Mac OS 10.15 Catalina Status Update

So Mac OS 10.15 Catalina is finally here! We would like to share with you a quick status update following up our survival guide for Mac OS Catalina.

We still do not recommend to update for the moment, of course, but regarding our plug-ins, it should be mostly fine, as far as we can tell (there are not many host applications and audio interfaces that can be used for testing).

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Mac OS 10.15 Catalina Survival Guide

Apple’s new Mac OS 10.15 Catalina is likely to hit the App Store this week. Here are a few tips on how to survive this new system…

Should You Upgrade?

Well, of course not!

Every year, new Mac OS releases come with compatibility issues, and Catalina will probably be much worse, given the drastic changes:

  1. No more 32-bit applications: if you are still using 32-bit apps and plug-ins, with Catalina you can forget about it. It will just not load 32-bit only plug-ins or applications.
  2. Hardened security: Mac OS 10.15 comes with new security rules that will impact pro audio applications quite a bit, and plug-ins even more. Expect random crashes or error messages that will specific to every single host application.

So it is definitely worth waiting before you upgrade. Continue reading

How To Create AAX Plug-Ins For Pro Tools And Media Composer

With Plug’n Script 3.2 you can now export your audio and MIDI plug-in creations as AAX plug-ins that can be loaded directly into AVID’s Pro Tools or Media Composer on both Mac OS and Windows.

In this tutorial we will show you how to create AAX plug-ins quickly, right from inside Pro Tools or Media Composer. Continue reading

How to Optimize a Windows Laptop for Low Latency Real Time Audio

Have you ever wished that you could use all your virtual instruments libraries for your keyboards or all these incredible virtual amps from your studio for your guitar or bass on stage?

Make your wish come true, then: most laptops are now powerful enough, and with lightweight host applications such as PatchWork and Axiom, you can load many instrument or effect plug-ins and recall them instantly. Just play them on stage! Continue reading

“Save As User Default” Magic

Today, let’s have a look at the hidden features inside the “Save As User Default” command from our plug-ins’ preset menu: it actually does more than just saving default preset settings!

The Basics

The idea of this command is to save the current preset as the default preset. So next time you instantiate the plug-in (or load the application), this preset will be loaded by default: if there are settings that you particularly like, save them as default and they will be recalled every time you create a new instance. But wait, there is more! Continue reading

Guitarists tried Blue Cat’s Axiom and they liked it!

In case you have missed them, here are a couple of videos made by guitar players who tried the Axiom amp simulation and multi-effects processor and liked it.

Watch out! Great tones and guitar licks in here!

Ola Englund

In this video, Ola focuses on how he would use Axiom as a standalone application for his own live rig, loading his favorite third party plug-ins and controlling the whole thing with a MIDI pedal board.

David Wallimann

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Why Would You Need A Scripting Plug-In Inside your DAW?!?

With the release of Blue Cat’s Plug’n Script v3 and its ability to export VST, VST3 or Audio Unit plug-ins, the support for native (compiled) scripts, you might be wondering who this software has been built for. Is it now only targeted to software developers?

Today we are looking at who we had in mind when designing this very particular plug-in.

But first, as a preamble, let’s answer a key question many people have been asking over the years: Continue reading

Audio Effects Plug-Ins For Ambient Guitar Inspiration

The ambient guitar style heavily relies on effects: volume swells, delays, shimmer reverbs, drones…

There’s never enough plug-ins or pedals to discover new tones and expand your horizons, because tone is a great source of inspiration!

Check out these ambient guitar video examples, and see if you get inspired too!

An Ambient Guitar Tutorial for Axiom, by Chords of Orion

See what happens when Chords of Orion discovers Blue Cat’s Axiom

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The Making Of Re-Guitar: Creating a Tone Modeling Plug-In With Cat’s Ears

Re-Guitar is a plug-in that lets you change the tone of a guitar to improve it or make it sound like another instrument: you can change the pickups, modify the body, or transform your electric guitar into an acoustic instrument.

All of this in real time, with no latency – and no need to actually destroy the guitar: we already did it for you, as you can see below…

It took us quite a bit of time and efforts to create this unique plug-in… Here is the full story, in a few words and pictures! Continue reading

How To Do Mid/Side Processing With Any Plug-In

The traditional way to manage stereo streams is to use separate left and right channels sources. There is however another way: by recombining these left and right channels, you can actually separate the mid channel (mono or center) from the sides channel (stereo part of the signal).

Mid/Side Stereo

Processing these recombined mid/side channels instead of the traditional left/right stereo pair is called mid/side processing and it can be very convenient because you can apply different effects to the mono (mid) and stereo (sides) parts of the signal.

Many of our audio plug-ins provide a mid/side option, but how can you use this approach with any third party plug-in? Continue reading