DESKEW TECHNOLOGIES Gig Performer - AU and VST Host for Live Performers (Mac)

DESKEW TECHNOLOGIES Gig Performer - AU and VST Host for Live Performers (Mac)

DESKEW TECHNOLOGIES Gig Performer - AU and VST Host for Live Performers (Mac)

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Product Highlights

  • For Performers Who Use Plug-Ins
  • Supports AU & VST Formats
  • Layer Plug-Ins & Sounds in Rack Spaces
  • Simple Click & Drag Operation
  • Uses Widgets to Control Parameters
  • Widgets Assignable to MIDI Controllers
  • Predictive Loading for CPU Optimization
  • Instant Switching of Rack Spaces
  • OSC, Max/MSP & Bidule Support
  • Runs on Mac OS X 9 & Later
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  • 1Description

Available for download, Gig Performer from Deskew Technologies is a host application catered specifically to performers, allowing them to access their AU and VST plug-ins without using a DAW. It is useful for guitar players, keyboardists, singers, drummers, or any instrumentalists interfacing with digital elements in a live performance setting. Using this software, guitar players can control their amp simulations from MIDI pedalboards; keyboardists can control parameters of soft-synths on the fly; singers can add verb, compression, and delay to their voice at will. Even FOH engineers can benefit from the software, using it to add effects processing and then send the results to the mixing desk.

Gig Performer gives you an easy-to-use, intuitive GUI, offering virtual rack spaces that represent either a complete song in your set, or a section of a song; these rack spaces can contain all the software you’d need to achieve that end. As with physical, corporeal rack spaces, Gig Performer’s digital equivalents have front and back panels. The front panel allows you to instantiate controls Deskew Technologies calls “Widgets.” Each Widget gives you a pictorial representation of a MIDI-controllable effect. For instance, you can creative a wah-wah Widget which, not coincidentally, looks like a wah-wah pedal. Then, simply assign that Widget to a wah-wah effect in, say, Guitar Rig, and, in turn, use the wah-wah Widget to manipulate the tone of an amplifier in a plug-in such as IK AmpliTube 4. You can assign Widgets to MIDI controllers of any type, and apply the Widget technique to any tweakable, third-party plug-in at any point in your chain.

The back panel, on the other hand, allows you to connect plug-ins within a rack space in any order you choose, using a simple click-and-drag operation reminiscent of routing modules within FabFilter synthesizers, or routing sounds within programs such as Max/MSP. It’s no coincidence, one might add, that Gig Performer provides extensive support for systems such as Max/MSP to help you enable particularly complex routing schemes.

A predictive loading feature ensures that you load effects efficiently and effectively, giving you all the processing you’d need in a given rack space—as well as a selectable number of rack spaces adjacent to the one you’re currently using. This feature gives you the ability to switch instantaneously between plug-in configurations, and even lets you hold down notes loaded in one rack space as you switch to another. Predictive loading effectively bypasses plug-ins in faraway rack spaces, keeping the CPU load optimized for live performance. Switching to rack spaces in non-adjacent racks may not be instantaneous, but it’s still pretty speedy nonetheless.

Gig Performer also features support for Plogue Arts’s Bidule, as well as OSC support for integration with tablets and smartphones. This software is compatible with mac platforms, requiring OS X 10.9 or above. It requires 28 MB of hard drive space during installation.

Key Features at a Glance
  • Supports all VST and AU plug-ins
  • Allows you to play multiple instruments, layer sounds, and add effects
  • Easy user interface: Simply connect any plug-in to any other plug-in in any configuration—no confusing busses, sends or inserts
  • Automatic mixing of signals when multiple outputs are connected to a single input
  • Deactivate any plug-in at any time to remove sounds or bypass effects
  • Build fully customizable rack spaces consisting of one or more front panels
  • Instantaneous glitch-free switching between sounds—even while holding notes— for seamless transition from one song to the next or from one part of a song to another
  • Use keyboards, MIDI pedals, and control surfaces to alter plug-in parameters in real time via a wide range of widgets such as knobs, sliders, buttons, labels, and meters
  • Learn mode makes it easy to assign a MIDI control to a widget and a widget to a plug-in parameter
  • Widget scaling allows full motion while restricting the parameter range
  • LEDs show input/output levels on each channel as well as audio and MIDI activity
  • Built-in full-screen chromatic tuner
  • Create multiple independent running instances for different members of the band or for when you want to control some plug-ins while leaving others alone
  • Runs on Mac platforms so you can create, share, and modify your files on any computer, even if some plug-ins are missing
  • Minimal CPU usage
  • Support for multiple audio interfaces
  • Predictive Loading reduces RAM and CPU demand in systems with limited resources
  • Automatic detection of new MIDI devices—connect and reconnect on the fly
  • Full MIDI remapping, transposition, layering, and keyboard splitting
  • Send program change and other messages to external MIDI devices automatically
  • OSC support for remote control via tablets and smartphones
  • Support for Max/MSP and Bidule for the development of complex interactive control algorithms
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System Requirements Mac Computer
OS X 9 or later
28 MB hard-drive space for installation


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