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Tip - Blue Cat Axiom’s Built-In Distortion Pedals

Blue Cat Axiom’s Built-In Distortion Pedals

Axiom has a built-in amp simulator, but did you know that it is also loaded with 10 excellent overdrive and distortion pedals, all based on the acclaimed Destructor technology? The BCA effect pedals have a particular sound on their own …  Read More 

Tip - How To Download Next Release Previews?

How To Download Next Release Previews?

Did you know that previews of the next releases for most our software is often available on bluecataudio.com? As a registered customer, if you want to get early access to new features and fixes, it is very easy! Open Your …  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 - Slow Mac? How to Fix Mac OS GUI Performance Issues

Slow Mac? How to Fix Mac OS GUI Performance Issues

So you just got a gorgeous brand new Mac with a Retina display, but it is awfully slow when launching your favorite audio app or plug-ins? Don’t panic, there is a solution! The Issue On recent Macs that have a …  Read More 

Tip - Ridin’ the dynamic range

Ridin’ the dynamic range

Dynamics processing is one of the most important techniques in the audio engineer’s bag of tricks. Compressors, limiters, expanders and gates are examples of these tools and they come in a wide variety of types and functions both as hardware …  Read More 

Tip - How To Make A VST, Audio Unit or AAX Plug-In, In 20 Minutes!

How To Make A VST, Audio Unit or AAX Plug-In, In 20 Minutes!

Have you ever wondered how you could create your own audio or MIDI plug-ins, without headaches, deep knowledge of C, C++, compilers and linker errors? Ilya Orlov (also known as “Letimix”), developer and creator of fantastic tools for Plug’n Script, …  Read More 

Tip - The Problem With Headphones And How To Fix It!

The Problem With Headphones And How To Fix It!

All audio professionals and musicians know it: listening to music on headphones sounds unnatural and causes ear fatigue, whereas the same experience with speakers or when listening to instruments directly in a room does not have the same problems. Why? …  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 - Detailed Axiom Walkthrough And Review

Detailed Axiom Walkthrough And Review

If you’ve ever wondered what is possible to achieve with Axiom, do check out this brilliant video from BenoniStudio. The video is close to an hour long and we think Brian manages to cover every single parameter in the plug-in …  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 - Tweaking Guitar & Bass Presets For Live Gigs

Tweaking Guitar & Bass Presets For Live Gigs

From the very beginning, Blue Cat’s Axiom was designed to let you use the same guitar tones in the studio and on stage. In a live situation, you can control Axiom with any MIDI compatible controller, to change some of …  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 - Mac OS 10.15 Catalina Status Update

Mac OS 10.15 Catalina Status Update

So Mac OS 10.15 Catalina is finally here! We would like to share with you a quick status update following up our survival guide for Mac OS Catalina. We still do not recommend to update for the moment, of course, …  Read More 

Tip - Mac OS 10.15 Catalina Survival Guide

Mac OS 10.15 Catalina Survival Guide

Apple’s new Mac OS 10.15 Catalina is likely to hit the App Store this week. Here are a few tips on how to survive this new system… Should You Upgrade? Well, of course not! Every year, new Mac OS releases …  Read More 

Tip - How To Create AAX Plug-Ins For Pro Tools And Media Composer

How To Create AAX Plug-Ins For Pro Tools And Media Composer

With Plug’n Script 3.2 you can now export your audio and MIDI plug-in creations as AAX plug-ins that can be loaded directly into AVID’s Pro Tools or Media Composer on both Mac OS and Windows. In this tutorial we will …  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 - “Save As User Default” Magic

“Save As User Default” Magic

Today, let’s have a look at the hidden features inside the “Save As User Default” command from our plug-ins’ preset menu: it actually does more than just saving default preset settings! The Basics The idea of this command is to …  Read More 

Tip - Can you make an electric guitar truly sound like an acoustic?

Can you make an electric guitar truly sound like an acoustic?

