Tips And Tricks

Tip - Guitar Tone Matching With Blue Cat’s Destructor – EVH

There are many ways to match the tone of your favorite guitar players with your own gear. Here is Hans Van Even‘s method, using Blue Cat’s Destructor to mimic Eddie Van Halen’s unique tone. Watch out! Sick guitar shredding inside! Enjoy! >discuss … [Read More...]

Tip - Transfering Blue Cat Audio Plug-Ins to a New Windows PC

If you are using multiple machines or if you want to transfer your plug-ins quickly to a new PC without having to register your all your Blue Cat Audio plug-ins again and setup your preferences, here is the solution. Note: … [Read More...]

Tip - Hosted Plug-ins Automation

Did you know that you can use automation to control the plug-ins hosted inside Blue Cat’s PatchWork or MB-7 Mixer V3? The example below uses PatchWork in Pro Tools 12, but the same applies to the MB-7 Mixer multiband plug-in … [Read More...]

Tip - VST3 Plug-In ID Changes on Mac

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 … [Read More...]

Tip - Save Favorite Plug-Ins and Settings & Reload From Menu

Did you know that with PatchWork V2 and MB-7 Mixer V3 you can save your favorite plug-ins (and their entire configuration) to reload them directly from the plug-in menu? Here is how you can do it! Save Plug-In and its Settings … [Read More...]

Tip - Dynamic & Side Chain Distortion

In the following tutorial, producer Joshua Casper shows Blue Cat’s Destructor exclusive shape dynamics settings and explores the side chain capabilities of the plug-in. Yes, you can do side chain distortion! And this video will tell you how! Enjoy! >discuss this … [Read More...]

Tip - In-Depth FREE Destructor Tutorial, and more!

Our partners at Groove3 have released an awesome in-depth tutorial for Blue Cat’s Destructor: all features of the plug-in are covered, from the straightforward easy-mode to the most advanced side chain distortion capabilities. This tutorial is definitely recommended if you want … [Read More...]

Tip - Blue Cat’s Destructor for Electronic Music

To follow up on the dark side of the Destructor, we are glad to interview today Sink, who was part of the beta testing team for Blue Cat’s Destructor and also created many factory presets for the plug-in. Let’s forget about … [Read More...]

Tip - MIDI Connectivity and Side Chaining

Did you know that all our plug-ins can be connected together via MIDI (or automation)? This tutorials demonstrates these capabilities to perform side chain compression on the lower part of the signal of the target track, using Blue Cat’s Dynamics and … [Read More...]

Tip - Windows: Are Your Plug-Ins Infected by A Virus?

This is the kind of scary message that will usually prevent you from installing downloaded software, isn’t it? So What? Unfortunately (or fortunately?), such messages from Windows 10 or your anti virus software have most of the time nothing to … [Read More...]

Tip - Free Plug-Ins for Commercial Use?

We are often asked this question: “May I use your free plug-ins for my commercial audio project?”. So we thought it was worth clarifying: the answer is YES, do use them! These plug-ins are fully free, with no limitation of … [Read More...]

Tip - Effect or Virtual Instrument?

Did you know that there are two versions of Blue Cat’s PatchWork? In case you have not noticed, the PatchWork plug-in comes in two flavors: effect (“PatchWork”) or virtual instrument (“PatchWork Synth”). That’s two different plug-ins that you may want … [Read More...]

Tip - Everything You Need To Know About the MB-7 Mixer

Blue Cat’s’MB-7 Mixer is one of our most feature-rich plug-in: it combines multiband processing, third party plug-ins hosting, mid/side processing, side chain support, MIDI and automation generation, multiple instances  communication and more… That’s quite a lot of power into your … [Read More...]

Tip - Setting Up Ceiling Level with Blue Cat’s Protector

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.

Tip - Copy/Paste Settings Between Plug-In Instances

Did you know that you can copy and paste settings between instances of the same Blue Cat Audio Plug-In? Also, did you know that it also work between different DAWs and plug-ins formats? For example you can copy the settings … [Read More...]

Tip - Multiband Side Chain with the MB-7 Mixer Plug-In

In this video, you will learn how to use the extra side chain input of the Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer plug-in to create multiband side chain effects with sub-plug-ins.

Tip - Blue Cat’s Crafters Pack: The New Bundle for Creative Minds

The release of Blue Cat’s Plug’n Script 2.0 is also the opportunity for us to unleash a new bundle: Blue Cat’s Crafters Pack. This bundle combines our most powerful tools to customize your virtual studio and build the ultimate audio … [Read More...]

