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Blue Cat's Axiom
Blue Cat's Axiom
"The next generation: your axe beyond the limits"
Blue Cat's Axiom - Guitar & Bass Amp Simulation With Effects (VST, AU, AAX, VST3, Standalone)

Blue Cat's Axiom is a powerful and open multi effects processor and amp simulation software for guitar and bass. Based on the acclaimed Destructor plug-in for amp simulations, Axiom offers an infinite number of exceptional tones for your axe.

Mac OS X 10.7+32/64-bit Universal BinaryWindows Vista or newerWindows x64 (64-bit)VSTVST3AAX64-bit AAXAudio Unit
Price: 199 EUR or $199 (tax incl.)
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Also in Bundles: All Plugins Pack / Axe Pack

Typical applications: Unlimited Guitar & bass amp simulation with effects, VST, VST3 and Audio Unit hosting.

Detailed Description

Axiom includes two amp simulations channels (with pre and post effects) that can be mixed together or used alternatively like a real amp. You can choose your amp models from hundreds of presets or launch the amp editor to build your own, with complete control over the tone. Additional input and master sections let you adjust the tone at the input and the output of Axiom, with 4 additional effect slots each and an integrated high precision tuner. A brickwall limiter also protects the output from overshoot.

Axiom includes 44 built-in effects that can be loaded in any of the 32 plug-in slots, including a built-in version of Late Replies for creative delays and reverbs, and a built-in version of Destructor to add your own distortion pedals, cabinets or additional amp simulations.

Blue Cat's Axiom is not limited to its built-in effects: these slots can also host third party Audio Unit, VST or VST3 plug-ins: you can use your favorite plug-ins anywhere in the signal chain and expand Axiom's capabilities.

And because playing alone is not so much fun, we have added a tools section with 3 additional slots to load virtual instruments: add a metronome, a drum machine, sequencer or your keyboardist's favorite synthesizer there to get it mixed with your guitar.

If you are looking for amp simulation software without the effects, see the Destructor plug-in. For a plug-in host & multi-effects processor without amp simulation, check out Blue Cat's PatchWork.

Credits: this plug-in includes several factory presets created by Hans Van Even.

Features

Main Features

  • Powerful and unlimited multi-effects processor and amp modeling software for guitar and bass.
  • Realistic and fully customizable amp simulation based on Blue Cat's Destructor.
  • Flexible routing: 2 parallel amp simulation channels with effects + input and master sections.
  • 44 high quality built-in effects: wah, delays, reverb, pitch bender, EQ, filters, distortion units, compressor, gate, chorus, flanger...
  • Includes Blue Cat's Re-Guitar, Destructor and Late Replies as built-in effects.
  • Built-in high precision tuner.
  • Open and extensible: load any third party VST, VST3 or Audio Unit (AU) plug-in.
  • Load and manipulate impulse responses (IR) in the amp simulator or the built-in EQ plug-in.
  • Delivered with thousands of presets for all sections and built-in effects.
  • Load third party virtual instruments to play along.
  • Global stereo spread control.
  • Lock sections to prevent changes when loading presets.
  • No latency.

Blue Cat Audio Standards:

  • Available as a standalone application and in most plug-in formats for Mac and Windows.
  • Full MIDI control and automation support, MIDI Learn.
  • No CPU load on idle: processing shuts down when fed with silence (optimal CPU usage).
  • Customizable user interface with transparency & zoom.
  • Smooth Bypass: noiseless plug-in activation / deactivation.
  • Undo/Redo.
  • Full featured integrated presets manager.
  • Copy/paste the state of the plug-in between instances.
  • Any sample rate supported.

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Blue Cat's Axiom - Guitar & Bass Amp Simulation With Effects (VST, AU, AAX, VST3, Standalone) Blue Cat's Axiom - 40 high quality built-in plug-ins to choose from, or load any third party VST,VST3 or AU plug-in Blue Cat's Axiom - Browse factory and user amp models on 2D maps, and morph models into unique new tones. Blue Cat's Axiom - Choose from a large selection of Wah models or build your own Blue Cat's Axiom - Control built-in or third party effects directly from the main screen Blue Cat's Axiom - Use the Amp Editor to create your own amp simulations (full edit mode shown here)

User Comments & Reviews

"This is not your average amp sim.[...] This is a really, really deep plug-in. [...] If you’re into guitar sound design and ambiance effects, I don’t think you’ll find a better plug-in anywhere. Period. Download the demo, and within 30 minutes, you’ll buy it. It’s like a sound design laboratory.[...] The bottom line is that Axiom is unique. There is no other amp sim like it." - Craig Anderton - [Read full review].

