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Blue Cat PatchWork v1.4 released

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Blue Cat Audio has released version 1.4 of its PatchWork plug-in host for Windows and Mac.

Blue Cat Audio PatchWork

This new version includes MIDI channel filtering for plug-ins input, parallel processing chains improvements (selectable summing mode and solo buttons), and several compatibility improvements on Mac.

Changes in Blue Cat PatchWork v1.4

  • Selectable parallel processing chains summing mode: sum or average.
  • Solo button for parallel chains.
  • MIDI Channel filtering for each plug-in input.
  • Fixed undo/redo incompatibilities with some plug-ins.
  • (Mac) Fixed crash introduced in 1.3 when trying to load missing VST plug-ins.
  • (Mac) Fixed wrong plug-in instantiated in some cases when selected from a VST shell package.
  • (Mac) Fixed crash after closing the editor of an Audio Unit plug-in loaded with SoundRadix’s 32Lives.

Blue Cat’s PatchWork is available for purchase for 59 EUR/$79 USD.

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Blue Cat Audio updates PatchWork to v1.3

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Blue Cat Audio has released version 1.3 of Blue Cat’s PatchWork, a new version of the “universal plug-ins patch bay” available in multiple audio plug-in formats.

Blue Cat's PatchWork

With Blue Cat’s PatchWork 1.3, it is now possible to host Audio Unit plug-ins inside the plug-in on Mac (in addition to VST plug-ins). Copy/paste enhancements simplify moving plug-ins in the signal chain or between applications. Several compatibility and performance improvements have also been included (full list below).

Changes in PatchWork v1.3

  • New Features:
    • Audio Unit hosting support: Audio Units can now be loaded into the plug-in on Mac.
    • Plug-ins can now be cut from a slot for cut/paste operations.
    • Plug-ins can now be pasted into a slot with their params map.
  • Improvements:
    • User interface loading or resizing is now up to 50% faster.
    • Reduced the size of windows installers.
    • Minor layout changes.
  • Fixes and compatibility improvements:
    • Fixed undo/redo incompatibilities with some plug-ins.
    • (Mac) Fixed random crashes when unloading some plug-ins on Mac (Waves plug-ins for example).
    • (Win/AAX) Fixed shortcut to user manual in start menu.
    • (AAX) Fixed inaccurate transport information reported to sub plug-ins when stopping playback in Pro Tools.

Blue Cat’s PatchWork for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/DX) is available for purchase for 59 EUR / $79 USD (VAT excluded). The update is free for existing customers.

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Blue Cat updates PatchWork to v1.2 & MB-7 Mixer to v2.2

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Blue Cat Audio has released version 1.2 of PatchWork and version 2.2 of MB-7 Mixer, a new version of its audio plug-ins that can host third party VST plug-ins.

Blue Cat's PatchWork

With Blue Cat’s PatchWork 1.2, Blue Cat Audio has added flexible MIDI routing capabilities to its “universal plug-ins patchbay”: it is now possible to connect hosted plug-ins together or with the host application to send and receive MIDI messages.

For both plug-ins, this new version also brings the ability to rename plug-ins instances, as well as several performance and compatibility improvements (full list below).

Changes in PatchWork v1.2

  • MIDI Routing: custom MIDI routes can be created to connect plug-ins together and with the host application, to send and receive MIDI messages.
  • Mono to stereo processing: the plug-in can now be used as a mono to stereo plug-in and process mono tracks with stereo effects in hosts that support it.
  • The “Parameters Map” menu item is now checked when a parameter is mapped.

Changes in PatchWork v1.2 & MB-7 Mixer v2.2

  • Plug-in instance Renaming: it is now possible to give a name to each instance of a plug-in.
  • Improved performance of undo tracking when loading presets for plug-ins with many parameters.
  • Improved performance when changing the size of the plug-in user interface.
  • Fixed keyboard stealing issue in many host applications when sub plug-ins editors are opened (except 32-bit applications on Mac).
  • Fixed compatibility issue with Pro Tools 9 on Mac (random crashes).
  • Fixing crashes with some plug-ins requesting information while being opened.

Blue Cat’s PatchWork: 59 EUR/$79 USD, MB-7 Mixer is 99 EUR/$129 USD. The update is free for existing customers.

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Blue Cat Audio updates 8 audio plug-ins

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Blue Cat Audio

Blue Cat Audio has released an update of 8 audio plug-ins to fix a few compatibility issues and improve the experience on newer systems.

This update includes new versions for Blue Cat’s Dynamics (broadband dynamics processor), MB-5 Dynamix (multiband dynamics processor), FreqAnalyst Pro (spectrum analyzer), StereoScope Pro (stereo field analyzer), the Blue Cat’s Parametr’EQ series (Parametric equalizers) and Blue Cat’s Remote Control (virtual control surface).

Changes in the update

  • Fixed 64-bit VST MIDI Events not sent for the first output parameter in the list.
  • Windows VST installer now detects the VST plug-ins path and remembers previous install location for updates.
  • Fixed Audio Unit validation issue on OSX Mavericks/Logic Pro X.
  • Fixed VST plug-in window frame not showing in Cubase 7.5 (32-bit) on Mac.
  • Fixed VST version that could not be loaded in Audio Hijack (Mac).

The update is now available to downloaf for existing customers free of charge.

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Blue Cat Audio updates PatchWork to v1.1

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Blue Cat Audio has released version 1.1 of PatchWork, the “universal plug-ins patchbay” plug-in that can host up to 64 VST plug-ins into any Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).