Tip - Blue Cat’s Plug’n Script 2.0 Is Out!

We are happy to announce the release of Blue Cat’s Plug’n Script 2.0. This new version brings many improvements, such as an extra side chain input and multiple auxiliary outputs, native scripts support and enhanced user interface with the KUIML 2.0 programming … [Read More...]

Tip - Exploring Blue Cat’s Dynamics 4.0 for Compression

Spend 14 minutes with Jerry in this free video and explore compression techniques with Blue Cat’s Dynamics 4.0:

Tip - Upward and Downward Compression with Blue Cat’s Dynamics 4

Our friends at Pro Tools Expert have just published an overview video of the new Blue Cat’s Dynamics 4.0 plug-in, demonstrating the upward and downward compression capabilities of the plug-in. Check it out!

Tip - Using Side Chain With Blue Cat’s PatchWork In Pro Tools

Starting with version 1.7, Blue Cat’s PatchWork supports external side chain with most DAWs. In this tutorial we’ ll show how to use the external side chain input with Pro Tools to feed a sub-plug-in hosted inside PatchWork with the … [Read More...]

Tip - Using Blue Cat’s MB-5 Dynamix to Enhance a Percussion Track

Today Jerry Mateo shows us how to use Blue Cat’s MB-5 Dynamix to gate the higher frequencies of a shaker track to improve its dynamics:

Tip - Multiple Tracks Spectrum Analysis

In this video Jerry Mateo shows how to use Blue Cat’s FreqAnalyst Multi in a busy mix.

Tip - Happy New Year – Blue Cat’s PatchWork Update

We wish you all a happy new year! To celebrate 2015, we are happy to announce a new version of Blue Cat’s PatchWork (free update for existing customers). So what’s new with this new release? New “Light Blue” Theme Skin If you … [Read More...]

Tip - Your Own (Free) Plug-Ins Browser with Icons on Mac

Did you know that you can use custom icons for your plug-ins on Mac? We have already shown in previous tutorial how to organize your plug-ins on Mac, and how to customize the organization with icons on Windows so that they … [Read More...]

Tip - Using Blue Cat’s PatchWork Host Application in 32-bit Mode on Mac

32-bit? On Mac, Blue Cat’s PatchWork standalone host application will run by default in 64-bit mode. This lets the application access as much memory as possible and load 64-bit plug-ins. However, some legacy plug-ins are available only as 32-bit binaries. In order … [Read More...]

Tip - Organize Your VST Plug-Ins on Windows

  As shown some time ago for the Mac, today’s tip shows you how to organize your plug-ins on windows, in order to find and load them quickly into Blue Cat’s PatchWork or MB-7 Mixer. As you will see, It’s no rocket … [Read More...]

Tip - Blue Cat’s PatchWork Standalone Tips Video

Still wondering how you can use our new standalone host application? Our Friends at Pro Tools Expert have released a nice video which demonstrates some of the capabilities of the new Blue Cat’s PatchWork Application, check it out!

Tip - Blue Cat’s PatchWork Standalone: What Can It Do for You?

Since the release of Blue Cat’s PatchWork 1.6 yesterday, we have been asked a couple of times what it is possible to do with the standalone version of the software. So here is a brief overview and a few ideas … [Read More...]

Tip - Blue Cat’s PatchWork Standalone Host Application

With version 1.6, Blue Cat’s PatchWork is now available both as a plug-in and a standalone application: it can be used on its own, without the need for a third party host application. This is probably the fastest and lightest … [Read More...]

Tip - Using MIDI FX in Pro Tools

Did you know that you can use AAX plug-ins as MIDI Effects in Pro Tools? AAX plug-ins can receive MIDI events, modify them, and send them to another plug-in. Yes, it’s possible! MIDI Routing As an example, let’s see how … [Read More...]

Tip - Organize Your Plug-Ins on Mac

Your VST or Audio Units plug-ins folder looks like a huge mess? Having a hard time finding your plug-ins when loading them from Blue Cat’s PatchWork or MB-7 Mixer? Organize them! Originally posted on the forum by ninox_rufa, this is … [Read More...]