"Overall I think this is a must have plugin for anyone. Guitarists and non-Guitarists alike. For guitarists/bassists that enjoy experimenting, there’s nothing comparable that’s targeted to you." - Robert Randolph [Read Full Review].

"I have never had this goosebump feeling as it just happens when playing with AXIOM [...] The virtual Superamp Axiom by Blue Cat Audio is definitely worth a buenasideas.de tip!" - buenasideas.de [Read Full Review].

"I have been playing with Axiom for one day NONSTOP. It is wonderful. It is probably one of the most well thought out plugins I have ever used. [...] The sounds are incredible and very full. [...] All in all a great product and I am very happy with it so far." - Dallon Ghan.

"Avec Axiom, Blue Cat Audio nous impressionne. [...] C’est un logiciel jouissif de par son principe, et des sonorités convaincantes respectant la dynamique des instruments." - audiofanzine.fr - "Innovation Award" [Test Complet].

"I'm really getting into this plugin! I haven't really appreciated the possibility to leave the final guitar sound sculpting decisions until the final mix before, but with the Axiom this is obvious to me. Apart from the fact that it sounds great, is very easy to understand and edit and is very inspiring. It also has good presets that I use as starting points for my own sonic adventures. In short, very inspirational." - Mats N on The Gear Page - [full review and song].

"I can't imagine how much work and effort goes into developing a user friendly GUI for a plugin with the amount of incredible features provided here.[...] There is simply no tone you can't build in Axiom.[...] Axiom and Destructor give you a million high value ways to create your own professional quality guitar tones." - Honest Amp Sim Reviews - [Read full review].

"Dans un marché plus que concurrentiel, Blue Cat Audio arrive encore à innover avec cet Axiom, plein de sons pour guitares et basses, entre autres. En combinant un processeur multi-effet et des simulations d’ampli sous la même interface, Axiom pourrait bien devenir l’arme fatale des guitaristes en home-studio et, pourquoi pas, sur scène !." - KR Home Studio - Juin 2018.

"I think it is one of the best values out there. You can do so much with this plug-in.[...] I definitely put this one in the recommended pile." - realhomerecording.com [Full Video Review].

"I own several leading brands of software guitar emulation but Axiom is the first one I have used where the presets actually sound like well recorded real amps and are not instantly given away by the "digital fizz" which marks them as emulations and makes them not sit well in the mix. My initial experience is overwhelmingly positive, a quick tweak of an existing preset on the easy to use HMI and you have an eminently usable sound that sits in the track. In my view Axiom is a significant improvement in the state of the art of guitar amp emulation." - Robert Miller.

"With its unique approach and vast selection of effects, Axiom is an essential tool to have in your virtual guitar tone toolbox. It's hard to imagine another set of effects as complete and versatile as this." - Audio Geek 11 [Full Review].

"An extremely powerful multi-effects that rewards not only on electric guitars and basses, but also on many other instruments as well as vocals or synthesizer and keyboard sounds" - Beat Magazine.

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System Requirements

Windows

  • An SSE2-enabled processor (Pentium 4 or newer).
  • Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8 or 10.
  • For the plug-in, any VST / AAX compatible host software (32 or 64 bit).
  • For the standalone application, an ASIO, MME or WASAPI compatible audio interface (ASIO recommended).

Mac OS X

  • An Intel processor.
  • Mac OS 10.7 or newer.
  • For the plug-in, any VST / Audio Unit (32/64-bit) / AAX compatible application.
  • For the standalone application, a Core Audio compatible audio interface.

For more information about supported platforms, see our FAQ.

Demo Limitations

  • 5 instances of the plug-in allowed per session.
  • The effect is bypassed for half a second every minute.

