Initially released in 2014 to add scripting capabilities to your favorite DAW, Plug’n Script has evolved into an integrated audio plug-ins development environment: native (compiled) scripts have been supported since 2015, and version 3.0 brings all the pieces together with a brand new workflow and VST plug-in export capabilities.
This new version brings many improvements, such as an extra side chain input and multiple auxiliary outputs, native scripts support and enhanced user interface with the KUIML 2.0 programming language. It also includes several new scripts, presets and skins.
Let’s have a deeper look at this new release and what it can do for you! Continue reading →
Did you know that you can use AAX plug-ins as MIDI Effects in Pro Tools? AAX plug-ins can receive MIDI events, modify them, and send them to another plug-in. Yes, it’s possible!
As an example, let’s see how to apply a simple MIDI effect on incoming MIDI events to control a virtual instrument. We are using here Blue Cat’s Plug’n Script, a plug-in that lets you write your own audio and MIDI scripts, for both the MIDI effects and the virtual instrument:
Create an Instrument track with the virtual instrument that will receive MIDI events
Add the MIDI effect on the same instrument track (in a slot before the virtual instrument)
Create a MIDI track to route events from the MIDI input to the MIDI effect.
Create a MIDI track to route events from the MIDI effect to the virtual instrument
Arm both tracks for recording
Using the setup above, you can play “live” the instrument and record the performance on the MIDI track. Once this has all been recorded, an extra step is required before playback, because events will have been recorded twice (the original MIDI events on the first track, and the MIDI events after the MIDI FX on the other track):
Remove MIDI events that have been recorded on the second MIDI track (events transformed by the MIDI effect).
The first MIDI track does not need to be armed for recording (it will just play recorded MIDI events), but the second track that route events from the effect to the virtual synth has to, so that Pro Tools actually routes the events.
Hit play: the MIDI effect is applied to recorded MIDI events and control the synth!
As you may have understood, if you want to use many MIDI effects at a time, making connections and enabling/disabling monitoring with all these additional MIDI tracks can become frustrating. So if you want to make things simpler, you may want to do all MIDI routing inside Blue Cat’s PatchWork. This does not limit you to VST or Audio Unit virtual instruments, since the PatchWork plug-in lets you route MIDI events to its own AAX MIDI output, but you should be able to use just a single MIDI track instead of many, if you want to chain MIDI effects.
Easy MIDI Routing and Filtering with Blue Cat’s PatchWork
It took several years of research and development to get there (more on that later)… So we are really glad to unveil a new plug-in that brings an entire audio and MIDI programming environment right into your favorite Digital Audio Workstation (DAW):
Blue Cat’s Plug’n Script is a scripting plug-in that can be programmed to quickly build custom audio and MIDI effects or virtual instruments, without quitting your DAW. With this plug-in, you can write your own real time or offline processors or instruments, with very little knowledge about programming.