Tone Maps: A New Approach To Sound Design And Tone Control

Chorus Tone MapInitially designed to navigate presets in 2D and create new guitar amp tones in Destructor and Axiom by morphing between presets (See this tone explorer video for more details), tone maps have now been implemented in several built-in effects that can be found in Axiom, PatchWork, MB-7 Mixer and Late Replies.

Let’s see how this new feature may change your approach to sound design and plug-in control for other types of effects.

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Tweaking Guitar & Bass Presets For Live Gigs

From the very beginning, Blue Cat’s Axiom was designed to let you use the same guitar tones in the studio and on stage.

In a live situation, you can control Axiom with any MIDI compatible controller, to change some of the parameters or switch between presets, like you would do with regular “out of the box” gear – you probably do not want to play with a mouse on stage!

In this tutorial we’ll give you a few tips to optimize your presets for seamless switching between tones during a live gig, minimizing the delay and potential audio glitches when switching to a new preset while playing. Continue reading

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.

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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