Have you ever dreamed playing your electric guitar with a genuine acoustic guitar sound like this? In this tutorial we are going to create an monster acoustic guitar simulation preset using a simple coil neck pickup as input and 2 …  Read More 

Tip - How to Transform a Stratocaster Into a Hollow Body Jazz Guitar

How to Transform a Stratocaster Into a Hollow Body Jazz Guitar

Let’s do some real magic today with the brand new Re-Guitar plugin: in this tutorial we are going to learn how to turn a single coil sound (typical strat neck pickup) into a hollow body jazz guitar sound, without modifying …  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 - Improve Stereo Image With Delays

Improve Stereo Image With Delays

Delays are omnipresent in our modern productions, and while the basic purpose of a delay is to repeat signals, you can get some interesting stereo image effects using different L & R repetitions. Here’s a very simple tip on how …  Read More 

Tip - How to Load and Use Custom Impulse Responses in Axiom & Destructor

How to Load and Use Custom Impulse Responses in Axiom & Destructor

Now that we can load custom IR’s inside Blue Cat’s Axiom (Amp + internal EQ), we thought it was a good idea to write a short tutorial on how to load and use/tweak IR’s inside Blue Cat Audio software. You …  Read More 

Tip - How To Drag And Drop Plug-Ins With PatchWork 2.3

How To Drag And Drop Plug-Ins With PatchWork 2.3

Blue Cat’s PatchWork 2.3 is here, with drag and drop support for plug-ins. Let’s see how to use this new feature to streamline your workflow! >discuss this topic in the forum Read More 

Tip - 8 Tips To Get The Best Guitar Tone With Plug-Ins

8 Tips To Get The Best Guitar Tone With Plug-Ins

We live in a world with many guitarists, tons of tools and a lot of options to record our beloved guitars. Yet I feel we spend more time practicing than tweaking our sounds, while the tone is actually as important …  Read More 

Tip - Integrated Plug-Ins Control With Blue Cat’s Axiom

Integrated Plug-Ins Control With Blue Cat’s Axiom

If you need to access effects parameters quickly with Blue Cat’s Axiom, you don’t need to launch the plug-in editor every time: you can control the plug-ins that are loaded in the pre and post amp sections directly from the …  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 - Browsing Late Replies Presets & Using Locks

Browsing Late Replies Presets & Using Locks

In this tutorial, you will learn how to get the best of Blue Cat’s Late Replies factory presets, with its multiple types of sub-presets for each section and the lock icons for base delay, GUI settings and ducking. >discuss this …  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 - Late Replies – Managing Delay Time & Working With The Grid

Late Replies – Managing Delay Time & Working With The Grid

Blue Cat’s Late Replies offers a flexible approach to manage the delay time across its multi-tap section and feedback loops. In this video Eli Krantzberg explains the base delay settings, and tells you how to use (or not to use) …  Read More 

Tip - Blue Cat’s Late Replies Creative Delay Walkthrough Video

Blue Cat’s Late Replies Creative Delay Walkthrough Video

Got your copy of Blue Cat’s Late Replies? Not sure how to get started? Haven’t tried the plug-in yet and wondering why you would need yet another delay plug-in? Don’t worry: here is a video that walks you through the …  Read More 

Tip - Destructor In the Studio – Part 4: Overdrive!

Destructor In the Studio – Part 4: Overdrive!

For the last episode of “Destructor In the Studio”, we’ll get into overdrive! Listen to guitars being recorded thru the “Highway To Rock Preset”, and see how the “US Metal Legends” preset is tweaked to get a screaming lead sound …  Read More 

Tip - Destructor In the Studio – Part 3

Destructor In the Studio – Part 3

Eli is back in the studio with Blue Cat’s Destructor, adding this time some more dirt to blend together two guitar parts, recorded “straight into the box”. >discuss this topic in the forum Read More 

Tip - Destructor In the Studio – Part 2

Destructor In the Studio – Part 2

It’s time for a new episode! After exploring clean sounds last week, Eli is now adding some crunch to guitar parts to get them sit in the mix. Not familiar with Blue Cat’s Destructor distortion and amp simulation plug-in  yet? Download the …  Read More 

