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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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Blue Cat Audio updates Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer to v2.03

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Blue Cat MB-7 Mixer 2

Blue Cat Audio has announced the release of several updates for Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer 2, the multi-band processing plug-in with VST hosting capabilities.

The updates mainly improve compatibility with additional VST plug-ins (including VST Shells), adds support for virtual instruments hosting, tempo synchronization and more (full list below). A free add-on skin is now available for download to streamline the usage of the plug-in in single band (broadband) mode.

The plug-in can be purchased alone or as part of three bundles: Blue Cat’s Energy Pack, Blue Cat’s MB Dynamix Pack or Blue Cat’s All Plug-ins Pack, the complete Blue Cat Audio collection bundle. The special introduction offer (20% off) is still available until September 30th.

Changes in MB-7 Mixer v2.03

  • The plug-in can now host VST instruments.
  • Added support for plug-ins bundled into a VST Shell.
  • Hosted VST plug-ins can now sync with the host’s tempo.
  • AudioSuite support (offline processing) for the AAX version.
  • Some VST plug-ins that required tempo sync used to crash on load or produce no sound.
  • Fixed compatibility issues with FabFilter plug-ins.
  • Some VST plug-ins used to crash when reloading a Pro Tools session in Pro Tools 11.

Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer 2 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/DirectX) is available to purchase for 74 EUR / $96 USD until September 30th, 2013 (regular 99 EUR / $129 USD). The upgrade from Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer 1 is 19 EUR / $25 USD.

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Blue Cat Audio releases MB-7 Mixer 2.0

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Blue Cat MB-7 Mixer 2.0

Blue Cat Audio has announced the release of Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer 2.0, a complete rewrite of the multiband processing plug-in, now including multiband VST hosting capabilities.

Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer is a unique plug-in that splits the signal into several frequency bands and lets you mix and process them as if they were separate tracks.

In addition to the ability to host up to 4 VST plug-ins per band and thus transform any regular plug-in into a frequency-aware processor, Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer has now a brand new modular user interface, with lots of new features and enhancements: a spectrogram display, a new presets manager, multiple display sizes, new MIDI and automation mapping capabilities, and more.

Changes in MB-7 Mixer v2.0

  • New Features
    • Brand new, fully customizable user interface
      • New look and feel.
      • Show only what you need.
      • New color or greyscale overlayed spectrogram view.
      • Multiple display sizes.
      • Customizable gain range.
      • Improved readability.
      • Animated transitions.
    • Multiband VST Hosting
      • Apply VST effects to a selected frequency range.
      • Add up to 4 VST plug-ins on each band.
      • Pre and post fader plug-ins slots.
      • Integrated latency compensation engine, with real time host reporting.
      • Optional undo/redo integration.
      • VST Presets Management.
      • Bypass inserted plug-ins individually.
    • New integrated presets manager
      • Load/save presets from the plug-in’s user interface.
      • Organize presets with folders.
      • Customize the default preset.
      • Exchange presets easily.
      • Automation range and response curve can now be customized for each parameter (in and out).
      • Automation and MIDI settings (channel, MIDI learn etc.) are now accessible from the main user interface.
  • Improvements
    • New presets to get started faster.
    • The windows installer now automatically detects the most appropriate VST install path.
    • License is now shared between plug-ins types (register only once for all formats).
    • Improved value display in fine edit window.
    • Improved parameters display on control surfaces.
  • Optimizations and Performance Improvements
    • Improved parameters precision (now stored as 64-bit).
    • More compact presets format (uses less space and loads faster).
    • Smaller binaries on Mac (dropped PowerPC support).
  • Bug Fixes
    • (RTAS) Fixed parameters control with EUCON control surfaces in Pro Tools.
    • Fixed user interface issues in Final Cut Pro X.
    • Fixed keyboard stealing issue in Digital Performer 7 on Mac.
    • Fixed copy/paste keyboard shortcut issues in the registration panel on Mac.

MB-7 Mixer 2 is available to purchase for the introductory price of 74 EUR / $96 USD until September 30th, 2013 (regular 99 EUR / $129 USD). The upgrade from MB-7 Mixer 1 is 19 EUR / $25 USD. The plug-in is also included in various bundles, which are also 20% off until September 30th.

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Blue Cat Audio updates 9 plug-ins for Pro Tools 11 + Summer Sales announced

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Blue Cat AAX

Blue Cat Audio has announced the release of an update for 9 additional plug-ins to support Pro Tools 11, and announces summer sales to celebrate that all 21 Blue Cat Audio plug-ins are now available in 32 and 64-bit AAX Native format.

Pro Tools 11 users can now enjoy Blue Cat’s Dynamics (broadband dynamics processor), MB-7 Mixer (multiband mixing tool), 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) on their system, in addition to the 12 other plug-ins released last week.

The update is free for existing customers and is available for download from the same page as the initial purchase. Special prices for the release of these new Pro Tools 11-compatible versions will be available until the end of July (15% off all plug-ins and 10% off all bundles). They apply to all plug-in formats: VST, Audio Unit, RTAS, AAX and DirectX.

The sale ends July 31st, 2013.

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Blue Cat Audio updates 12 audio plug-ins (6 free) with Pro Tools 11 support

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Blue Cat Audio / Pro Tools 11

Blue Cat Audio has released a new version of twelve of its professional audio plug-ins: Blue Cat’s DP Meter Pro (audio levels meter), FreqAnalyst Multi (multiple tracks spectrum analyzer), Oscilloscope Multi (multiple tracks waveform visualizer), StereoScope Multi (multiple tracks stereo field analyzer), Blue Cat’s Protector (zero latency brickwall limiter), Blue Cat’s Liny EQ (low latency linear phase EQ), and the complete Blue Cat’s Freeware Pack (6 free plug-ins) are now available for Pro Tools 11.

These updates mainly add 64-bit AAX support for Pro Tools 11, and bring additional fixes and enhancements on both Mac and PC for other plug-ins formats (see details below).

The update for commercial plug-ins is free for existing customers and is available for download from the same locations as the previous versions. Blue Cat’s Freeware Pack is available for free on www.bluecataudio.com. All plug-ins support VST, Audio Unit, RTAS, AAX and DirectX formats for Mac and PC and are compatible with 32-bit or 64-bit applications.

Changes in Blue Cat Audio plugins

  • All plug-ins:
    • 64-bit AAX support for Pro Tools 11.
  • Additional changes for Blue Cat’s Freeware Pack:
    • Audio Suite support for offline processing in Pro Tools (AAX).
    • The windows installer now automatically detects the most appropriate VST install path.
    • Fixed AAX version not showing up in Pro Tools 10.3.5 on Windows.
    • (RTAS) Fixed parameters control with EUCON control surfaces in Pro Tools.
    • Fixed user interface issues in Final Cut Pro X.
    • Fixed compare button issues in Pro Tools.
    • Mac-VST: Fixed window resize issues on Cubase and Nuendo (Mac).
    • Mac: Control MIDI settings dialog now brought back to front when already opened in the background.

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