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!

Latency / Dropout Issues

So you already have a powerful Windows laptop, plenty of plug-ins, a great host application and you cannot get them to play live properly without getting dropouts (“pops”and “clicks”) all the time, unless the latency is ridiculously high? And the CPU usage is not even a problem?

By default, recent Windows laptops are definitely not configured for low latency audio – they are designed for office work / web browsing and saving batteries. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to optimize your Windows laptop or tablet in order to make it usable for real-time audio.

Using this method on a first generation Surface Book laptop, we were able to reduce the latency from (mediocre) 256 samples with occasional drop-outs (bad!), down to 48 samples without any single drop-out! 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

Can you make an electric guitar truly sound like an acoustic?

Have you ever dreamed playing your electric guitar with a genuine acoustic guitar sound like this?

In this tutorial we are going to create an monster acoustic guitar simulation preset using a simple coil neck pickup as input and 2 independent Re-Guitar setups, using only Axiom‘s internal Amps and FX (free preset download included), check it out! 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

Improve Stereo Image With Delays

Delays are omnipresent in our modern productions, and while the basic purpose of a delay is to repeat signals, you can get some interesting stereo image effects using different L & R repetitions. Here’s a very simple tip on how to do that and which will never fail on you. Let’s use the Blue Cat’s Late Replies delay plug-in on a guitar track.

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8 Tips To Get The Best Guitar Tone With Plug-Ins

We live in a world with many guitarists, tons of tools and a lot of options to record our beloved guitars. Yet I feel we spend more time practicing than tweaking our sounds, while the tone is actually as important as the notes we play. Let’s take the example of guitar icon Jimi Hendrix. He spent literally nights in between gigs tweaking sounds with his recording engineer, and his tone was legend!

For sure tone is subjective, and it depends also on how you play, but there are a few tricks that can help you to get the best out of your guitar using today’s DAW based recording software.

Here are my top 8 points which I hope can help you to achieve a better tone : Continue reading

Integrated Plug-Ins Control With Blue Cat’s Axiom

If you need to access effects parameters quickly with Blue Cat’s Axiom, you don’t need to launch the plug-in editor every time: you can control the plug-ins that are loaded in the pre and post amp sections directly from the main user interface.

This feature works for both built-in effect plug-ins and third party VST, VST3 or Audio Unit plug-ins. Controls display can be made active or inactive using the following toolbar buttons:

Enjoy!

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