Versions History >subscribe to our newsletter

V1.5 (2020/10/05)

New Features & Improvements:
  • Tail spillover: activate tail spillover from the toolbar to play effects tail when bypassed (available for Axiom itself or built-in delays and reverbs such as Late Replies). Also applies to sub sections (channel A/B, Pre or Post FX etc.).
  • Revamped Guitar & Bass Factory presets:
    • New hi hain presets using custom impulse responses (IR).
    • New responsive clean and crunch presets.
    • Reduced loudness and spectral balance discrepencies between presets.
    • Adjusted effects levels to preserve loudness when bypassed.
    • Adjusted reverb levels on all presets.
    • Most presets now support input overload gracefully (like "real world" amps): feel free to push the input gain by a few dBs!
    • New default preset to get started quickly with the software.
  • Arrow keys can now be used to navigate presets, in the main view or in the presets browser.
  • The opacity of the tone map window can now be adjusted for amp simulation and built-in effects.
  • Smoother presets switching.
  • Improved smooth plug-in bypass (faster and smoother transition).
Fixes:
  • Fixed: built-in Late Replies sometimes cut delay tail when using plug-ins in the feedback loops.
  • Fixed: output was mono when both A and B are off and I/O configuration is mono to stereo.
  • Fixed: the state of some VST2 plug-ins (which do not save their state as chunks) were not be restored properly if their number of parameters had been changed (e.g. FabFilter Pro-Q's latest update).
  • Mac: fixed GUI performance issues on native P3 displays and improved performance on other displays.
  • Mac: fixed mouse wheel that required large movements to change parameter values.
  • Mac: fixed mouse cursor flickering issues.
  • Mac: fixed Esc key not closing fine edit parameter dialog.
  • Mac Audio Unit: fixed plug-in listing in some host applications (Plogue Bidule...).

V1.41 (2020/05/28)

  • New high resolution graphics for knobs and sliders.
  • Updated Re-Guitar built-in plug-in to version 1.1.
  • Reduced disk footprint.
  • Fixed several issues with hosted plug-ins bypass (graphical glitches, untriggered bypass...).
  • Mac: Fixed keyboard not responding in registration panel in some host applications (LUNA, Garage Band...).
  • Mac: Fixed demo version that could hang Logic when reloading projects using the plug-in.

V1.4 (2020/02/03)

  • New "stomp box" look & feel for built-in effects.
  • New built-in effect: Hot Tuna high performance tuner.
  • The tone maps explorer for the amp simulation is now accessible directly from the main user interface.
  • Mac application now fully supports dark mode on Mac OS Mojave and newer.

V1.32 (2020/01/06)

New Features & Improvements:
  • Navigate presets and create new tones easily with "Tone Maps" for 9 built-in effects: Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Wah, Sweep Filter, EQ, Freq Shifter, Reverb and Waveshaper.
  • New presets for the built-in wah plug-in.
  • Built-in EQ & Amp Sim: improved impulse response convolution performance (long reverb tails are now supported, with low CPU usage).
  • Mac: faster GUI rendering on recent Mac OS systems (up to 5x faster for level meters).
  • Improved built-in tuner performance.
Fixes:
  • Mac: fixed user interface not properly shown on retina displays in some applications built with the 10.14 Mac OS SDK (Cubase 10.5 for example).
  • Mac: fixed settings panel rendering issues in dark mode on Mac OS Mojave and newer.
  • Fixed issue with some VST3 plug-ins that failed to initialize when loaded (Roland Cloud VST3)
  • Fixed built-in Wah plug-in that could exceed selected range in reverse mode.

V1.31 (2019/09/25)

  • Fixed tone maps presets morphing that did not work on Mac.
  • Fixed tone maps "reload from presets" when the map was created on another platform (Mac vs PC).
  • Fixed persistency of tools rack display setting.

