Tutorial - Getting Started with Plug-ins User Interface

Tutorial Description

Get used to the user interface features of Blue Cat Audio products! They have been designed for an optimal workflow, so here are the tips and tricks to save time. All these features are explained in details in the user manuals, but this is a summary of the main things you want to know before you start using the plugins.

Step By Step

01 - When moving over an active widget, the cursor changes to show you you can do something with it, and the widget is usally highlited:

Step 01 - When moving over an active widget, the cursor changes to show you you can do something with it, and the widget is usally highlited

02 - Another cursor change example:

Step 02 - Another cursor change example

03 - When hovering over a widget or a curve, a tooltip shows you detailed information about the parameter value:

Step 03 - When hovering over a widget or a curve,  a tooltip shows you detailed information about the parameter value

04 - Once the widget has focus (usually visible - see the left knob), the parameter can be changed thanks to the mouse wheel or keyboard:

Step 04 - Once the widget has focus (usually visible - see the left knob), the parameter can be changed thanks to the mouse wheel or keyboard

05 - In this case you can use the following keys:

Step 05 - In this case you can use the following keys

06 - Holding the shift key while dragging the mouse or using the keys lets you fine tune the parameter (enhanced precision):

Step 06 - Holding the shift key while dragging the mouse or using the keys lets you fine tune the parameter (enhanced precision)

07 - Right click on the widget resets the parameter to its default value:

Step 07 - Right click on the widget resets the parameter to its default value

08 - Double clicking on a widget opens a popup window that lets you enter an exact value:

Step 08 - Double clicking on a widget opens a popup window that lets you enter an exact value

09 - Some plugins offer the 'Window opacity' feature that enables you to see thru the plugin window - drag a slider and change the opacity value:

Step 09 - Some plugins offer the 'Window opacity' feature that enables you to see thru the plugin window - drag a slider and change the opacity value

10 - Right clicking on the background of the plugin brings the main popup menu:

Step 10 - Right clicking on the background of the plugin brings the main popup menu

11 - The following functions are available:

  • Set Preset Skin: change the skin (personalized user interface) for the current preset only.
  • Use Global Skin: reset the current skin to the default one chosen in the global settings.
  • Preset Settings: open the current preset settings window. It allows you to edit the current MIDI settings and skin.
  • Global Settings: open the global settings window. It allows you to edit the default MIDI settings and skin (that can be overriden in each preset).
  • User Manual: opens the user manual, where you will find everything you need to know about the plugin.
  • Check for Updates: redirects to our website to check wether a new version is available.
  • Get More Skins: redirects to our website to get new skins for your product.
  • About: opens the about box, where you will find product information and version.
More information about these functionalities is available in the plugins user manuals.

Conclusion

Now you know the basics of the Blue Cat Audio user interface. Get a directX or VST plugin and have fun!

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