Worried about CPU usage or memory consumption with Blue Cat’s PatchWork?
When using a plug-in such as Blue Cat’s PatchWork to host plug-ins, one may be concerned about the overhead added by such a “wrapper” and decreased performance. Indeed, you do not want this plug-in to use too much CPU or memory (RAM) and keep these for the plug-ins that actually process your audio!
For example, when using Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer to just host plug-ins, its memory consumption may be a limiting factor, if you are still running a 32-bit host, such as Pro Tools 10. The plug-in was indeed not designed for this purpose, and many of its features cannot be removed at runtime, even with the special single band skin.
That’s where Blue Cat’s PatchWork is very handy: it was designed to use the strict minimum of memory and CPU, to let most of it for hosted plug-ins and get optimal performance. The consequence? You can host hundreds (even thousands!) of instances into your favorite 32-bit or 64-bit DAW without any problem!
As an example, see below a Pro Tools 10 Session with 1000 instances of Blue Cat’s PatchWork on 100 tracks (level meters disabled to save CPU). Pro Tools’ memory footprint is only 1.5 GB, which gives plenty of room for your own plug-ins!