V1.3 (2019/09/23)

New features:
  • New amp tones explorer with amp models morphing: explore and morph amps in 2 dimensions to create unique new tones easily.
  • New presets (and sub-presets) browser with built-in search: find factory or user amp models and effect chains to create new patches.
  • Added hundreds of new presets, sub-presets, new amp models (from Destructor 1.5) and new reverbs, delays and modulation effects from Late Replies 1.4.
  • MIDI Program Change preference is now saved into session instead of global preferences, so each instance can now use different MIDI channels. It is also saved in the user default preset.
  • VST3: added program change support for VST3 plug-in format.
  • VST3: added MIDI output support for VST3 plug-in format.
Built-in effects:
  • New "Overdrive" and "Overgrind" distortion pedals.
  • New Level (volume control) and Micro EQ built-in plug-ins.
  • Added a gain parameter to several built-in plug-ins to avoid volume changes when switched on/off (pitch and frequency shifters, modulation effects, delays).
  • Increased knobs precision for pitch shifter and waveshaper built-in plug-ins for smoother control.
  • Increased gain control range for distortion pedals.
Third party plug-ins host:
  • VST and VST3 plug-ins previously displayed as missing because of name changes are now relocated automatically (Waves major updates, 32 and 64-bit plug-ins with different names etc.)
  • Improved auto-relocation performance when a large number of plug-ins have moved.
  • VST3 Host: added MIDI output and program change support for recenlty updated VST3 plug-ins.
Other fixes and improvements:
  • Hovering the mouse on the current preset name now displays a tooltip with the full path of the last loaded preset file.
  • Enlarged the area to click on plug-ins bypass and "Show Editor" buttons.
  • Improved plug-in and app listing in Windows 10 start menu.
  • Fixed an issue with hosted plug-ins editors not always restored in the right position in Cubase on Windows.
  • VST: the user interface is now properly resized in Cubase on Windows.
  • Mac: fixed issue with Magic Mouse that could trigger drag and drop instead of mouse click.
  • Mac: faster GUI rendering on recent Mac OS systems (up to 5x faster on level meters).
  • Mac: fixed user interface not properly shown on retina displays in some applications built with the 10.14 Mac OS SDK.
  • Spectrum analyzer display of built-in EQ will not take priority over DAW or other plug-ins user interfaces.
  • Changing the slope of lowpass and highpass filters in the built-in EQ is now smoother.

V1.2 (2019/03/12)

  • New Re-Guitar built-in plug-in.
  • New "Re-Guitaring" presets using the new plug-in.
  • Fixed issues with Pitch Shifter, Harmonizer and Pitch Bender plug-ins when changing mode (there could be an audible delay).

V1.12 (2018/12/06)

  • Spectrum analysis (Amp sim & built-in EQ plug-in) is now performed in the background and does not affect audio performance.
  • Audio analysis for the tuner is now performed in the background and does not affect audio performance.
  • Improved convolution performance for the impulse response loader on multicore processors.
  • Fixed modulation plug-ins that did not always properly set rate when used in host sync mode (sweep filter, flanger, tremolo).

V1.11 (2018/10/19)

  • Fixed built-in Late Replies delay plug-in that produced digital distortion when loaded in Axiom presets.
  • Fixed built-in multitap delay plug-in that could get out of sync in some host applications.

V1.1 (2018/10/09)

  • Load impulse responses (IR) in pre or post filters of the amp simulator. The frequency response of IRs can be shifted and mixed together with the usual filter settings.
  • The built-in EQ plug-in can also load and manipulate impulse responses.
  • Drag and drop support:
    • drag and drop plug-ins between slots (copy or move).
    • drop the plug-in before another to insert it in the chain
    • drag and drop plug-ins between several instances of Axiom or across plug-ins (compatible with the latest preview of Late Replies, MB-7 Mixer and PatchWork).
    • drag and drop .dll, .vst, .vst3, or .component files directly from the Finder or Explorer onto plug-in slots.
    • drag and drop .plgnfo files (previously saved from the software) directly from the Finder or Explorer onto plug-in slots.
    • drag the amp simulator, and drop it on any slot, like any other plug-in.
    • drop the amp simulator onto channel A or B to copy the amp model to the other channel.
    • Drag and drop amp channel (A or B) to copy the entire channel settings to the other channel.
  • Fixed Joe's Bowl factory preset that included an instance of PatchWork.

V1.0 (2018/04/19)

First release.