Gig Performer | FAQ
Gig Performer is a cross-platform (Mac/Windows) audio plugin host for both live performance and session musicians (keyboard players, guitarists, singers, drummers) looking for an intuitive fast and flexible VST/AU plugin hosting environment for their software synths and effects.
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Frequently Asked Questions

So what is Gig Performer anyway?

Gig Performer is an application to allow you to use your computer and an audio interface for live music performance. Whether you’re part of a band or a solo artist you can use Gig Performer to manage all the sounds and/or effects processing you need when you’re on stage.

Why did you build it?

We were unhappy with the functionality (and quirks) of existing products addressing the live music performance user and we decided that we could do better. We hope you will agree with us.

Does Gig Performer come with any plugins?

No, it doesn’t. We saw no reason to reinvent the wheel since there are already a tremendous number of high-quality commercial and free plugins available, and most users already have plugins with which they like to work.

On what platforms does Gig Performer run?

Gig Performer is designed to run on both OS X and MS Windows so the user can work in whichever environment is most familiar and comfortable.

Where can I find plugins if I don’t already have my own collection?

A quick internet search will turn up numerous sites on which you can find and download many free VST and AU (Mac only) synth and effect plugins.

What is a Rack Space?

A Rack Space is a container for a collection of plugins (in the back) wired together any way you like along with a collection of SmartPanels (in the front) to control those plugin parameters in real time. A single rack space could represent all the elements you need for a song or just parts of a song. You can switch from one rack space to another instantaneously.

What is a Variation?

Variations allow you to instantly change the front panel settings of a rackspace. For example, if you have a single rack containing a collection of plugin effects such as phaser, flanger, chorus and echo, then different variations would allow you to instantly change multiple parameters so you can switch from just phaser to phaser+flanger+chorus or change the phaser rate, flanger depth and chorus width in one go, rather than having to press multiple pedals and/or adjust multiple dials. Many songs use the same plugins connected together in the same way but with slightly different parameters so variations allow you to reuse the same plugins without needing more memory to hold them.

What is a Panel?

A Panel is a container for “Macros” or “Smart Control” in other products, but a Panel in Gig Performer is far more flexible. It essentially enables you to bundle a collection of smart controls in individual panels of a rack space.