Checksum – how to make sure you have downloaded a valid version of Gig Performer –

Checksum – how to make sure you have downloaded a valid version of Gig Performer –

To ensure that you have not downloaded a corrupt version of Gig Performer, or worse, a version into which malware has been injected, you can verify that your downloaded installer is legitimate by running a command that produces a unique code when applied to the installer file. This code, normally a very long string of characters and numbers is called a checksum.

You can then compare that checksum to the one we publish below (we ran the same command against our installers) to make sure they match. We assume you are familiar with the use of the terminal window (Mac) or the CMD Prompt/Powershell (Windows)

 

Gig Performer 3.8.1 from Deskew Technologies

Mac: SHA512

178aafd9836857cd21c118a272e37be31a232cbeca31f9a4db8dd773c2bf853a6944555146963445756dd67d125c1d4c120752304c11ebeaa8aab3ddddafc488

Windows: SHA512

31904ee3d0eced2bb9032cc3038c6ecd2eb7837093bd0ce5dc14630d4e227700a3781a5d09b1ccfe223b5c555122e27f12f3aa1e906b347367325dd6169ed4ba

 

Gig Performer 3.8 from Deskew Technologies

Mac: SHA512

56cdb3587cc2b35d2bef2a2d6dbdb68a087a558125da903aa92ddebc809ccec297a40e0ed6bf4209d8b8bac1467c8a850611ae939b580cbd6bee7d7ed2882f16

Windows: SHA512

fabdf0733aeeca8414e95290676b020844df03e2bedeeb5ce7e74f0939a263c3b1e691c59c59c08d97902ad2e6870f081a05da8a9f1c4fec8ab5e1d8c3401207

How to view the checksum

To check your own version, follow the instructions below

Mac

  1. Open a terminal window
  2. Navigate to the folder into which you downloaded Gig Performer
  3. Type the command
    shasum -a 512 GigPerformer-3.8.0.dmg
  4. Compare your result with the (sorry) very long number above.
  5. If they match, you can assume that you have a legitimate version of Gig Performer

Windows

  1. Open a command prompt window
  2. Navigate to the folder into which you downloaded Gig Performer
  3. Type the command
    certutil -hashfile GigPerformer3-3.8.0-Setup.exe sha512
  4. Compare your result with the (sorry) very long number above.
  5. If they match, you can assume that you have a legitimate version of Gig Performer


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.

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.