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Blue Cat's FreqAnalyst Multi
"A unique multi-track spectral analysis tool for mixing or mastering."

Description

Blue Cat's FreqAnalyst Multi - Real Time Multi Tracks Spectrum Analyzer (AU, DX, AAX, RTAS and VST Plug-in)

Blue Cat's FreqAnalyst Multi is a unique multiple tracks real time spectrum analyzer: it lets you visualize the spectral content of several audio tracks on the same screen with extreme smoothness and high resolution, for both time and frequency. It is the ideal solution for mixing: you can use it as a frequency overlap detector and actually see which part of the spectrum every single instrument uses. It is now also possible to easily compare the spectrum of several instances (for EQ matching or response curve measurement) thanks to the new 'Diff' view which displays the difference between several curves.

Just like with Blue Cat's FreqAnalyst Pro plug-in, the frequency analysis can be fine tuned in details, and three modes are offered for each channel: instant, peak or average response of several audio tracks can be displayed on the same graph (the plugin supports up to 16 curves). Zooming capabilities and coordinates display let you exactly measure the characteristics of the spectrum for each audio track. Thanks to the advanced routing capabilities you can define different settings for each track and thus adapt the analysis for each audio signal you want to analyze. Our multiple tracks tutorial shows you how simple multiple tracks spectrum analysis can be.

The four memory slots let you store any curve in memory: it helps you make comparisons between several setups or portions of your audio project very easily.

Thanks to included window opacity management feature and advanced layout customization capabilities, you can adapt the plug-in user interface to your personal needs and enhance your workflow. It is also possible to create a completely custom user interface using Blue Cat's skinning language.

If you are looking for a single track spectrum analyzer with a spectrogram view and audio to MIDI capabilities, check our Blue Cat's FreqAnalyst Pro plug-in.

Typical applications: frequency overlap detection, EQ matching, frequency response measurement, spectral balance measurement.

Features

Main Features:

  • Mono, stereo or mid/side multiple tracks real time spectrum analyzer: visualize and compare the spectrum of several audio tracks on the same screen.
  • Unique data sharing technology with multi-core processors support.
  • Compute and display the difference between spectra for easy EQ matching and response curve measurement.
  • Total control over the analysis parameters, with slope and offset correction.
  • Smart interpolation algorithm for extreme display smoothness.
  • Spectrum view with zooming and precise measurement capabilities as well as note info display.
  • Multiple display sizes
  • Instant, peak and average curves display for each track.
  • Choose a name for each curve for easier sharing.
  • Save the curves for easy A/B comparison.
  • Opacity control for the user interface.
  • Custom absolute and relative threshold control.

Blue Cat Audio Standards:

  • Available as: Mac-AAX, Mac-AU, Mac-RTAS, Mac-VST, Win-AAX, Win-DX, Win-RTAS, Win-VST, Win x64-AAX, Win x64-DX, Win x64-VST.
  • Native DSP code for optimal performance.
  • Full MIDI control and automation support with silent, zipper-free parameters update, advanced response control and MIDI Learn.
  • No CPU load on idle: when the plug-in is fed with silence, the processing smoothly shuts down, to optimize the CPU usage of your Digital Audio Workstation.
  • Skinnable and customizable user interface with transparency management.
  • Smooth Bypass: activate/deactivate the plug-in with absolutely no noise.
  • Undo/Redo.
  • Full featured integrated presets manager.
  • Copy/paste the plug-in's state between instances using the system clipboard.
  • Any sample rate supported.

Videos

Screenshots

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Blue Cat's FreqAnalyst Multi - Enlarged display lets you increase the level of details. Blue Cat's FreqAnalyst Multi - Real Time Multi Tracks Spectrum Analyzer (AU, DX, AAX, RTAS and VST Plug-in) Blue Cat's FreqAnalyst Multi - Multi tracks spectrum analysis with Blue Cat Audio's exclusive data sharing technology. Blue Cat's FreqAnalyst Multi - Assign a name to your source curves and see them displayed in the main view Blue Cat's FreqAnalyst Multi - Choose the curves you want to compare and see their difference in the Diff pane. Blue Cat's FreqAnalyst Multi - Collapse controls you do not need to increase free space on the screen. Blue Cat's FreqAnalyst Multi - Route your output curves with the routing panel Blue Cat's FreqAnalyst Multi - compute and visualize the difference between the spectrum of several tracks.

