Gig Performer | Features and Benefits
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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Features and Benefits

Visual-based plugin connections

Connect plugins together any way you wish without the need to create channel strips, busses, sends and inserts

Patch Persist™

Switch from one rackspace to another while holding keys or your sustain pedal. The notes from the old rackspace will continue to sound while new notes you play will use the plugins in the new rackspace. Allows seamless transitions from one song to the next or from one part of a song to another.

Glitchless switching

Create an arbitrary number of setups with your chosen plugins connected anyway you want and then switch from one to another without any audio glitches

Predictive loading™

When predictive loading is enabled, instead of loading your entire show, we load pieces of it in anticipation of upcoming use. This is done in the background with no impact on audio so you can still switch instantaneously to the next rackspace.

Predictive loading reduces significantly both your RAM usage and CPU utilization. It is really suited for live musicians using a large number of plugins + samples but are mostly following a set list.

Audio File Player 

A plugin that supports playback of wav, aif and mp3 file formats. Up to 8 simultaneous tracks. Suitable for playing backing tracks and or for looping short samples with seamless switching from one track to another while maintaining the playhead. Each track can have its own output channel allowing individual post-processing if needed.

Widget groups

Control multiple parameters by assigning individual widgets to each parameter and then group the widgets so that turning any of them makes them all turn. Use a “master” widget to control multiple sub-widgets. Each widget has its own scaling so it’s simply to control the range of each parameter separately. Adjusting the cutoff frequency of multiple synths in one go is easy as is the ability to crossfade volumes or effects.

Rackspace variations

No need to duplicate rackspaces just to get minor changes to your sounds. Variations provide instant recall of modified sounds even while audio is still playing.

MIDI Clock Sync

Gig Performer can sync to an external MIDI clock source such as a DAW, Maschine or a keyboard that can generate MIDI clock events. Any time dependent plugins running in Gig Performer (echo, delay, drum sequences) will stay in perfect synchronization with your external source.

Partial saving

Instead of an all or nothing approach, if you’re tweaking multiple rackspaces, you can choose to just save some of them rather than saving everything in one go. That way, if you’re done with certain rackspaces you can save them but still leave others unsaved in case you decide you don’t want to keep the changes you’ve made.

Multi-instance support

Create multiple independent running instances of Gig Performer™ for different members of the band or for when you want to separately control some plugins while leaving others alone.

Share/modify gig files on any computer

Any gig file can be opened on another system (Windows or OS X). Missing plugins will be handled by our internal “Chameleon” plugin that mimics all properties of the original plugin (except the actual processing) allowing you to modify the gig file, save it and re-open it on a computer that does have all needed plugins.

If the current system does not have enough audio inputs or outputs, Gig Performer™ will create “Virtual channels” that will produce no input or output, but will allow you to change the connections, save the gig and later reopen it with the original device.

Advanced MIDI functionality

Control your rackspaces with MIDI commands, switch variations or toggle the tuner view. Remap or block MIDI channels, transpose notes automatically and restrict notes ranges to create keyboard splits and layers.

Automatic MIDI device detection

Connect or disconnect USB or virtual MIDI devices on the fly. Gig Performer™ will detect new devices automatically and make them available.

Performer and Connection views

Easily switch between the front performer view where you can see your controls and the connections view where you insert and connect your plugins together.

Bypass plugins

Deactivate any plugin any time you need. Great for allowing or bypassing effects plugins on the fly.

MIDI and OSC controllable widgets

Widgets are controls such as knobs, buttons, labels, sliders and meters that can control and monitor plugin parameters. Widgets can scale values giving you the full motion of the physical knob, slider or expression pedal while restricting the actual parameter range. Learn mode makes it easy to assign a MIDI control to a widget and to assign a widget to a plugin parameter.

OSC support

Control Gig Performer™ remotely using OSC-based apps such as Lemur and TouchOSC.

 

Use applications like MaxMSP or Bidule to develop sophisticated algorithms for interactive control with Gig Performer managing your audio flawlessly

Cross platform support

Gig Performer™ is available for both OS X and Windows. Gigs created on one platform will run unchanged on the other platform (assuming the required plugins are available).

Built-in full screen guitar tuner

Quickly tune your guitar visually by flipping to a full screen view that lets you easily see what adjustments are needed.

Usability and workflow

We understand deeply what’s needed at creation time, during rehearsals with others  and during an actual show and have targeted our feature set to address both.

Custom panel and widgets for each rackspace.

Define custom performer views for each song with just the controls (knobs, sliders, buttons etc) required. No need to clutter your display with controls that aren’t actually needed.

LEDs show activity on each channel

Diagnose problems on stage very quickly. It’s easy to see that audio is coming in (or not) and going out (or not) on the appropriate channels.

 

Incoming MIDI is also highlighted so you can easily tell if an external device stops working.

Send program changes to external MIDI devices automatically

When you change from one rackspace to another, each of your external MIDI devices (keyboard and rackmount synths, drum machines, etc) can be sent the desired Program Change messages automatically so they’re ready for use.