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Blue Cat's PatchWork
"The virtual patchbay for audio plug-ins"

Description

Blue Cat's PatchWork - Fully Configurable Plug-Ins Chainer / Standalone Host or Plug-In

Blue Cat's PatchWork is a universal plug-ins patchbay that can host up to 64 VST or Audio Unit plug-ins into any Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) in one instance.

It is possible to chain effects in series or create up to 8 parallel chains that can be activated independently. This lets you create your favorite effects or instruments configurations within the plug-in, without the need for multiple busses. These configurations can be saved as presets and recalled instantly, or shared with multiple DAWs, using any plug-in format (full list below).

Despite the name, you can forget about wires or cables: configuring plug-ins routing is as simple as adding or removing a row or a column in the rack's matrix. All plug-ins can also communicate with each other or with the host application using the virtual MIDI ports offered by the plug-in.

For each plug-in slot, latency compensation, presets management, undo/redo integration, and individual plug-in bypass are included for optimal operation. The plug-in also stores the position of the window for each plug-in so that the layout is restored with your session or saved with presets.

Also, sub plug-ins can be automated or controlled with external control surfaces using Blue Cat's PatchWork parameters mapping capabilities.

This product is available as an audio plug-in (effect or a virtual instrument) and standalone application, so that it can used alone or inserted on any type of track in your favorite DAW, with up to 8 audio channels.

Input and output level meters are also included to monitor the signal that is dispatched to inserted plug-ins.

If you are looking for a multiband plug-ins host for multiband processing, check out the Blue Cat's MB-7 Mixer plug-in. Also, any Blue Cat Audio plug-in is compatible and can be hosted by this software.

Copyright Note: VST is a trademark of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.

Typical applications: Plug-ins host, custom channel strip, parallel processing, effects chainer, virtual bussing, virtual instrument, share bus and plug-ins configurations between DAWs, VST or Audio Unit to AAX, Audio Unit, RTAS or DirectX plug-in adapter, effect chains A/B comparison, standalone audio processing application.

Features

Main Features:

  • Configurable VST or Audio Unit plug-ins rack: host up to 64 third party plug-ins or instruments in series or parallel.
  • Available as an effect or virtual instrument.
  • Build your own effects chains: up to 8 "pre" and "post" plug-ins slots to chain plug-ins in series.
  • Parallel processing made easy: up to 8 parallel plug-ins chains, with phase flip, solo and gain controls.
  • Host up to 8 virtual instruments in parallel and mix them within the plug-in.
  • Global Dry/Wet control ("Mix").
  • Parameters Mapping: map sub plug-ins parameters to automate them or use a control surface.
  • Flexible MIDI routing: connect sub plug-ins together or with the host application.
  • Link pre and post gains for automatic gain compensation.
  • Cut, Copy and paste plug-ins with their settings between slots.
  • Recall complex processing setups and plug-ins layouts with one click and share them between your DAWs.
  • Input and output levels monitoring.
  • Plug-ins Latency compensation.
  • Supports VST Shell plug-ins.
  • Integrated undo/redo.
  • Fully customizable user interface, with multiple sizes.

Blue Cat Audio Standards:

  • Available as: Mac-AAX, Mac-AU, Mac-App, Mac-RTAS, Mac-VST, Win-AAX, Win-App, Win-DX, Win-RTAS, Win-VST, Win x64-AAX, Win x64-App, 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 PatchWork - Now available as a standalone application for Mac and PC, it lets you quickly load and use your favorite virtual instruments and audio/MIDI effect plug-ins. Blue Cat's PatchWork - Fully Configurable Plug-Ins Chainer / Standalone Host or Plug-In Blue Cat's PatchWork - Multiple channels support (up to 8 channels) Blue Cat's PatchWork - signal flow diagram. Blue Cat's PatchWork - Simple channel-strip configuration: use your favorite plug-ins to build your own channel strip.

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System Requirements

Windows

  • An SSE2-enabled processor (Pentium 4 or later).
  • Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or 8.
  • For the plug-in, any DirectX / VST / RTAS / AAX compatible host software (32 or 64 bit).
  • For the standalone application, an ASIO, MME or WASAPI compatible audio interface (ASIO recommended).

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).
  • For the plug-in, any VST / Audio Unit (32/64-bit) / RTAS / AAX compatible application.
  • For the standalone application, a Core Audio compatible audio interface.

For more information about supported platforms, see our FAQ.

Demo Limitations

  • One single instance of the plug-in per session.
  • The application or the plug-in is regularly bypassed for a few seconds.

Versions History >subscribe to our newsletter

V1.6 (2014/11/25)

New Features:
  • Now available as a standalone application.
Fixes and compatibility improvements:
  • Improved presets and session load/save performance (up to 4 times faster in some situations).
  • Fixed issue with Izotope Audio Units that were configured as mono effects on stereo tracks.
  • Fixed crashes during auto save with Kontakt 5 in Pro Tools 11.

