WELCOME TO GIG PERFORMER®
Own The Stage®
Own The Stage®
Guitarists, keyboard players, vocalists, drummers, wind players — build and control your live music rig with Gig Performer® to transform and elevate your live performing experience by gaining complete control over the sound of your instrument or voice. Our innovative approach and focus on usability is paired with an intuitive rack design, called a Rackspace™, which transforms your plugins into the most powerful, yet user-friendly live music software system. And our impressive list of cutting edge features allow you to control multiple instruments, layer sounds and employ authentic effects… easily, and with little power usage.
Gig Performer 4 adds many new widgets to help you make your front panels even more attractive. New additions include drum pads, a sustain pedal, plastic knobs, colored sliders and a new maleable shape.Learn more...
Improved widget scaling, arbitrary panel colors, transparency make it easier to design your front panels. Replace widgets with other related widgets using drag and drop. More widget customizations and user definable widget value reset.Learn more...
Gigfile templates, System Actions Plugin, MIDI Channel Constrainer Plugin, MIDI In Note Follow, Double-click widget reset, faster start up time, prettier GUI, enhanced Tap Tempo, ...Learn more...
Share your most used effects globally and use them from all your rackspaces. Keep your looper or backing tracks running while you change other sounds on the fly. The Global Rackspace™ can pass audio in both directions. Preprocess all incoming audio before adding local effects. Create instruments that are always available.Learn More...
Gig Performer’s new wiring view lets you layout your plugins neatly regardless of the size of your screen. Use a large virtual view, zoom in or out and scoll horizontally or vertically to position your plugins wherever you need them without squashing them together.Learn More...
Load up to 128 standard MIDI files into the MIDI File Player Plugin. Enable or mute individual tracks. Route different tracks to different plugins for the best possible sound. Use Tap Tempo to control playback speed or let the song control Gig Performer's global BPM.Learn More...
Select multiple interconnected plugins and save as a named favorite for easy reuse. Favorites automatically appear in plugin insertion menus or you can simply drop them into Gig Performer from a folder. Saved plugin presets also appear in popup menus and selecting a preset will automatically insert the required plugin.Learn More...
Gig Performer 4® runs on both OSX (Universal for Intel and Apple Silicon) and MS Windows so you can enjoy its benefits on whichever platform you are most familiar. You’ll also enjoy full OSC support. You can use touch surfaces such as Lemur or TouchOSC to control Gig Performer®, as well as applications such as Max for even more sophisticated control.
Gig Performer® supports VST and VST3 formats on both OSX and MS Windows, as well as the AU (Audio Unit) format on OSX.
Songs let you reuse your rackspaces. For example, a single rackspace™ containing an acoustic piano sound can be reused to cover 10 songs needing piano. Reusing rackspaces greatly reduces load times and memory needs. Guitarists will love that song parts can be accessed directly using a MIDI pedal controller, as well as from a control surface or Gig Performer’s main window.Learn more...
Gig Performer’s Predictive Loading™ feature, which slims resource demands by loading only the next few rackspaces that will be needed, can now be applied at the song level. All parts of a song are loaded into memory when the song is selected for glitchless, instant switching. At the same time, Predictive Loading limits CPU and memory requirements.Learn more...
Control surface support has been strengthened with the addition of bidirectional MIDI control of widgets on Gig Performer rack panels, and the program now allows programming and transmitting sysex (MIDI System Exclusive) messages, commonly used with hardware synthesizers.
We've spent countless hours making sure that Gig Performer uses as few CPU cycles as possible.
Works on OS X and Windows devices. Your GIG files can be opened on both platforms. Supports VST, VST3 and AU plugins
Record all incoming audio inputs easily for later post processing in a DAW. Saved wave files are automatically timestamped - perfect for touring bands. All incoming MIDI data can be saved to a Standard MIDI File, complete with tempo changes.Read more about the recorder...
Switch between your rack spaces - INSTANTLY and GLITCH FREE. Easily create variations of your rackspace™. Switch between variations seamlessly - even while holding notes.
Use your existing MIDI and OSC devices and apps. Map any control to any controllable parameter.
Synchronize Gig Performer's tempo with applications running on other connected computers or tablets.
Gig Performer 3 adds support for the Chord Pro lead sheet format. This allows Chord Pro documents to be created, edited, and linked to songs in a setlist so a chords-and-lyrics chart can be opened when a song is selected
Forget about channel strips, busses, auxes and sends. Just route audio from one plugin to another by connecting them together with wires. Functionality like inserts, sends and side-chaining become trivial.
Associate specific MIDI devices with particular plugins easily and visually. Use transpose, channel mapping, MIDI out settings and more...
No more confusing busses, sends, auxes or inserts used by traditional channel-strip approaches. Using the front and back panel views, simply connect plugins to each other any way you want, then custom-design Panels to control each Rackspace™. You can then design a number of Variations, which allow multiple sets of settings for a single Rackspace™… and switch INSTANTLY between them.
