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

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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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