Tip - New in PatchWork 1.5 & MB-7 Mixer 2.4

This new release mainly brings stability and compatibility improvements with many plug-ins, but we couldn’t help adding several new features to enhance your workflow: MIDI FX Support Blue Cat’s PatchWork 1.5 can now be loaded as a MIDI FX inside … [Read More...]

Tip - Plug’n Script 1.1: What’s New?

We are happy to unleash Blue Cat’s Plug’n Script 1.1 today, with a couple of improvements and fixes for this new scripting plug-in. Let’s have a look at the main improvements brought into this new release! MIDI FX Support for … [Read More...]

Tip - Ensuring Maximum Mac/Windows Compatibility With Blue Cat’s PatchWork and MB-7 Mixer

Both Blue Cat’s PatchWork and Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer are able to host third party plug-ins. When systems are configured properly, it is possible to share presets, settings and host sessions between Mac and Windows platforms. We’ll take a few … [Read More...]

Tip - Controlling the Maximum Audio Level with Blue Cat’s Protector

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 … [Read More...]

Tip - One More Thing for Pro Tools Users

If you are using Pro Tools, there is one more reason for using Blue Cat’s PatchWork to enhance third party plug-ins: AudioSuite. Some third party plug-ins are indeed sometimes available only for real time processing in Pro Tools’ mixer but … [Read More...]

Tip - Transfering Blue Cat Audio Licenses to a New Mac

If you are using multiple machines or if you want to transfer your plug-ins quickly to a new Mac without having to register your Blue Cat Audio plug-ins again, here is the solution. This short tutorial also applies to global … [Read More...]

Tip - Dynamic Latency Compensation in Cubase and Nuendo

When using Blue Cat’s PatchWork or MB-7 Mixer with audio plug-ins that add latency to the signal (for example plug-ins that run on specific DSP chips), our plug-ins dynamically report latency changes to the host application. However, Cubase is not … [Read More...]

Tip - Using Blue Cat’s PatchWork to Enhance Third Party Plug-Ins

You have now probably realized how you could use Blue Cat’s PatchWork to create your own effect chains and reuse them instantly in all your Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs). But have you thought about simply wrapping your plug-ins to make … [Read More...]

Tip - Blue Cat’s PatchWork Show and Tell Video

Our friends at Pro Tools Expert have released a show and tell review of Blue Cat’s Patchwork. Check it out!  

Tip - Blue Cat’s PatchWork Overview Video

It’s finally here… An overview video for Blue Cat’s PatchWork! If you are still wondering what this plug-ins is all about and what it can bring to your workflow, check this out! (video by Streamworks Audio)

Tip - UAD Plug-Ins in Pro Tools 11: it’s possible, right now!

Our friends at Pro Tools Expert have noticed that Universal Audio’s latest update now make UAD plug-ins compatible with Blue Cat’s PatchWork and Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer in Pro Tools 11: What does it mean for you? You can now use … [Read More...]

Tip - You said “Lightweight”?

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 … [Read More...]

Tip - Automatic Gain Compensation with Blue Cat’s Gain Suite

Our friend at ModernMixing.com has published a nice (free) tutorial that explains how to use Blue Cat’s Gain Suite multi instances capability to operate as a gain compensation plug-in and trigger distortion without changing the volume. You can use a similar … [Read More...]

Tip - MB-7 Mixer 2.03: tempo sync and AudioSuite are here!

We have just issued a new update for Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer: V2.03 is here, bringing tempo sync support as well as AudioSuite for AAX. Also, this update fixes compatibility problems with a couple of plug-ins, so you may want … [Read More...]

Tip - Multiband VST Instruments Hosting? Not a Bad Idea After All!

Even though it was not designed for such purposes, Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer v2 has been heavily used to host VST virtual instruments (VSTi) in applications that do not support them (Pro Tools, Logic, …), in broadband mode (no band splitting … [Read More...]

Tip - Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer: Support for VST Shell Plug-Ins is Coming

Some VST plug-ins are only available as “shell” plug-ins (a special type of VST plug-in that contains multiple plug-ins in a single file). As you can see below, support for these bundled plug-ins is coming soon for Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer … [Read More...]

Tip - Eating our own Cat food: self sanity check passed!

There is nothing like eating your own dog cat food and use the tools that you sell for your own work. So we have decided to take benefit from Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer’s new ability to host VST plug-ins, in … [Read More...]

Tip - Widening Vocals with Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer

Today’s tip is once again brought to you by Dan-D: check out his tutorial showing how to spice up vocals with Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer: Enjoy!