For instance, if you create a Rackspace™ consisting of an electric piano and some effects (phase, reverb, tremolo) then you can switch instantly from fast deep tremolo, to slow mellow tremolo plus reverb, and so on, even while still holding notes. Plus, you can customize your Panels using a variety of available widgets (knobs, switches, levers, LEDs), and colored face plates.
Gig Performer® makes the most of your plugins whether you’re using it to control the effects processing of your instrument, your voice, or both simultaneously. You can also use Gig Performer® with your existing environment, by training it to recognize the controls on your keyboards, OSC apps, MIDI expression pedals and control surfaces, and then use them to control plugin parameters. Of course, you’ll also enjoy expected features such as layering and splitting operations, and individual transposition.
Say goodbye to the confusing busses, sends and inserts of traditional channel-strip approaches. Simply connect plugins to each other any way you want.
Panels make it easy to group and share common collections of controls tied to your physical devices and to plugin parameters in individual rackspaces.
Gig Performer is known for its user-friendly interface and ability to easily manage multiple plugins and effects
Even more than my old DAW, Tracktion 7, Gig Performer is visually/conceptually intuitive, particularly using wire connectors in the racks. And things just plain work, including audio inputs and outputs (like my old Blackbird Onyx Firewire, even in combination with a Focusrite sound card. Low CPU usage means I can use a relatively cheap Mac Mini running High Sierra, which still works with my Mackie Blackbird Onyx Firewire sound board. I had to dumb down the Mini to work with High Sierra, but GP3 worked no matter what.
I have found Gig Performer to be a much more solid, performant product, and I love the ability to patch everything together and see it visually.
GP 3 has allowed me to setup my live rig in a whole new way and it super reliable, thx!
I’m coming from a receptor rig. Since receptor was discontinued, I was looking for a stable software alternative. I briefly looked at mainstage, but gig performer just ticked al the right boxes. I ‘m a keyboard player and an audio engineer. So the flexibility is a big plus. I can built complex chains with al my favorite plug-ins very easily. I also like that everything is controllable trough midi hardware. I do not like to look at a screen during a set. I know Gig Performer is running silently in the background, I have my set loaded in and everything just works.
GP has set us apart from everyone. Imagine 2 guys who are accomplished musicians (I don’t mean to brag), who can play a gig and sound like a 6-piece band with synchronized lighting and video, at a duo price, all due to GP.
I tried a few others too (including Mainstage) but in all honesty, yours was miles ahead of the others. The sheer flexibility and customisation available suited me perfectly and allowed me to map my midi controllers with absolute ease. The quick and hassle free routing of audio and midi signals was also so easy and trouble free. Reliability was also a concern and GP3 has remained rock solid in use, even when switching connected devices off whilst GP3 is still running, it doesn’t completely crash your machine, it just clearly and effortlessly lets you know what’s happened!
I am a organ/keyboard player - so I have midi bass pedals, a piano controller, and a keyboard controller - a lot going on at the same time. Everything works well together and I can just play rather than fuss with the computer.
I tried mainstage and it was complicated. I had a vision for my guitar sound to pass through plugins instead of my pedalboard for live music. Did some research and found Gig Performer. It was works like my pedal board....wires and devices. Truly amazed of the sounds that come out! Thanks for this dream come true!!!
In my experience Gigperformer is much more reliable Mainstage. Playing live music is my full time job and Mainstage has failed on me at gigs a number of times. Gigperformer is much more stable.
I have been keyboardist for over 30 years and it is very obvious that Mainstage is not a professional solution. CPU usage is unacceptable, Mainstage is unstable and unreliable due to CPU problems (even on most powerful computers). Gig Performer does provide the power, the optimal CPU usage, the versatility to allow me for the first time to switch from complex workstation based keyboards to live rigs with a Mac computer.
We tried MainStage and frankly the deeper we got into it the more frightened we became. We simply were not able to build a stable show and when looking for tech support got nowhere. Fast forward to now and the deeper we get into GP the more excited we get frankly. VERY stable and a terrific community for brainstorming. Where MainStage always felt like it was boxing us into a corner we feel like there are multiple options now for anything we try to set up using Gig Performer!
Gig Performer was so easy to get to grips with and I found I had a usable setup within a short time during my first use of the program. I love the way it is customizable and relates to both hardware and software instruments and effects.
GP makes it possible to completely trust the software and its integration with my MIDI-controllers so I can focus on playing in the “here and now”.
I’ve been using GP since March 2020, it’s the only app I’ve used that is stable and versatile
I love the way Gig Performer let me do anything I can imagine.
This program is so crazy useful. It has a huge future as more people discover it. You get huge value in your first 60 seconds using it and it just ramps up from there.
After 13 years with Mainstage and Ableton Live, GigPerformer gives an actual peace of mind when it comes to stability.
Man oh man did you guys get this right!!!!! No more Mainstage for me - best change I've ever made switching over. I was able to create over 100 patches in the space of an afternoon. I won't say how long it took when I first started using Mainstage
GP has absolutely changed how I run my guitar rig and has finally allowed me to run it how I want to rather than how the software wants to.