Blue Cat's FreqAnalyst Multi - Show both spectrum and diff screens at the same time (column configuration) Blue Cat's FreqAnalyst Multi - Show both spectrum and diff screens at the same time (row configuration) Blue Cat's FreqAnalyst Multi - Advanced zooming and measurement capabilities

You can find more skins for this product here.

User Comments & Reviews

"If you are serious about mixing, (and who isn't!), then this piece is a must have! - Glen Heffner, CakewalkNet [Read full review]

"You could use it in a mix, to find out which of your tracks are stepping on each other's frequencies, but the obvious application is for mastering, and I quickly found it very useful for comparing my own mixes with reference material. Four memories are available to capture curves, but it's the ability to see multiple analyses together in real time that really makes this an unusual plug-in." - Sound On Sound Magazine - May 2008

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System Requirements

Windows

  • An SSE2-enabled processor (Pentium 4 or later).
  • Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or 8.
  • Any DirectX / VST / RTAS / AAX compatible host software (32 or 64 bit).

Mac OS X

  • An Intel processor.
  • Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9), Mountain Lion (10.8), Lion (10.7), Snow Leopard (10.6), or Leopard (10.5).
  • Any VST / Audio Unit (32/64-bit) / RTAS / AAX compatible application.

For more information about supported platforms, see our FAQ.

Demo Limitations

  • Three instances of the plug-in per session.
  • The plug-in is frozen for a few seconds every 40 seconds.

Versions History >subscribe to our newsletter

V2.03 (2014/01/09)

New Features:
  • Copy/paste the plug-in's current state from the presets menu using the system clipboard.
Improvements:
  • Reduced the plug-in's memory usage.
  • Windows VST Installer now remembers where the plug-in was initially installed to simplify upgrades.
  • (Mac) plug-in version number is now available when using "Get Info" in the Finder.
  • (Mac) Improved display of Audio Unit parameters in most host applications.
Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed window frame not showing with Cubase 7.5 (32-bit) on Mac.
  • (Mac) About window does not show up first in the corner of the screen anymore.
  • (Win) Alt-Click on a control now resets the value to default in Pro Tools, as expected.
  • Fixed version number reported to host application for VST and Audio Unit versions.

V2.02 (2013/06/21)

  • 64-bit AAX support for Pro Tools 11.

V2.01 (2013/05/14)

Improvements:
  • Pushing all parameters to other instances does not push the stereo configuration anymore.
Bug fixes:
  • Fixed AAX version not showing up in Pro Tools 10.3.5 on Windows.
  • (RTAS) Fixed parameters control with EUCON control surfaces in Pro Tools.
  • Fixed user interface issues in Final Cut Pro X.
  • Fixed compare button issues in Pro Tools.
  • Mac-VST: Fixed window resize issues on Cubase and Nuendo (Mac).
  • Mac: Fixed user interface display issues when first opened in Ableton Live 9.
  • Mac: Control MIDI settings dialog now brought back to front when already opened in the background.
  • Mac: fixed copy/paste keyboard shortcuts for plug-in registration that did not work in some hosts.

V2.0 (2012/07/06)

New Features:
  • Brand new fully customizable user interface:
    • New look and feel.
    • Show/hide what you need.
    • Curves names can now be displayed on the graph (overlay).
    • Single or multiple displays modes.
    • Multiple display sizes
    • Improved readability.
    • Animated transitions.
  • All instances can now be forced to synchronize.
  • New integrated presets manager:
    • Load/save presets from the plug-in's user interface.
    • Organize presets with folders.
    • Customize the default preset.
    • Exchange presets easily.
  • Automation range and response curve can now be customized for each parameter.
  • Automation and MIDI settings (channel, MIDI learn etc.) are now accessible from the main user interface.
  • AAX plug-in format is now also supported on Windows (Pro Tools 10.2 required).
Improvements:
  • Improved note display (now uses a +/-50 value for cents).
  • Improved Graph rulers display when zoomed.
  • Routing matrix automatically displayed when opening the plug-in for the first time for easier setup.
  • New presets to make setup easier.
  • Plug-in name has been shortened for a clearer display in mixer view for most host applications.
  • Changed the default VST install path on Windows.
  • License is now shared between plug-ins types (register only once for all formats).
  • Added new presets.
  • Improved value display in fine edit window.
Optimizations and Performance Improvements:
  • Reduced VST plug-in loading time.
  • Improved parameters precision (now stored as 64-bit).
  • More compact presets format (uses less space and loads faster).
  • Smaller binaries on Mac (dropped PowerPC support).
Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed presets-related crashes in Cubase on Mac.
  • Fixed user interface display issues in Wavelab on Mac.
  • Fixed keyboard stealing issue in Digital Performer 7 on Mac.
  • AAX/RTAS on Mac: Fixed audio engine freeze or error issue with Pro Tools on some Mac configurations.
Note: this new version can be installed side by side with the previous version for backward compatibility reasons. Installing this new version won't break your previous projects.