Blue Cat's PatchWork
With Blue Cat’s PatchWork it is possible to chain effects in series or create up to 8 parallel chains that can be activated independently.

This new version mainly brings sub plug-in automation support thanks to new parameter mapping features, phase flip and gain compensation for parallel chains, a few compatibility improvements and many more enhancements (details below): It is now possible to map hosted plug-ins’ parameters to external parameters that can be controlled by host automation or external control surfaces.

Changes in Blue Cat’s PatchWork v1.1

  • New Features:
    • New parameters mapping feature for sub plug-ins automation (includes a “learn” mode for easy mapping): Up to 40 parameters can be mapped to external controls. Usual Blue Cat Audio plug-ins’ advanced automation and MIDI control features can also be used to map controllers to sub-plug-ins parameters.
    • New layout to display mapped automation controls in the main user interface.
    • Added phase flip buttons for each parallel chain, so that you can easily compute differences between signals or correct phase problems introduced by some plug-ins.
    • Link all pre and post gain knobs so that pre gain changes are automatically compensated by the post gain knobs. This can be used to easily push dynamics or distortion plug-ins without increasing the volume.
  • Fixes and compatibility improvements:
    • In some hosts, when no plug-in is inserted, level meters remained frozen when stopping transport.
    • Fixing crashes with GRM Tools plug-ins that changed their audio I/O count dynamically (“Reson” for example).
    • Fixing sample rate initialization issue with Nebula when using copy/paste.
    • The plug-in can now be used as a virtual instrument in Cubase and Studio One (it used to be silent).
    • Some plug-ins that required the deprecated “effIdle” VST message should now work properly (Steinberg’s Virtual Guitarist for example).

Blue Cat’s PatchWork for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for 47 EUR / $63 USD until December 31st, 2013 (regular 59 EUR / $79 USD).

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Blue Cat Audio releases PatchWork plug-in patchbay

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Blue Cat Audio has announced the release of Blue Cat’s PatchWork, a new plug-in that can be described as a “universal plug-ins patchbay”.

Blue Cat PatchWork
PatchWork can host up to 64 VST plug-ins into any Digital Audio Workstation.

It is possible to chain effects in series or create up to 8 parallel chains that can be activated independently, and create many effects or instruments configurations within the plug-in, without the need for multiple busses. These configurations can be saved as presets and recalled instantly, or shared with multiple DAWs, using any plug-in format. Despite the plug-in’s name, no wiring or cabling is required: configuring plug-ins routing is as simple as adding or removing a row or a column in the rack’s matrix.

For each plug-in slot, latency compensation, presets management, undo/redo integration, and individual plug-in bypass are included for optimal operation. The plug-in also stores the position of the window for each plug-in so that the layout is restored with the session or saved with presets.

PatchWork features

  • Configurable VST plug-ins rack: host up to 64 third party plug-ins or instruments in series or parallel.
  • Available as an effect or virtual instrument.
  • Build your own effects chains: up to 8 “pre” and “post” plug-ins slots to chain plug-ins in series.
  • Parallel processing made easy: up to 8 parallel plug-ins chains.
  • Host up to 8 virtual instruments in parallel and mix them within the plug-in.
  • Global Dry/Wet control (“Mix”).
  • Copy and paste plug-ins with their settings between slots.
  • Recall complex processing setups and plug-ins layouts with one click and share them between your DAWs.
  • Input and output levels monitoring.
  • Plug-ins Latency compensation.
  • Integrated undo/redo.
  • Fully configurable user interface, with multiple sizes.

PatchWork is available to purchase at an introductory discount of 20% until December 31st, 2013. Existing Blue Cat Audio customers can purchase the plug-in with 40% discount.

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Blue Cat Audio updates Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer to v2.1

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Blue Cat Audio MB-7 Mixer

Blue Cat Audio has released version 2.1 of the MB-7 Mixer, a multi-band processing plug-in with VST hosting capabilities.

This new release mainly brings workflow enhancements, such as copy/paste capabilities, plug-ins layout restore, direct access to bypass and editor window, as well as plug-ins compatibility improvements.

The free broadband add-on skin has also been updated to include the new features and streamline the usage of the plug-in in single band (broadband) mode.

Changes in MB-7 v2.1

  • Bypass and display editor commands are now directly available from buttons in the plug-in slots.
  • Plug-ins editors can now be restored on open (position on screen is now saved in session and presets), with an option in the preferences to disable restoration.
  • Copy/paste plug-ins between slots using the system clipboard (you can copy paste between instances, or in different applications).
  • Copy/paste the plug-in’s current state from the presets menu using the system clipboard.
  • “Center Plug-in Editor” command to bring back plug-ins editors that may be lost on the screen.
  • Improved support for plug-ins with multiple I/O configurations (the number of channels is now passed to the plug-ins).
  • (Mac) Inserted plug-ins window do not follow the MB-7 Mixer window anymore.
  • (Mac) plug-in version number is now available when using “Get Info” in the Finder.
  • Fixed: (Mac) RTAS version could cause some GUI issues in Pro Tools with some plug-ins (blank windows).
  • Fixed: (Mac) About window does not show up first in the corner of the screen.
  • Fixed: (Win) Alt-Click on a control now resets the value to default in Pro Tools, as expected.

The MB-7 Mixer plug-in is available to purchase for 99 EUR.

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