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Blue Cat's PatchWork Tutorials
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Tip - Creating Beautiful Lead Guitar Harmonies

Creating Beautiful Lead Guitar Harmonies

Here’s another great built-in plugin, the Harmonizer. Just like most plugins built into AXIOM, you can also find it in Patchwork, Late Replies or the MB7 Mixer. The difference between this harmonizer and the built-in pitch shifter is that you …  Read More 

Tip - Phaser vs Flanger: What’s The Difference?

Phaser vs Flanger: What’s The Difference?

Flanger and Phaser are both modulation effects that create deep filters sweeping around the spectrum over time. But they are produced by different means, and they do not sound the same. So what’s the difference between both phasing and flanging? …  Read More 

Tip - Built-In Plug-Ins: What’s Included?

Built-In Plug-Ins: What’s Included?

As you’re probably aware, Blue Cat’s PatchWork, MB-7 Mixer, Late Replies and Axiom are able to load third-party plug-ins. But did you know that they also all come with many built-in Blue Cat Audio effects and utility plug-ins? There’s so …  Read More 

Tip - 5 Reasons To Use PatchWork

5 Reasons To Use PatchWork

Blue Cat Audio’s PatchWork is a plug-in in which you can load up to 64 other plug-ins. How is that useful? Here are five reasons. 1. Easy management and recall of your template plug-in chainsMany mix engineers find they often …  Read More 

Tip - Tone Maps: A New Approach To Sound Design And Tone Control

Tone Maps: A New Approach To Sound Design And Tone Control

Initially designed to navigate presets in 2D and create new guitar amp tones in Destructor and Axiom by morphing between presets (See this tone explorer video for more details), tone maps have now been implemented in several built-in effects that can …  Read More 

Tip - How to Make Reverb Sound Good

How to Make Reverb Sound Good

Blue Cat’s Axiom, Late Replies, Patchwork & MB-7 Mixer plug-ins all come bundled with a long list of built-in effects, including this unique Reverb plugin. Learn more about its settings, how they influence the sound of the produced reverberation, and …  Read More 

Tip - How to Optimize a Windows Laptop for Low Latency Real Time Audio

How to Optimize a Windows Laptop for Low Latency Real Time Audio

Have you ever wished that you could use all your virtual instruments libraries for your keyboards or all these incredible virtual amps from your studio for your guitar or bass on stage? Make your wish come true, then: most laptops …  Read More 

Tip - How To Do Mid/Side Processing With Any Plug-In

How To Do Mid/Side Processing With Any Plug-In

The traditional way to manage stereo streams is to use separate left and right channels sources. There is however another way: by recombining these left and right channels, you can actually separate the mid channel (mono or center) from the sides …  Read More 

Tip - PatchWork 2.1 – What’s New? A Closer Look!

PatchWork 2.1 – What’s New? A Closer Look!

Let’s take a closer look at Blue Cat’s PatchWork 2.1 free update that was released today and explore some of its new features! 25 Built-in Audio Effects Blue Cat’s PatchWork can now be used as a multi effects processor on …  Read More 

Tip - PatchWork + Destructor + Late Replies – The Ultimate Guitar Combo?

PatchWork + Destructor + Late Replies – The Ultimate Guitar Combo?

Did you know that as a guitarist, with Blue Cat’s PatchWork as a host application (or plug-in), Blue Cat’s Destructor for the guitar tone and Late Replies for the ambiance and creative effects, you have access to an incredible palette of …  Read More 

Tip - Hosted Plug-ins Automation

Hosted Plug-ins Automation

Did you know that you can use automation to control the plug-ins hosted inside Blue Cat’s PatchWork or MB-7 Mixer V3? The example below uses PatchWork in Pro Tools 12, but the same applies to the MB-7 Mixer multiband plug-in …  Read More 

Tip - VST3 Plug-In ID Changes on Mac

VST3 Plug-In ID Changes on Mac

Despite all our efforts, sometimes bugs are not caught before the software is released, and this one has an impact on VST3 users on Mac, so we’d like to share more information about it with you, so that you can …  Read More 

Tip - Save Favorite Plug-Ins and Settings & Reload From Menu

Save Favorite Plug-Ins and Settings & Reload From Menu

Did you know that with PatchWork V2 and MB-7 Mixer V3 you can save your favorite plug-ins (and their entire configuration) to reload them directly from the plug-in menu? Here is how you can do it! Save Plug-In and its Settings …  Read More 

Tip - Effect or Virtual Instrument?

Effect or Virtual Instrument?

