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The normal way to use Gig Performer™ is to create rackspaces each of which contains a collection of plugins connected together as desired. A rackspace might contain everything needed for a single song or you might use several rackspaces during a single song, switching from...

When you normally configure OSC settings so that Gig Performer can communicate with your control surface such as Lemur or TouchOSC running on your iPad, you will generally specify the IP address of your iPad in Gig Performer's OSC configuration. Here's an example where 192.168.0.31 represents...

We are very excited about a new feature introduced in Gig Performer 1.5. It's something we've wanted from the very beginning and it's something that we believe many people will really find incredibly useful. Normally, Gig Performer preloads all rackspaces, which means that all plugins that will...

Gig Performer has a sophisticated OSC implementation that can be used for a variety of purposes, one of which is to allow bidirectional control with an iPad running a control surface such as Lemur or TouchOSC (Using Touch OSC with Gig Performer). To help you get...

When it comes to selecting plugins, there is a myriad of choices and decisions to make. Everyone has their favorites and everyone is trying to find the right combination of plugins to create that great sound on stage. If you are a guitar player or a singer,  you will be leaning more towards the effect plugins.  If you are a keyboard player then you are likely to pay more attention to instrument plugins.

A great write-up of what a pro player is using these days comes from our own David Jameson. Read his “Go-to plugin list” here /my-go-to-plugin-list

Easily combining, inserting and tweaking those plugins is essential for any serious musician. That’s why a great host application (hint: Gig Performer😀) is a must. Otherwise  you might very well try a plugin and a few of its presets but then give up on it before you explore all the cool options it might offer.

When it comes to pricing, usually you get what you pay for. Creating a great sampler plugin for example takes a lot of development and studio time, using great instruments and great players to capture a particular instrument faithfully. Then some serious development time to actually allow players to play those samples back properly. Having said that, there are some hidden gems that are absolutely free! Typically they are used as promotional tools for other commercial plugins made by the same company.

Anyway, you can never have enough plugins – right?

Most of the plugins listed here will have an installer so all you have to do is install them and restart Gig Performer. Some, however, come only as compressed files so you will have to manually drag the files to the appropriate folders. These will usually have instructions within the archive.

Without further ado - here is my go-to list for some of those free VST and Audio Unit plugins.

As a performing musician touring with several bands including The Security Project and Beyond The Wall, there are certain plugins I can't do without on tour and I thought I'd mention some of them here in case anyone is interested. Note that I have no relationship...