V1.91 (2011/07/11)

  • Output data rate can now be customized, from 20 to 500 Hz.
  • Increased the default output data rate (from 20 to 50 Hz) for smoother spectrum display.
  • Note value for the current mouse location is now displayed, in addition to the frequency.
  • Windows: improved settings dialog loading time.
  • Mac: user interface performance improvement (up to 30% lighter on cpu).

V1.9 (2011/05/23)

  • Difference curves can now be saved for easier comparisons and stereo spread matching tasks.
  • Windows uninstaller now proposes to remove preferences as an option.
  • Misc minor user interface and windows installer changes.

V1.82 (2011/02/10)

  • Fixed keyboard focus stealing issue in Pro Tools and several other host applications.
  • Controls visibility is now persistent.

V1.81 (2010/11/29)

Fixed incompatibility issues with older presets in the previous version.

V1.8 (2010/11/18)

  • Analysis parameters can now be pushed from one instance to others to simplify the workflow.
  • 64-bit Mac VST support.
  • User interface enhancements:
    • Improved readability.
    • Zooming is now animated.
    • Controls can be collapsed to reduce the size of the user interface and focus on the analysis.
    • Improved consistency with our other analysis tools.
    • Drag the rulers to move the curve when zoomed (can keep measurement/selection mode and still drag the curves).
  • Improved synchronization of curves within a single instance.
  • Default release time is now shorter.

V1.7 (2010/06/19)

Performance Improvements (all platforms):
  • Improved user interface performance and increased graphs display refresh rate.
  • Improved signal processing performance (up to twice faster on some systems!). The plug-in now requires a processor supporting SSE2.
  • Reduced memory footprint.
  • Faster skin loading.

V1.61 (2010/02/25)

  • Demo version now displays a nag screen only once per session, and only when opening the user interface of the plug-in.
  • Fixed a crash on Mac and 64-bit Windows that randomly occured when opening and closing the user interface multiple times.
  • Mac: fixed crash with demo version in Ableton Live 8.1.1.

V1.6 (2010/02/15)

  • RTAS plugin format support for Pro Tools (Mac and Windows).
  • 64-bit applications support for Windows DX and VST under Windows x64.
  • Mac AU 64-bit format support (compatible with 64-bit Logic 9.1 on Snow Leopard)
  • Fixed MIDI learn issues.
  • Space bar does not trigger plug-in buttons anymore (avoids conflict with transport control in most applications).
  • Mac: fixed user interface crashes in some hosts under Snow Leopard.
  • Mac: fixed keyboard/mouse focus issues in some hosts.
  • Mac: fixed user interface crashes in some hosts, when used with particular display settings.
  • Mac: fixed multiple screens issue.
  • Mac-AU: fixed user interface resizing issue when changing skin in some hosts (Logic).
  • Mac-AU: fixed settings lost issue when doing offline rendering in some applications.

V1.51 (2009/05/05)

Mac VST update: fixed incompatibility issues with Cubase 5 on Mac.

V1.5 (2009/02/27)

  • Mac Audio Unit support.
  • Improved Performance.
  • New Windows Installer (you should uninstall any previous version before installing this new one).
  • New documentation format.

V1.4 (2008/12/10)

  • Now available for Mac in VST format.
  • Minor user interface changes.
  • (Bug fix): keyboard shortcuts are no longer forwarded to host application when entering the names of the curves in edit boxes.

V1.3 (2008/05/26)

  • New diff view to compute and visualize the difference between several spectra.
  • Graphics rendering has been improved for smoother analysis curves display in some hosts (such as Cubase).
  • Minor user interface changes (fonts, layout).

V1.2 (2008/02/25)

  • Fixed a crash on certain configurations while opening the global settings window.
  • Settings window is now faster to open.

V1.1 (2007/12/13)

  • User can now define a name for each curve which is displayed in the main view.
  • Non connected curves are now easy to identify.
  • Improved display refresh rate: analysis is now even smoother!
  • New "zoom by selection" feature.
  • Spectrum analysis normalization improvement: absolute values comparison with different precision settings is now more accurate.

V1.0 (2007/10/04)

First version.