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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Apple M1 vs Intel for Audio: A Benchmark

The new Apple M1 Macs have been available for a few months now, and the new M1 processor has been reported to bring huge performance gains for multiple CPU benchmarks.

Raw CPU performance is one thing, but what’s up with these new machines for real time audio? Do they really perform better than Intel Macs?

We have tested for you the latest previews of two of our flagship products, Axiom and PatchWork, optimized for both Intel and Apple Silicon (M1) processors. Let’s see what the tests revealed! Continue reading

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

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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5 Reasons To Use PatchWork

Blue Cat Audio’s PatchWork is a plug-in in which you can load up to 64 other plug-ins. How is that useful? Here are five reasons.

1. Easy management and recall of your template plug-in chains
Many mix engineers find they often reuse specific combinations of plug-ins for similar sound sources. For example one template plug-in chain for bass guitar, one for vocals, and another for the master bus. PatchWork makes it easy to manage and recall these plug-in chains—just save a preset and quickly recall it at any time. You can combine any VST, VST3 or AU plug-ins, from any brand.

2. Quickly switch between different plug-ins or plug-in chains
PatchWork allows you to create eight parallel plug-in chains. So for example, you can create one PatchWork preset for bass guitar. In that preset, you add one plug-in chain for picked rock bass, one for present finger-style playing, one for fat reggae bass, one for slapping … and then you simply switch between them depending on the track you’re working on.

In a similar way, you can of course also use PatchWork to make side-by-side comparisons between individual plug-ins. Which compressor plug-in is really the best choice for this particular track? Add your candidates to PatchWork and quickly switch back and forth between them.

3. Create simple or complex plug-in chains with the effects in series or in parallel
PatchWork makes it easy for you to get creative. Not only can you add eight plug-in chains, but you can also run them in parallel and set their relative levels.

4. Combine synths and instruments to create new exciting sounds
This also works with synths and instruments. With PatchWork Synth (included in the purchase), you can add synths and instruments and create entirely new sounds and textures by combining them. Of course, you play them all simultaneously from a single MIDI keyboard or controller.

5. Use identical plug-in chains and settings across different DAWs
Saving your effects or instrument chains in PatchWork as opposed to in your DAW means you can open those plug-in chains independent of the DAW. So if you switch between DAWs depending on your clients’ or collaborators’ preference, or work in different studios, you can always take your PatchWork presets with you and recall them in any DAW.

Excited yet? Go ahead and try out the free demo of PatchWork now.

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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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