Tutorial - Using Blue Cat Audio plugins connectivity in Reaper

Tutorial Description

This tutorial shows how to use our plugins MIDI connectivity within Reaper. We use Blue Cat's Dynamics plugin as an example, but you can use any other audio plugin which provides output parameters, such as our audio analysis plugins.

These capabilities let you use any characteristic of a source audio signal to perform a side chain on any parameter of the destination signal. Our example shows how to perform side chain compression with this system.

Step By Step

01 - On the source track, Open the FX Panel and click on 'Add':

Step 01 - On the source track, Open the FX Panel and click on 'Add'

02 - Select the Blue Cat's Dynamics Plugin:

Step 02 - Select the Blue Cat's Dynamics Plugin

03 - Setup the Dynamics plugin, and set the dry-wet knob to 0 (no compression is applied on the source track):

Step 03 - Setup the Dynamics plugin, and set the dry-wet knob to 0 (no compression is applied on the source track)

04 - in the Presets settings, enable and assign the MIDI output for the Comp parameter:

Step 04 - in the Presets settings, enable and assign the MIDI output for the Comp parameter

05 - On the destination track, insert the Blue Cat's gain plugin:

Step 05 - On the destination track, insert the Blue Cat's gain plugin

06 - In the presets settings, enable the Gain parameter MIDI control and assign it to the same channel and CC:

Step 06 - In the presets settings, enable the Gain parameter MIDI control and assign it to the same channel and CC

07 - on the destination track, route MIDI data from the source track:

Step 07 - on the destination track, route MIDI data from the source track

08 - Play the project, the destination gain is now controlled by the compressor gain:

Step 08 - Play the project, the destination gain is now controlled by the compressor gain

Conclusion

You have just learnt how to use the MIDI connectivity capabilities of our plugins in Reaper. You can now experiment with many effect source and destination parameters. Do not hesitate to spend some time tweaking the MIDI response curves as well for an optimal result.

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