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

Built-In Plug-Ins: What’s Included?

As you’re probably aware, Blue Cat’s PatchWork, MB-7 Mixer, Late Replies and Axiom are able to load third-party plug-ins. But did you know that they also all come with many built-in Blue Cat Audio effects and utility plug-ins? There’s so many of them that they’re almost hard to keep track of. So here’s a walkthrough of what you get. First—why do we call them “built-in”? Because if you get them as part of these “host-in-the-host” style plug-ins, they can only be used inside of those plug-ins. Which is of course what you would probably do anyway. All of the built-in plug-ins include the standard features that all Blue Cat Audio plug-ins have: they come loaded with presets, support MIDI learn and MIDI program change, Many of them also include tone maps support.

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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

How to Make Reverb Sound Good

Blue Cat’s Axiom, Late Replies, Patchwork & MB-7 Mixer plug-ins all come bundled with a long list of built-in effects, including this unique Reverb plugin. Learn more about its settings, how they influence the sound of the produced reverberation, and get started with some good basic settings for different uses.

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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

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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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