version 1.2. You can read more details here.

Blue Cat’s PatchWork 2.11 improves presets management and fixes a problem with the VST3 instrument version in Cubase:

Cubase has a bug with VST3 instruments and sets the last loaded preset number after having restored their state (which is not supposed to happen). The impact depends on the implementation, but for our own plug-ins, this used to fully reset the state of the plug-in upon session restore. As of Cubase 9.5 it has still not been fixed, so we have decided to implement a workaround to avoid this problem. As a result, factory presets are not exposed to the host anymore, which is not a big loss anyway!

Legendary Guitar Tones With Blue Cat’s Destructor

Our distortion and amp simulation plug-in, Blue Cat’s Destructor, already includes a handful of factory presets that mimic the tone of famous guitarists (check out the “Guitar Legends” presets category!), but we wanted to take it a step further…

Our friend Hans Van Even has accepted the challenge to reproduce the exact guitar tone of famous guitar licks, using only Blue Cat’s Destructor, and sometimes a delay or reverb, such as Blue cat’s Late Replies, with a single guitar!

Did he succeed? Check out the videos below! We must say we have been pretty impressed… Continue reading

PatchWork + Destructor + Late Replies – The Ultimate Guitar Combo?

Did you know that as a guitarist, with Blue Cat’s PatchWork as a host application (or plug-in), Blue Cat’s Destructor for the guitar tone and Late Replies for the ambiance and creative effects, you have access to an incredible palette of sounds for your studio work or live gigs? Here are a few examples, using mainly factory presets… Enjoy! Continue reading