Advanced

Advanced

The advanced options dialog is used to enable some of Gig Performer’s more sophisticated and unique features.

Gig Performer Advanced Dialog Box, Predictive Loading, Multi-instance support

“Multi instance support” allows you to run more than one instance of Gig Performer with each instance being completely independent. If you are a keyboard player, you will normally configure individual rackspaces with all the plugins you need for each song (or song part) and all your keyboards will be connected to those plugins using MIDI In blocks. If you change your sounds a lot from one song to another, this is exactly the right way to do things. But suppose you want to dedicate one of your keyboards, such as an 88-note weighted controller, so that it’s always a grand piano. You could include a grand piano plugin in every rackspace and connect it to theMIDI In block corresponding to that controller. That’s a perfectly fine way to do things. However, you could alternatively create a new Gig Performer instance with just a single rackspace containing the grand piano plugin and the appropriate MIDI In block. Now you don’t have to include the plugin in every single rackspace any more. This can simplify your main design as well.

Another great reason to use multiple instances is if you want to process your vocals separately. You probably only need a couple of rackspaces to manage all your vocal sounds so if those rackspaces live in a separate instance, you don’t have to create them in every single rackspace of your main gig.

Another great reason for multiple instances is to allow different band members to run their own Gig Performer instances on the same computer, assuming you have sufficient CPU and RAM available. Note that with the exception of Audio In/Out, these instances are truly independent. Each musician could have a separate pedalboard to control their individual instances.

Once you enable this option – you will have a new set of Main “File” menu items where you can create, reopen or delete existing instances.


Predictive loading is an advanced Gig Performer feature that allows you to load only the rackspaces that you need in the immediate future (e.g. while playing the current song). Other rackspaces are not loaded and will therefore not consume any memory. You may also see some reduced overall CPU utilization.

This feature is useful if you are experiencing issues with memory.

The “Max loaded rackspaces” option can be adjusted to load more or less rackspaces around your currently selected rackspace. If you select 5 (default) a current rackspace as well as the next two and previous two rackspaces will also be loaded and instantly usable. Optimal use of this feature assumes you will be moving from your current rackspace to rackspaces that are close to it (within two, if 5 is the default range). As you move to a new rackspace, Gig Performer will then load and unload other rackspaces so that there are always 2 available before and after where you are. This happens in the background and does not affect your audio.

Please see our blog article on Predictive Loading for even more details.

Who should use this option?

You should enable this option only if you are having issues with high memory usage and only if your rackspaces are configured in such a way that you never have to “jump” to another rackspace that is farther away that the specified number of loaded rackspaces.

What are the benefits?

The main benefit is you could load many hundreds of rackspaces and still not consume very much RAM or CPU.

What are the drawbacks?

If you use Gig Performer as a set of “sounds” rather than songs so that you are switching constantly between the rackspaces – this option is most likely not for you. While we have tested this feature extensively – it is always possible that there is a plugin out there that does not “like” being loaded/unloaded too often and so may crash. While this highlights a bug in the plugin rather than in Gig Performer, you’re not going to care if you’re on stage when it happens!

It is important that you test this feature extensively using your gig files before using Predictive Loading in a live situation to make sure it is stable for the plugins you want to use.



The Global Rackspace can receive audio from whatever rackspace is currently active. Instead of inserting effects in every rackspace, simply insert them once in the Global Rackspace and all your local rackspaces will have access to them. The Global Rackspace can also send audio to the currently active rackspace. So you can insert a looper that receives audio directly from your guitar (say) and then send the looped audio to different effects in different rackspaces. If a particular instrument such as a piano or organ is needed everywhere (or almost everywhere), put it in the Global Rackspace.

 

Gig Performer 4 provides a virtual view allowing you to spread out your blocks and connections to make them easier to see and manage, even if you have a very small screen. You can zoom in or out and you can use the Auto-Fit option to position your blocks to fit in the available space.

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.

You can load up to 128 MIDI song files in a single plugin instance. Switch from one song to another, mute tracks and/or change their channel numbers. Tempo can be controlled by individual songs or you can use the global tempo and tap tempo to control the BPM interactively.

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.

Select MIDI devices by name. Choose the MIDI message type and adjust the appropriate parameters for the specific type

 

Gig Performer supports arbitrary resizing. Layout your widgets the way you want - resize the main window and the widgets will grow or shrink as necessary to maintain the same interrelationships. No matter what size screen you have, your front panels will still be neat and usable.

If you move your widgets around and/or resize them, or even delete them by mistake, the Undo facility will correct your mistake. Minor moves to a widget by mistake will no longer spoil your design

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.

The tuner view makes it easy for guitarists to quickly check and adjust their tuning. You can toggle into the tuner view from any other view and toggle right back as soon as you're done. All output will be silenced automatically while you're in tuning mode. You can adjust the concert reference pitch from its default of 440 Hz to suit your own needs. The tuner view fills the entire screen so you can easily see it from a distance.