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.
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
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:
Let’s take a closer look at Blue Cat’s PatchWork 2.1 free update that was released today and explore some of its new features!
25 Built-in Audio Effects
Blue Cat’s PatchWork can now be used as a multi effects processor on its own:
With its new 25 built-in audio effects borrowed from Blue Cat’s Late Replies, you can do a lot of things with PatchWork, without relying on third party plug-ins: it now includes a gate, compressor, ducker, delays, modulation effects, pitch and frequency shifters, a panner, EQ, waveshaper, bit cruasher, mid/side encoder and decoder…
And you can of course mix these effects together with your favorite VST, AU or VST3 plug-ins! Build your own channels strips and share them across multiple DAWs easily!
75 New Effect Presets
With these new built-in effects, we have also included 75 new presets to get you started, including multi-delays, pitch harmonies, channel strips, guitar effect chains…
PatchWork 2.1’s Graphical User Interface (GUI) can now be zoomed in or out (from 70% to 200%), with high resolution vector graphics:
You can now adapt the size of the user interface to your displays. Working far away from the screen? No problem! It will also make your life easier when working on high resolution touch screens with large fingers :-).
Loading PatchWork into PatchWork Made Easier
PatchWork is now available as a built-in effect: you can now load PatchWork into itself and share presets regardless of the plug-in format!
This is just an overview of the new features, you can view the full change list here.
Did you know that as a guitarist, with Blue Cat’s PatchWork as a host application (or plug-in), Blue Cat’s Destructor for the guitar tone and Late Replies for the ambiance and creative effects, you have access to an incredible palette of sounds for your studio work or live gigs? Here are a few examples, using mainly factory presets… Enjoy! Continue reading
Blue Cat’s Late Replies offers a flexible approach to manage the delay time across its multi-tap section and feedback loops.
In this video Eli Krantzberg explains the base delay settings, and tells you how to use (or not to use) the grid and random functions to create in or out-of-sync delays. You will also learn how to link the taps and feedback loops together to quickly edit them all at once.
Got your copy of Blue Cat’s Late Replies? Not sure how to get started? Haven’t tried the plug-in yet and wondering why you would need yet another delay plug-in?
Don’t worry: here is a video that walks you through the main features of our creative delay and multi fx plug-in, with full details and concrete examples. Watch out! This may change forever what you think about a delay plug-in can do for you!