Did you know that there are two versions of Blue Cat’s PatchWork? In case you have not noticed, the PatchWork plug-in comes in two flavors: effect (“PatchWork”) or virtual instrument (“PatchWork Synth”). That’s two different plug-ins that you may want …  Read More 

Tip - Blue Cat’s Crafters Pack: The New Bundle for Creative Minds

Blue Cat’s Crafters Pack: The New Bundle for Creative Minds

The release of Blue Cat’s Plug’n Script 2.0 is also the opportunity for us to unleash a new bundle: Blue Cat’s Crafters Pack. This bundle combines our most powerful tools to customize your virtual studio and build the ultimate audio …  Read More 

Tip - Using Side Chain With Blue Cat’s PatchWork In Pro Tools

Using Side Chain With Blue Cat’s PatchWork In Pro Tools

Starting with version 1.7, Blue Cat’s PatchWork supports external side chain with most DAWs. In this tutorial we’ ll show how to use the external side chain input with Pro Tools to feed a sub-plug-in hosted inside PatchWork with the …  Read More 

Tip - Happy New Year – Blue Cat’s PatchWork Update

Happy New Year – Blue Cat’s PatchWork Update

We wish you all a happy new year! To celebrate 2015, we are happy to announce a new version of Blue Cat’s PatchWork (free update for existing customers). So what’s new with this new release? New “Light Blue” Theme Skin If you …  Read More 

Tip - Your Own (Free) Plug-Ins Browser with Icons on Mac

Your Own (Free) Plug-Ins Browser with Icons on Mac

Did you know that you can use custom icons for your plug-ins on Mac? We have already shown in previous tutorial how to organize your plug-ins on Mac, and how to customize the organization with icons on Windows so that they …  Read More 

Tip - Using Blue Cat’s PatchWork Host Application in 32-bit Mode on Mac

Using Blue Cat’s PatchWork Host Application in 32-bit Mode on Mac

32-bit? On Mac, Blue Cat’s PatchWork standalone host application will run by default in 64-bit mode. This lets the application access as much memory as possible and load 64-bit plug-ins. However, some legacy plug-ins are available only as 32-bit binaries. In order …  Read More 

Tip - Organize Your VST Plug-Ins on Windows

Organize Your VST Plug-Ins on Windows

  As shown some time ago for the Mac, today’s tip shows you how to organize your plug-ins on windows, in order to find and load them quickly into Blue Cat’s PatchWork or MB-7 Mixer. As you will see, It’s no rocket …  Read More 

Tip - Blue Cat’s PatchWork Standalone Tips Video

Blue Cat’s PatchWork Standalone Tips Video

Still wondering how you can use our new standalone host application? Our Friends at Pro Tools Expert have released a nice video which demonstrates some of the capabilities of the new Blue Cat’s PatchWork Application, check it out! Read More 

Tip - Blue Cat’s PatchWork Standalone: What Can It Do for You?

Blue Cat’s PatchWork Standalone: What Can It Do for You?

Since the release of Blue Cat’s PatchWork 1.6 yesterday, we have been asked a couple of times what it is possible to do with the standalone version of the software. So here is a brief overview and a few ideas …  Read More 

Tip - Blue Cat’s PatchWork Standalone Host Application

Blue Cat’s PatchWork Standalone Host Application

With version 1.6, Blue Cat’s PatchWork is now available both as a plug-in and a standalone application: it can be used on its own, without the need for a third party host application. This is probably the fastest and lightest …  Read More 

Tip - Using MIDI FX in Pro Tools

Using MIDI FX in Pro Tools

Did you know that you can use AAX plug-ins as MIDI Effects in Pro Tools? AAX plug-ins can receive MIDI events, modify them, and send them to another plug-in. Yes, it’s possible! MIDI Routing As an example, let’s see how …  Read More 

Tip - Organize Your Plug-Ins on Mac

Organize Your Plug-Ins on Mac

Your VST or Audio Units plug-ins folder looks like a huge mess? Having a hard time finding your plug-ins when loading them from Blue Cat’s PatchWork or MB-7 Mixer? Organize them! Originally posted on the forum by ninox_rufa, this is …  Read More 

Tip - New in PatchWork 1.5 & MB-7 Mixer 2.4

New in PatchWork 1.5 & MB-7 Mixer 2.4

This new release mainly brings stability and compatibility improvements with many plug-ins, but we couldn’t help adding several new features to enhance your workflow: MIDI FX Support Blue Cat’s PatchWork 1.5 can now be loaded as a MIDI FX inside …  Read More 

