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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FAQ

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.

How does licensing work?

A single license allows Gig Performer™ to be activated simultaneously on two computers with the same OS. So buying a Mac license lets you run Gig Performer™ on two Macs simultaneously and buying a Windows license lets you run Gig Performer™ on two Windows PCs simultaneously. We also offer a bundle consisting of both a Mac and Windows license, which of course lets you run Gig Performer™ on up to two Mac and up to two PCs.

If you need to run Gig Performer™ on a third machine, you can deactivate your license on one of your other machines and then activate on the third machine.

Can I use the same gig file on both a Mac and a Windows PC?

Sure – our “gig” files can be opened on either platform and as long as compatible plugins exist on both platforms, you will be able to use, edit, save and transfer gigs between the two platforms.

This mechanism also works even if not all plugins are present on one of the systems. GP has a built in “Chameleon” plugin that will “pretend” to be the missing plugin, obviously not producing any sound, but will turn into a real plugin on a system where the plugin does exist. This allows you to edit gig files even when some plugins are missing, although of course you cannot edit the missing plugins.

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.