Tip - Destructor In the Studio – Part 1

Destructor In the Studio – Part 1

We are glad to unleash the first episode of a video series about Blue Cat’s Destructor in the studio: Eli Krantzberg will show you how he uses Destructor to record and mix guitar parts for a TV underscore cue he is working on. …  Read More 

Tip - Guitar Tone Matching With Blue Cat’s Destructor – EVH

Guitar Tone Matching With Blue Cat’s Destructor – EVH

There are many ways to match the tone of your favorite guitar players with your own gear. Here is Hans Van Even‘s method, using Blue Cat’s Destructor to mimic Eddie Van Halen’s famous guitar tone, also known as the “brown sound”. Watch …  Read More 

Tip - Transfering Blue Cat Audio Plug-Ins to a New Windows PC

Transfering Blue Cat Audio Plug-Ins to a New Windows PC

If you are using multiple machines or if you want to transfer your plug-ins quickly to a new PC without having to register your all your Blue Cat Audio plug-ins again and setup your preferences, here is the solution. Note: …  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 - Dynamic & Side Chain Distortion

Dynamic & Side Chain Distortion

In the following tutorial, producer Joshua Casper shows Blue Cat’s Destructor exclusive shape dynamics settings and explores the side chain capabilities of the plug-in. Yes, you can do side chain distortion! And this video will tell you how! Enjoy! >discuss this …  Read More 

Tip - In-Depth FREE Destructor Tutorial, and more!

In-Depth FREE Destructor Tutorial, and more!

Our partners at Groove3 have released an awesome in-depth tutorial for Blue Cat’s Destructor: all features of the plug-in are covered, from the straightforward easy-mode to the most advanced side chain distortion capabilities. This tutorial is definitely recommended if you want …  Read More 

Tip - Blue Cat’s Destructor for Electronic Music

Blue Cat’s Destructor for Electronic Music

To follow up on the dark side of the Destructor, we are glad to interview today Sink, who was part of the beta testing team for Blue Cat’s Destructor and also created many factory presets for the plug-in. Let’s forget about …  Read More 

Tip - MIDI Connectivity and Side Chaining

MIDI Connectivity and Side Chaining

Did you know that all our plug-ins can be connected together via MIDI (or automation)? This tutorials demonstrates these capabilities to perform side chain compression on the lower part of the signal of the target track, using Blue Cat’s Dynamics and …  Read More 

Tip - Windows: Are Your Plug-Ins Infected by A Virus?

Windows: Are Your Plug-Ins Infected by A Virus?

This is the kind of scary message that will usually prevent you from installing downloaded software, isn’t it? So What? Unfortunately (or fortunately?), such messages from Windows 10 or your anti virus software have most of the time nothing to …  Read More 

Tip - Free Plug-Ins for Commercial Use?

Free Plug-Ins for Commercial Use?

We are often asked this question: “May I use your free plug-ins for my commercial audio project?”. So we thought it was worth clarifying: the answer is YES, do use them! These plug-ins are fully free, with no limitation of …  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 - Everything You Need To Know About the MB-7 Mixer

Everything You Need To Know About the MB-7 Mixer

Blue Cat’s’MB-7 Mixer is one of our most feature-rich plug-in: it combines multiband processing, third party plug-ins hosting, mid/side processing, side chain support, MIDI and automation generation, multiple instances  communication and more… That’s quite a lot of power into your …  Read More 

Tip - Setting Up Ceiling Level with Blue Cat’s Protector

Setting Up Ceiling Level with Blue Cat’s Protector

Did you know that Blue Cat’s Protector 0dB brickwall limiter can be used to set a maximum ceiling level? In addition to protecting your ears and monitors, this will also ensure that the chosen peak level is never exceeded. Read More 

Tip - Copy/Paste Settings Between Plug-In Instances

Copy/Paste Settings Between Plug-In Instances

Did you know that you can copy and paste settings between instances of the same Blue Cat Audio Plug-In? Also, did you know that it also work between different DAWs and plug-ins formats? For example you can copy the settings …  Read More