Applying operations to multiple widgets

Applying operations to multiple widgets

In this article you will learn about some new Gig Performer 4.7 workflow improvements to apply different kinds of actions (operations, changing attributes, etc.) to multiple widgets.

1. Map multiple widgets to the same plugin

First off, Gig Performer 4.7 allows you to select multiple widgets and and map them all to the same plugin at one time. Simply select multiple widgets in Edit mode, right click on any of them to open the Widget contextual menu, click on Map to plugin and then select the desired plugin from the list.

Map multiple widgets to plugin

Clicking on the Unmap menu item will clear the plugin mapping for all the selected widgets. To see this feature in action, you can watch this YouTube Short.

Tip: to rapidly assign plugin parameters to widgets, please check out this YouTube video.

2. Operations

The Widget contextual menu also allows you to apply a certain operation to multiple widgets. The supported operations are:

– Show and hide widgets,
– Lock and unlock widgets,
– Set widgets to Ignore variations or update on variations,
– Assignment to a Widget Link group,
– Assignment to a Radio group.

For example, to add four radio buttons to the same Radio group, first select them, then right click on any of them and from the Operations sub-menu click on Radio groups… Enter the group number and then click OK.

Widget operations - assigning to a radio group

To see the Radio groups feature in action, check out this YouTube Short.

3. Paste special

Gig Performer 4.7 allows you to use custom fonts to enhance your panel design and to improve readability in Script editors. Make sure to watch this YouTube video from professional bassist and Chapman stick player Alistair Begg and this live stream to learn more about this great new feature.

This feature created a need to copy attributes from one widget to one or more other widgets — and this is where the Paste special feature comes into place. Let’s say that you changed a font of a label to a custom one (“Elephant” in this example) and you now want to paste this font and its color attributes to another three labels.

First, copy the source widget:

Copy font attributes in Gig Performer

Then select these other three widgets, right click on any of them and select Paste special -> Paste font and color attributes:

Paste font attributes and color to another widget

You can see that these three labels now have the same font and color as the source label widget.

4. Widgets alignment and distribution

This is not a new feature to Gig Performer 4.7, but I’ll mention it for completeness — when you select multiple widgets, you’ll notice that the content of the widget inspector area changes to this:

Widget alignment and distribution options in Gig Performer, best audio plugin host for live performance and session musicians

These options are pretty much self-explanatory and documented in the user manual.

Gig Performer 4.7 was released in August 2023 and brings a host of new features as well as many updates. To check them out, grab your copy from this link.

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Scaling Curves

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.


MIDI File Player Plugin

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.


Favorites and Presets

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.


Probabilistic Sound Designer

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.


More Widgets

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.


MIDI Message Helper

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



Layout management

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.


Undo Support

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


Plugin Channel Count

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.


Input muting and output fading

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.


Faster Plugin Finder

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.



Touch Friendly Input

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.


New Tuner Display

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.