After more than 20 years of using a PC to run my keyboards on stage, I finally don’t live in fear of the next patch or song change.
Yay finally someone with brains developed the vst host from heaven I purchased Gig Performer and OMG. This is by far the best live VST host for live work. Thumbs up big time. Look forward to gigging with this beasty vst host from heaven. Yay.
It’s actually CHANGED my studio by giving me the ability to have “physical” control of virtual instruments on the fly without the need for the GEAR.
I love it when I get a new instrument or tool to use it gives me a fresh outlook and Gig Performer has done exactly that. I now find I am creating more complex sounds for my stage performances and being confident that they will work. Gig Performer was created for musicians who want reliability and a familiar way to create and recreate their sounds on stage it is not just another way to use your plugins for me it has become another instrument. Thank you Gig Performer you are a Great Performer.
Thank you guys for creating a "Musician's Tool" instead of another Engineering Tool
Very impressed with Gig Performer. It is so intuitive that probably it doesn't need a manual
Gig Performer has liberated my best audio plug-ins from the confines of the studio and finally made it practical to bring multiple instances of them to the performance stage. Simultaneous MIDI processing makes a versatile system. I now have one very compact live setup!
Gig Performer is like a breath of fresh air for laptop performers. Stable, efficient and without all the extra unnecessary features that increase cpu and distract from a smooth playing experience. It’s a lean, mean performing machine and will find a home with many players looking to augment, or completely replace their hardware rigs. P.S. I just made a gig with 50 instances of Uhe Diva in it. Resting cpu = 2%. wow!
Finally, a plugin host that truly addresses the needs of live performers
Gig Performer is a game changer for me. Not only can I create any combination of sounds with this but also perform them live with seamless switching. The only limitation with Gig Performer is your imagination.
Gig Performer is an amazing tool for my unconventional set up. Allowing me to access the full power of my laptops into my system. It is quickly becoming an incredible asset to my live shows.
I was also impressed that it handled midi fx, I wasn't expecting that 🙂
Scaling curves allow you to control the shape of the output of a widget or convert an incoming note velocity to a new velocity. Various predefined curves are available and they can be tweaked as necessary. You can also just draw your own curve as well to achieve the effect you require.
Create a sound by placing and interconnecting your desired plugins, such as a synth, some effects and perhaps a mixer. Select them all and then save the selection as a named favorite. The favorite will subsequently show up in all plugin insert menus, making it easy for you to recreate that configuration whenever you need it again. This feature is also very powerful for creating your needed sounds on your studio computer and then transferring them to your touring laptop.
Parameters you select in an open plugin are captured into the Probabilistic Sound Designer dialog window. When you click Randomize, you're only adjusting those selected parameters. Each entry in the PSD dialog has a curve but unlike widgets where the curve controls scaling, in the PSD the curves are used to define the probability of particular values being selected. Make sure the filter cutoff never gets too slow so as to block all sound. Perhaps adjust the max range of the VCA attack parameter so that the sound doesn't have too much delay. Constrain the octave ranges of the oscillators, perhaps ensuring that 1/3rd of the time we select 8' and 2/3rds of the time we select 4'. The possibilities are endless.
Numerous new widgets are included in Gig Performer - a new sustain pedal, plastic knobs, drum pads and more colored sliders. Shapes can be colored with different borders and fill colors and morphed from rectangular to circular. Your creativity is now the limit to creating fabulous front panels in Gig Performer.
Some plugins support a large number of outputs and they depend on the traditional channel strip to control how many ports should be available. When you only need a stereo pair, it is convenient not to have a large horizontal block. In Gig Performer, the number of available ports is controlled by the channel count override, which can be applied to individual plugins and will be remembered when the gigfile is reloaded or if the plugin is saved as a favorite.
Rather than a single audio length tail, Gig Performer 4 gives you the ability to control input muting and output fading separately. Input muting controls how much time it takes for audio input to be silenced when you leave the rackspace. Output fading controls how much time will be taken for audio to fade out when you leave the rackspace.
Instead of searching through menus of perhaps hundreds of plugins (you know who you are!), the Quick Plugin Finder makes it easy to find the plugin you need by simply typing partial strings. For example, as shown here, to find the Modartt Pianoteq 7 plugins, it's enough to type pia mod 7 (in any order, by the way) to restrict the list of available plugins to those matching your query. The Quick Plugin Finder also knows about manufacturers, presets and favorites.
Any entry field can be changed by either dragging your mouse (or finger) up or down, or by using the large popup touchpad where you can just tap on the squares to enter a value. The large popup keypad also does validation so you can't enter an invalid value. You can also just tap the BPM field to pop up a larger view where you can quickly change tempo, tranpose, trigger Tap Tempo and enable Ableton Link, the last allowing you to synchronize Gig Performer with any other application that also supports Ableton Link.