Did you know that you can use Blue Cat’s PatchWork to extend the capabilities of your favorite plug-ins? That you can just “wrap” the plug-in(s) inside Patchwork to create an enhanced version and get much more out of them?
Blue Cat's PatchWork is a universal plug-ins patchbay that can host up to 64 VST or Audio Unit plug-ins into any Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) in one instance. Blue Cat's PatchWork is a universal. Blue Cat's PatchWork, MB-7 Mixer And Late Replies Free Update (2020/10/05) We are happy to announce the release of Blue Cat's PatchWork 2.43, MB-7 Mixer 3.33 and Late Replies 1.42! These new versions bring many improvements and fixes, such as tail spillover, hi-res graphics, improved bypassed, improved presets navigation. Blue Cat’s PatchWork is a universal plug-ins patchbay that can host up to 64 VST, VST3, Audio Unit or built-in plug-ins into any Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) in one instance. It is possible to chain effects in series or create up to 8 parallel chains that can be activated independently.
Blue Cat's PatchWork is a universal plug-ins patchbay that can host up to 64 VST, VST3, Audio Unit or built-in plug-ins into any Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) in one instance. It is possible to chain effects in series or create up to 8 parallel chains that can be activated independently.
Let’s see in details how your plug-ins can benefit from being loaded thru PatchWork!
If your favorite plug-in cannot be loaded in Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Live or Reason, don’t panic: it can probably be loaded thru Patchwork: PatchWork is available as a VST, Audio Unit, VST3 or AAX plug-in and can load third party VST, VST3 or Audio Unit plug-ins.
PatchWork can also be loaded as a standalone application, so your plug-in can run almost independently, without having to launch a heavy full featured (and sometimes slow) DAW!
Your favorite plug-in does not have a dry/wet control? Just load it in Patchwork and use the mix knob to select the amount of wet vs dry signal, it’s as simple as that!
You are just a few clicks away from parallel compression, with any compressor plug-in!
Most plug-ins including delays or reverbs do not let the effect tail ring when bypassed, and sometimes they will even abruptly stop processing, resulting in audio glitches. While this is fine while doing A/B comparisons in a mixing environment, it can be a real problem when used to play live and activating/deactivating effects.
Patchwork offers a “tail spillover” option that will let effect tail ring until it’s done. Wrap your plug-in inside PatchWork and use PatchWork’s smooth bypass (glitch free bypass) to overcome these limitations!
PatchWork is able to detect when fed with silence and it will stop processing audio when not required (tail ended, no virtual instrument loaded etc.). So if your plug-in or DAW does not implement this feature, you can wrap the plug-in into PatchWork and it will optimize CPU usage for you!
PatchWork also includes a CPU meter that lets you check how much CPU the hosted plug-in(s) is using.
Since PatchWork 2.5, parallel chains can be computed on separate CPU cores. If your virtual instrument does not spread its processing onto multiple cores, you can use PatchWork to do it for you and increase polyphony:
Simply insert several instances on parallel chains, with a MIDI filter before (Plug’n Script has a MIDI range filter script that just does that for example) to limit the range of notes used by each instance:
When playing multiple notes at the same time, they will be spread across parallel chains (and across CPU core accordingly). And you can use more instances if you need even more polyphony!
Many plug-ins have limited capabilities to manage presets. PatchWork has its own preset browser, with built-in search, folders support and more.
It is possible to save PatchWork presets for your wrapped plug-ins (plug-ins state is saved inside PatchWork presets) and use them instead of the original plug-ins presets.
You can now sort them, search by keyword, and even mix presets from different plug-ins, all in the same place.
PatchWork supports MIDI to load presets and control its parameters (with MIDI Bank Select, Program Change or MIDI CC messages).
A wrapped plug-in can benefit from these features too! For example, if you are using PatchWork to manage your plug-ins presets, you can load them via MIDI instantly (just activate PatchWork’s MIDI Program Change feature).
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Individual parameters can also benefit from MIDI control via PatchWork: map the parameters of the wrapped plug-in (as shown in this video) and use MIDI learn on the mapped parameters to control them with any MIDI controller.
As you can see, many plug-ins can do a lot more, just by being loaded inside PatchWork!
It is unfortunately not possible to go thru all PatchWork’s features here, but it has many other capabilities that may help you get the best of your plug-ins (built-in level meters, pre/post gain link, drag and drop from file system, Audio Unit MIDI FX support…).
If you do not own PatchWork already, you can download and try the free demo and see what it can do for you!
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Blue Cat's MB-7 Mixer 10 Years Anniversary Update (2021/05/04)
We are very proud to announce the release of Blue Cat's MB-7 Mixer 3.4, celebrating the 10th anniversary and 27th release of this unique multiband processor!
With a focus on performance and stability, this update is a major step forward for this plug-in that was initially released in 2011: a new multicore optimized DSP engine (up to 7 times the processing power), improved compatibility with third party hosts and plug-ins, Apple M1 support and many other improvements and fixes.
As usual, you can find the free update at the same location as the original full version (link received by email). A Re-introduction offer is available to new customers (23% off) until June 4th, don't miss it! Existing Blue Cat Audio customers should receive an even better deal by email shortly.
Blue Cat's PatchWork 2.5 Released (2021/04/06)
Blue Cat's PatchWork 2.5 is here! With a new multicore processing engine, many performance, plug-ins/hosts compatibility improvements and many other new features, this free update will let you load even more plug-ins!
An optimized build for the new Apple M1 Macs is also available to customers as a preview, and it's definitely worth it, as shown in our Apple M1 vs Intel comparison.
As usual, get the update from the same location as the original full version (link received by email). A Re-introduction offer is available to new customers (10% off) until May 6th, don't miss it! And if you are an existing Blue Cat Audio customer, you will receive an even better deal by email shortly.
Blue Cat's Plug'n Script 3.31 Free Update (2021/02/16)
We are glad to announce Blue Cat's Plug'n Script 3.31, a free update for our DIY audio plug-in!
This new version brings many performance improvements, unicode support, a new dsp workload meter, and lots of other improvements and fixes! An updated preview built for the new Apple M1 processor is also available to existing customers.
The update is free for customers (from the link received by email upon purchase), and newcomers can get Plug'n Script at a special introduction price (20% off), until March 15th. Enjoy!
Freeware Plug-Ins Update (2020/12/15)
Still 100% free, our freeware has just been update! get the latest version of our free plug-ins or the Free Pack bundle that gathers them all.
With many improvements and a few fixes, this is a recommended update for all 7 plug-ins (see details on each product page).
Of course, all this software is 100% free: it requires no registration, dongle, or mailing list subscription (feel free to subscribe here though). Enjoy!
Massive Analysis And Metering Plug-Ins Update (2020/11/12)
Please welcome Blue Cat's FreqAnalyst Pro and StereoScope Pro2.0, brand new versions of our spectrum and stereo field analyzers: refreshed GUI design, VST3 support, and many new features and enhancements!
Also part of this update: our multitrack analyzers, Blue Cat's FreqAnalyst Multi, Oscilloscope Multi and StereoScope Multi, as well as the DP Meter Pro, with several improvements and a few bug fixes.
The update is free for existing customers, and all 6 plug-ins as well as the Analysis Pack bundle are available at a special re-introduction price (up to 30% off) until December 5th, with even better prices for registered customers (check your email).