Multicore Processing: What is it, and why do you care?

With the release of PatchWork 2.5, and in the latest previews of Axiom, MB-7 Mixer and Late Replies, a new multicore processing feature has been introduced to get the best real time performance out of modern CPUs.

Let’s see what’s hidden behind this new feature, how it works and why you care about it for your audio effects and instruments!

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Miaow Wah: The Future of Wah?

The Miaow Wah is a plug-in available in AXIOM, Patchwork, Late Replies & MB7 mixer. This is probably one of the most versatile and complete Wah plug-in on the market thanks to the additional editor which gives you endless filter possibilities and let’s you customize the Wah or auto-filter effect to your needs.

The Miaow Wah comes with tons of presets built after classic Wah pedals, but also brings some unique original FX. Continue reading

Phaser vs Flanger: What’s The Difference?

Flanger and Phaser are both modulation effects that create deep filters sweeping around the spectrum over time. But they are produced by different means, and they do not sound the same. So what’s the difference between both phasing and flanging?

The effects used here are the built-in Phaser and Flanger plug-ins available in AXIOM, Patchwork, Late Replies & MB7 mixer software. They are very capable plug-ins that can produce both vintage and modern sounds. Continue reading

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

Delay – From Tape To Late Replies

Delay is perhaps one of the most well-known and often or even over-used effects in music production. Since the early days of rock’n roll recordings in the 50s, tape delay was an important part of the sound: the slapback guitars, the beefed-up vocals. Creative use of tape delay would follow in the 60s with pioneering artists such as Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd. About that time, delay also got easier to handle when Philips brought out the Bucket Brigade Device (BBD) chip that could delay a signal electronically, making bulky and fragile tape machines redundant.

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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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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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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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