Dynamics processing is one of the most important techniques in the audio engineer’s bag of tricks. Compressors, limiters, expanders and gates are examples of these tools and they come in a wide variety of types and functions both as hardware and plugins. Let’s take a look at how these techniques can be useful to your music-making, whether you are a player or a producer.Continue reading
We are happy to announce significant free updates for 6 plug-ins! Blue Cat’s Dynamics, Protector, FreqAnalyst Multi, StereoScope Multi, Oscilloscope Multi and DP Meter Pro will be demoed on our booth (#16300) at NAMM this week.
If you are a registered customer, check out the preview versions that are already available on the full versions download pages (link received by email upon purchase)! Continue reading
Despite all our efforts, sometimes bugs are not caught before the software is released, and this one has an impact on VST3 users on Mac, so we’d like to share more information about it with you, so that you can avoid major problems. If you are on Windows or do not use VST3, you don’t need to read this!
We have noticed a bug on the first release of our VST3 plug-ins that affect the Mac versions: the identifier for the plug-ins (used by host to identify a particular plug-in) were not properly reported to the host on Mac.
The consequence was that the plug-ins inserted in sessions created on Mac would not be reloaded on Windows and vice-versa.
We are now progressively releasing new versions of our plug-ins with a fix for the wrong ID on Mac (see impacted products list below). But this means that older sessions will not reload the new versions of the plug-ins, as they are seen by the host as a different plug-in.
How To Open Old Sessions
So here is a way to open older sessions without losing any plug-in data. You can then migrate these sessions quickly to use the new version of the plug-in so that they are future-proof.
The idea is just to install the old and new versions side by side, so that older sessions are reloaded with the older version of the plug-in (which would be missing otherwise). Renaming the old plug-in before installing the new version will do the trick:
If the plug-in has multiple versions (Synth, Dual, Mono etc.), do not forget to rename them all. Once you are done, install the new version. Both should now be available, side by side:
You can now open the existing sessions: the “legacy” version of the plug-in will be loaded, keeping the sessions unchanged.
How To Migrate to New Versions:
Since you probably do not want to keep both versions side by side forever, you can quickly migrate existing sessions so that they use the new plug-in in the future, instead of the old version:
So far, the plug-ins impacted by this change are the Mac VST3 versions of the following plug-ins:
- Blue Cat’s PachWork, between version 1.73 and 1.74 (also affects migration from 1.73 or earlier to version 2).
- Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer, between version 2.53 and 2.54 (also affects migration from 2.53 or earlier to version 3).
- Blue Cat’s Plug’n Script, between version 2 and 3.0.
- Blue Cat’s Chorus, between version 4.2 and 4.3.
- Blue Cat’s Flanger, between version 3.2 and 3.3.
- Blue Cat’s Phaser, between version 4.2 and 3.3.
- Blue Cat’s FreqAnalyst, between version 2.2 and 2.3.
- Blue Cat’s Triple EQ, between version 4.2 and 4.3.
- Blue Cat’s Gain Suite, between version 3.2 and 3.3.
- Blue Cat’s Dynamics, between version 4.1 and 4.2.
- Blue Cat’s Protector, between version 2.1 and 2.2.
- Blue Cat’s DP Meter Pro, between version 4.1 and 4.2.
- Blue Cat’s FreqAnalyst Multi, between version 2.2 and 2.3.
- Blue Cat’s Oscilloscope Multi, between version 2.2 and 2.3.
- Blue Cat’s StereoScope Multi, between version 2.2 and 2.3.
- Blue Cat’s Freeware Pack, since December 2019.
Other VST3 plug-ins that are not listed above still have the Mac-Windows compatibility issue, except for Blue Cat’s Destructor, Late Replies, Axiom and Re-Guitar that were released with the fix from the very first version.
Did you know that Blue Cat’s Protector 0dB brickwall limiter can be used to set a maximum ceiling level?
In addition to protecting your ears and monitors, this will also ensure that the chosen peak level is never exceeded.
Blue Cat’s Protector is a 0 dB brickwall limiter, but did you know that you could actually set a ceiling value and adjust the maximum peak level of a mix?
First, insert the plug-in on your master channel. Then adjust the input gain and knee value so that the plug-in starts limiting just a little bit (no more than a few dBs) for peaks (not continuously).
You can now adjust the output gain that is actually the maximum peak value allowed by the plug-in (since it limits to 0 dB right before the post gain stage):
The plug-in guarantees that the peak value of the output signal is limited to this ceiling value, hence its name!