Native Apple Silicon Support (M1 ARM Chip)

We are glad to announce that previews of our software are now available with native Apple Silicon ARM support!

So if you are running a new Mac with an M1 processor, you can now choose to run our software natively on the processor (instead of going thru the translation layer called Rosetta 2).

The previews are 64-bit Intel and ARM universal binaries. They will run on Mac OS 10.9 or newer, with either an Intel or ARM processor.

Available Products

ARM previews are currently available for the following plug-ins / apps:

How To Get The Previews?

Follow this tutorial to access the preview downloads. You will find the native ARM installers in the subdirectory named “Apple Silicon“.

Why Not Official Releases?

Building for ARM means dropping support for Mac OS 10.8 or earlier, as well as dropping 32-bit support. We would like to keep supporting customers using older systems as long as possible. Since newer Macs with Apple Silicon machines have been released very recently, they are not widely used yet.

Also, most host applications are Intel only, so they will load plug-ins as Intel binaries with the Rosetta 2 translator on newer Mac anyways.

But keep in mind that our previews are usually very stable, so you can use them safely on your new (or old) Mac!

Enjoy!

And feel free to send us your feedback about these previews, whether you are running an Apple Silicon or Intel Mac!

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Blue Cat Axiom’s Built-In Distortion Pedals

Axiom has a built-in amp simulator, but did you know that it is also loaded with 10 excellent overdrive and distortion pedals, all based on the acclaimed Destructor technology?

The BCA effect pedals have a particular sound on their own and are not really inspired by other brands’ pedals. Also, if you want to create your own, you can!

Here’s an overview of the characteristics of all these pedals: Continue reading

Phaser vs Flanger: What’s The Difference?

Flanger and Phaser are both modulation effects that create deep filters sweeping around the spectrum over time. But they are produced by different means, and they do not sound the same. So what’s the difference between both phasing and flanging?

The effects used here are the built-in Phaser and Flanger plug-ins available in AXIOM, Patchwork, Late Replies & MB7 mixer software. They are very capable plug-ins that can produce both vintage and modern sounds. Continue reading

42 Gear Street – The Only Guitar Event In 2020?

We had the chance to be invited by Henning Pauly to participate to the 42 Gear Street event in Germany earlier this year (August), despite the pandemic.

It was the opportunity to meet great people (most of them guitar addicts), wear odd face masks, exchange ideas and licks, discover new guitars, and also shoot a couple of videos, demonstrating and discussing our guitar software.

It was definitely worth the 2000 kilometers drive, especially if you consider that all other events in the industry have been cancelled so far. Here are the first videos shot during the event and a couple of pictures to show you the place. Continue reading

No NAMM Show in 2021, But Keep Connected!

As expected, the 2021 NAMM Show has been canceled, for obvious COVID19-related safety reasons.

While we won’t be able to meet with all of you and demo our new products and updates on the show floor this year (yes there are new products coming!), we’ll keep posting details along the way on our website, forums, social medias, newsletter

So until shows and gatherings are back (hopefully later in 2021), stay safe online, and keep connected!

Ridin’ the dynamic range

Dynamics processing is one of the most important techniques in the audio engineer’s bag of tricks. Compressors, limiters, expanders and gates are examples of these tools and they come in a wide variety of types and functions both as hardware and plugins. Let’s take a look at how these techniques can be useful to your music-making, whether you are a player or a producer.

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MB-7 Mixer: The Box Of Audio Magic

Multiband processing with your favorite VST/AU plugins

Multiband processing opens up a new world of possibilities for creative producers. Traditionally, this has been a technique used by mastering engineers to glue a mix together with purpose-built tools for multiband compression, or to control the stereo width of a complete mix with multiband techniques.

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