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Deskew Gig Performer 4.0 Brings 49 Billion Enhancements



The list of new features in the latest version of the dedicated live performance plug-in host is dizzying

If you already have a DAW, do you need a dedicated plug-in host for live performance? We answered that question loudly in the affirmative when we reviewed Deskew’s Gig Performer 3.8 last year (read review here).

Please read or re-read the review (link just above) for an explanation of this very clever Mac and PC program, which now also comes in a native M1 version for the new Macs).

Version 4 is a formidable upgrade that adds a dizzying number of new features. Here are some of the highlights:

– Gig Performer 4.0 comes with a bundle of synths,guitar amps, and effects from third-party plug-in developers, along with relatedtemplates, to get you started.

– The Global Rackspace, for sharing plug-ins among individual Rackspaces. If you use, say, the same softsynths and a reverb on all the songs in your set that’s shared by the guitarist, you only have to load it once. Global Rackspaces can also house loopers, media players, and other plug-ins that keep running across song and set changes.

–An expanded virtual wiring view in all Rackspaces isnow zoomable and scrollable, so you can move quickly between details ofspecific connectionsand an overview of the entire layout. Collections ofwired-together plugins can be saved as named favorites.

– The new Curve Designer tool creates, scales, andcustomizes curves that can affect Widgets (which are onscreen controls that respond to MIDI), note velocities and other MIDI data, etc.Then the Probabilistic Sound Designer appliesrandomization to user-selected parameters of any plug-ins. You have extensive control over what does and doesn’t get randomized.

– A native MIDI File Player plug-in holds up to 128songs, and can map individual tracks to different instrument plug-ins. Song tempocan drive GigPerformer’s global tempo to synchronize time-based effects suchas delays; in the other direction, tap tempo can control the file playbackspeed. MIDImessages in a song file can trigger Rackspace and other vitalcontrol changes, for performers whouse MIDI backing tracks. Files may also be looped and start atuser-defined bars.

– Other MIDI enhancements include an expanded MIDI InBlock with velocity curves, real-time note name and velocity display, keyboardtracking forplug-in parameters, and note inversion (for admirers of Joe Zawinul). The MIDI Helperprovides an intuitive visual way to create individual MIDI events. MIDI events such as controlmovements or program changes can have different effects on different software (andhardware) devices, and it can handle manufacturers’ SysExinformation.

– Touchscreen laptops are supported, withan optional large touchpad for entering error-free values quickly, drag-to-changesupport, andtap tempo entry.

– An Undofeature for panel design, making it easier to design complex panelsand layoutwidgets.

– Scriplets are the offspring of GPScript, the programming language included with Gig Performer. They’re forcreatingcustom functions within Gig Performer, which can then beshared with the Gig Performer community. Gig Performer’s programminglanguage adds features to the program, for example there’s a script that plays the bass note that it figures out from the other notes in a chord.

Workflow improvements include:

– Separate control of audio input muting andoutput fading when changing Rackspaces.

– Dragging a preset into the wiring viewautomatically loads the appropriate plug-in.

– Default Widget values, accessed bydouble-clicking.

– Custom backgrounds for panels and labelWidgets.

– Faster assignment of multiple Widgets togroups.

– Audio mixer plug-ins now support up to 32channels.

– The System Actions plug-in for morecontrol of Gig Performer from external controllers.

– New tuner view with changeableAreference frequency.

– Maximum number of connections definable forindividual Blocks.

– More integration with hardware synths and otheroutboard MIDI devices, along with improved SysEx support.

– Over 100 new GP Script System Functions.

– An external C-based API allows hardwaremanufacturers to integrate their control surfaces into Gig Performer.

Prices:$169.00 (macOS or Windows), $199.00 for across-platform bundle beginning June 1. Customers who purchaseGig Performer 3(current version) for $149 through May 31 will immediately receive licenses forboth Gig Performer 3 and Gig Performer 4. Upgrade discounts from older versions are also available.

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