Tip - Ensuring Maximum Mac/Windows Compatibility With Blue Cat’s PatchWork and MB-7 Mixer

Ensuring Maximum Mac/Windows Compatibility With Blue Cat’s PatchWork and MB-7 Mixer

Both Blue Cat’s PatchWork and Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer are able to host third party plug-ins. When systems are configured properly, it is possible to share presets, settings and host sessions between Mac and Windows platforms. We’ll take a few …  Read More 

Tip - One More Thing for Pro Tools Users

One More Thing for Pro Tools Users

If you are using Pro Tools, there is one more reason for using Blue Cat’s PatchWork to enhance third party plug-ins: AudioSuite. Some third party plug-ins are indeed sometimes available only for real time processing in Pro Tools’ mixer but …  Read More 

Tip - Dynamic Latency Compensation in Cubase and Nuendo

Dynamic Latency Compensation in Cubase and Nuendo

When using Blue Cat’s PatchWork or MB-7 Mixer with audio plug-ins that add latency to the signal (for example plug-ins that run on specific DSP chips), our plug-ins dynamically report latency changes to the host application. However, Cubase is not …  Read More 

Tip - Using Blue Cat’s PatchWork to Enhance Third Party Plug-Ins

Using Blue Cat’s PatchWork to Enhance Third Party Plug-Ins

You have now probably realized how you could use Blue Cat’s PatchWork to create your own effect chains and reuse them instantly in all your Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs). But have you thought about simply wrapping your plug-ins to make …  Read More 

Tip - Blue Cat’s PatchWork Show and Tell Video

Blue Cat’s PatchWork Show and Tell Video

Our friends at Pro Tools Expert have released a show and tell review of Blue Cat’s Patchwork. Check it out! Read More 

Tip - Blue Cat’s PatchWork Overview Video

Blue Cat’s PatchWork Overview Video

It’s finally here… An overview video for Blue Cat’s PatchWork! If you are still wondering what this plug-ins is all about and what it can bring to your workflow, check this out! (video by Streamworks Audio) Read More 

Tip - UAD Plug-Ins in Pro Tools 11: it’s possible, right now!

UAD Plug-Ins in Pro Tools 11: it’s possible, right now!

Our friends at Pro Tools Expert have noticed that Universal Audio’s latest update now make UAD plug-ins compatible with Blue Cat’s PatchWork and Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer in Pro Tools 11: What does it mean for you? You can now use …  Read More 

Tip - You said “Lightweight”?

You said “Lightweight”?

Worried about CPU usage or memory consumption with Blue Cat’s PatchWork? When using a plug-in such as Blue Cat’s PatchWork to host plug-ins, one may be concerned about the overhead added by such a “wrapper” and decreased performance. Indeed, you …  Read More 

Tutorial - Using DXi plug-ins in Sony Vegas

Read Tutorial - Using DXi plug-ins in Sony Vegas - A Solution to the 'My Plugin Does not Show Up in Vegas' Issue

This tutorial will teach you how to use any DXi plug-in in Sony Vegas: Sony Vegas does not support MIDI automation, so if your plug-in supports the MIDI Dxi protocol, it is removed from the plug-ins l... Read More 


Tutorial - Export Plugin Presets to Share them with the Community

Read Tutorial - Export Plugin Presets to Share them with the Community - Save your presets in an appropriate format for sharing

This tutorial shows you how to export your presets in order to share them with the community on the Blue Cat Audio website. This tutorial uses Blue Cat's for the demonstration but is applicable ... Read More 


Tutorial - Getting Started with Plug-ins User Interface

Read Tutorial - Getting Started with Plug-ins User Interface - The tips & tricks that will make your life easier

Get used to the user interface features of Blue Cat Audio products! They have been designed for an optimal workflow, so here are the tips and tricks to save time. All these features are explained in d... Read More 


Tutorial - Using MIDI Control in Sonar

Read Tutorial - Using MIDI Control in Sonar - Control Your DirectX And VST Plugins

This tutorial will help you understand how to use parameters MIDI control in Cakewalk Sonar. It is applicable to any DXi plug-in (MIDI enabled DirectX plug-in).... Read More 


Tutorial - How to Use the Free Presets Available on this Website

Read Tutorial - How to Use the Free Presets Available on this Website - Download and Load Shared Plugin Presets

This tutorial shows you how to get and load free presets for your favorite Blue Cat Audio plugin. This tutorial uses Blue Cat's Dynamics for the demonstration but is applicable to all our plugins... Read More 


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