V1.5 (2014/10/20)

New Features:
  • The Audio Unit can now be loaded as a MIDI FX in Logic Pro X.
  • MIDI FX Audio Units can now be loaded into the plug-in.
  • Missing VST plug-ins can now be relocated if not found.
  • The plug-in now saves missing plug-ins' state so that they can be restored later.
Fixes and compatibility improvements:
  • Fixed issue on Mac when loading sessions created on Windows using VST plug-ins in sub-directories.
  • Fixing compatibility issues with several plug-ins that used to crash when unloaded (Image Line, MeldaProduction, Catanya...).
  • VST Plug-in name is now displayed when loaded from a missing VST shell bundle (instead of just the name of the bundle).
  • (Mac) Fixed randrom crashes when using keyboard shortcuts in the host application to switch between plug-ins or tracks.
  • (Mac) Fixed parameters not available for mapping when Audio Unit bridged with SoundRadix's 32Lives.
  • (Mac) Fixed parameters mapped with wrong range for some Audio Units (u-he, AAS...).
  • (Mac) Fixed parameter changes sent from host not visible in the user interface for some Audio Units (u-he...).

V1.4 (2014/07/24)

New Features:
  • Selectable parallel processing chains summing mode: sum or average.
  • Solo button for parallel chains.
  • MIDI Channel filtering for each plug-in input.
Fixes and compatibility improvements:
  • Fixed undo/redo incompatibilities with some plug-ins.
  • (Mac) Fixed crash introduced in 1.3 when trying to load missing VST plug-ins.
  • (Mac) Fixed wrong plug-in instantiated in some cases when selected from a VST shell package.
  • (Mac) Fixed crash after closing the editor of an Audio Unit plug-in loaded with SoundRadix's 32Lives.

V1.3 (2014/06/17)

New Features:
  • Audio Unit hosting support: Audio Units can now be loaded into the plug-in on Mac.
  • Plug-ins can now be cut from a slot for cut/paste operations.
  • Plug-ins can now be pasted into a slot with their params map.
Improvements:
  • User interface loading or resizing is now up to 50% faster.
  • Reduced the size of windows installers.
  • Minor layout changes.
Fixes and compatibility improvements:
  • Fixed undo/redo incompatibilities with some plug-ins.
  • (Mac) Fixed random crashes when unloading some plug-ins on Mac (Waves plug-ins for example).
  • (Win/AAX) Fixed shortcut to user manual in start menu.
  • (AAX) Fixed inaccurate transport information reported to sub plug-ins when stopping playback in Pro Tools.

V1.2 (2014/04/23)

New Features:
  • MIDI Routing: custom MIDI routes can be created to connect plug-ins together and with the host application to send and receive MIDI.
  • Plug-in instance Renaming: it is now possible to give a name to each instance of a plug-in.
  • Mono to stereo processing: the plug-in can now be used as a mono to stereo plug-in and process mono tracks with stereo effects in hosts that support it.
Improvements:
  • Improved performance of undo tracking when loading presets for plug-ins with many parameters.
  • The "Parameters Map" menu item is now checked when a parameter is mapped.
  • Improved performance when changing the size of the plug-in user interface.
Fixes and compatibility improvements:
  • Fixed keyboard stealing issue in many host applications when sub plug-ins editors are opened (except 32-bit applications on Mac).
  • Fixed compatibility issue with Pro Tools 9 on Mac (random crashes).
  • Fixing crashes with some plug-ins requesting information while being opened.

V1.1 (2013/12/18)

New Features:
  • New parameters mapping feature for sub plug-ins automation (includes a "learn" mode for easy mapping): Up to 40 parameters can be mapped to external controls. Our plug-in's advanced automation and MIDI control features can also be used to map controllers to sub-plug-ins parameters.
  • New layout to display mapped automation controls in the main user interface.
  • Added phase flip buttons for each parallel chain, so that you can easily compute differences between signals or correct phase problems introduced by some plug-ins.
  • Link all pre and post gain knobs so that pre gain changes are automatically compensated by the post gain knobs. This can be used to easily push dynamics or distortion plug-ins without increasing the volume.
Fixes and compatibility improvements:
  • when no plug-in is inserted, level meters remained frozen when stopping transport.
  • fixing crashes with GRM Tools plug-ins that changed their audio I/O count dynamically ("Reson" for example).
  • fixing sample rate initialization issue with Nebula when using copy/paste.
  • The plug-in can now be used as a virtual instrument in Cubase and Studio One (it used to be silent).
  • Some plug-ins that required the deprecated "effIdle" VST message should now work properly (Steinberg's Virtual Guitarist for example).

V1.01 (2013/11/22)

Fixes and compatibility improvements:
  • Improved compatibility with plug-ins that do not support sample rate changes (Nebula).
  • Improved compatibility with synths that internally use VST presets banks: the entire state was not properly restored with the session (Nexus or Korg Legacy series).
  • Fixed output gain compensation issue: when using parallel chains, the global output gain stage was skipped.

V1.0 (2013/11/12)

First release.