Gig Performer is used by professional and well-known musicians all over the World

Gig Performer is used by professional and well-known musicians all over the World

Many music professionals worldwide rely on Gig Performer as their audio plugin host of choice for live performance. In this article, we have compiled a comprehensive list of musicians, audio engineers, producers, and composers known to be using Gig Performer and have added references for further reading.

Gig Performer founders and creators David Jameson and Nebojsa Djogo

Gig Performer creators: David Jameson and Nebojsa Djogo

Andy Burton (keyboardist, vocalist and composer) Andy has toured with John Mayer, Ian Hunter, Rufus Wainwright, Cyndi Lauper, and most recently with Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul. In this article, Andy emphasizes that ease of use is critical in his fast-paced world, and Gig Performer fits there perfectly. When he’s rehearsing or at soundcheck, he doesn’t have any time to tweak, so all his sounds in Gig Performer are programmed beforehand, and they just show up and sound right – exactly what he needs.

Ashley Moore (guitar player, vocalist and producer) Ashley has collaborated with many artists including Michael Bemesderfer, Gerald Dowd, Nick Fynn, and many others. She has built her setup around Gig Performer, designing her rackspaces to have all of the controls she might want linked to widgets, which she controls from expression pedals. Learn more here about her setup. 

Blue Weaver (keyboardist, producer) Here is a long list of the projects, artists and groups with who Blue has worked (Bee Gees, Strawbs, Alannah Myles, Barbra Streisand, Duran Duran, Lou Reed, Michael Kamen, Neil Young, Pet Shop Boys, and many others). Deskew Technologies’ Gig Performer enabled Blue to do the last three Massachusetts tours with a rig consisting only of a Yamaha CP4 Stage Digital Piano, a Korg nanoPad2, and a Mac mini running Gig Performer, which hosted, controlled, and mixed all his virtual instruments (learn more about his setup here). He especially praised Gig Performer’s “patch cord” connection system as the key to assembling his system quickly, and then Gig Performer’s reliability, low CPU usage and easiness to understand what’s going on in the setup. 

Bob Luna (keyboardist, composer/arranger and producer) Bob has lent his many talents to Dionne Warwick, Paul McCartney, Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, Deniece Williams, Smokey Robinson, Alanis Morissette, Paul Simon, Bobby Kimball (Toto), films, commercials, and more. He was impressed with the new Songs and Setlists feature in Gig Performer 3, and described Gig Performer as a godsend. Read more here about his experience with Gig Performer.

Chris Broderick (guitarist in Act of Defiance and In Flames) Chris is a versatile musician well known for playing in Megadeth, and Jag Panzer, but also as a touring guitarist in Nevermore. In an interview at Plugin Alliance he stated that it was effortless to assemble any type of sound with routing in Gig Performer. It opened a new realm of creative sound-making because the interface worked seamlessly with the plugins. 

Daniel Mackey (wind instrument player) Daniel played with many bands, large and small, in various venue settings; significant musical highlights have included performing with the Temptations, Four Tops, and Bobby Vinton. Gig Performer’s ability to manage the demands of all those virtual instruments was crucial to Daniel. “With the hardware host I used before, I could do two instruments at the same time, but if I added a third, the processor would overload. Now, I can access the sounds I want and change them quickly on the fly, and Gig Performer stays very stable and processor-friendly,” he reported in this interview. He praised Gig Performer’s stability, when it comes to intensive CPU use, as some of the SWAM strings was pretty processor-intensive, but still not exceeded 20 percent of CPU load. 

Darryl Hebert (keyboardist) Darryl collaborated with Stonebolt, Prism, The Rhythm Method, and Matlen Starsley Band. Hebert’s studio is filled with keyboards dating from 1955 forward, but the only way he can keep up with the range of sounds he needs is to utilize lots of virtual instruments running in Gig Performer audio plug-in host (as can be seen in this article). As a gigging musician, he’s especially well-pleased that Gig Performer had shrunk his setup, making it easier to haul around between performances.  He also praised Gig Performer for great CPU efficiency, stating he had never seen CPU usage meter went over 40 percent, although he runs 12 hefty and CPU intensive plug-ins at the same time.

David Jameson (co-founder of Deskew, LLC, Ph.D. in computer science, and keyboard player in The Security Project, Beyond the Wall, and Reelin’ in the Years) Gig Performer represents the intersection of David’s dual worlds of music and computer science. In Gig Performer, David uses separate rackspaces (a complete configuration with all instruments, processors, and connections) for each song and rackspace variations (sets of parameter values for a rackspace) for changes within a song. Read more about him and his setup here; in this blog article he explains how he uses Gig Performer on tour with The Security Project, and in this one he explains in more detail why he and his business partner, Nebojsa Djogo, created Gig Performer to be more effective on stage. 

Greg Nelson (music producer and composer) Greg has produced recordings for artists such as Sandi Patty, Steve Green, Larnelle Harris, Twila Paris, Michael Crawford, and Richard Smallwood (a comprehensive credits list can be found at AllMusic). He was instantly impressed with Gig Performer, and saw many advantages in transitioning his keyboard rig over to the plugin host, which he described in his guest blog article here.

Jeff Gastineau (guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist and producer) Jeff performed on guitars, keyboards, and vocals as a member of several extremely successful regional groups including Scram, Money, Glass Hammer, and The Press. Jeff has been active in studios for over 25 years and has produced and engineered for various artists including Royal Crescent Mob, Gastineau & Harriman, Eurogression, JB Bruck, and many more. Jeff especially praises Gig Performer’s CPU usage compared to other audio plugin hosts. For example, at SVCOnline he stated Gig Performer was “infinitely better” – in fact, 75 percent better performance than with other plugin hosts.

Jens Skwirblies (keyboard player in Lake, and The Magic of Santana) Having played with musicians such as Joe Cocker, Rod Stewart, Bobby Kimball, Ian Cussick and many more, Jens’ credentials are indeed impressive. Read more at RavePubs on how his life changed with Gig Performer.

Jim Erwin (Keyboard, Guitar, Vox in The Suburbans) Jim plays multiple instruments in many styles and genres with his band. He wrote a guest article on Gig Performer’s blog, giving advice on the best practices for deploying VST plugins on the Windows operating system.

Jim Meyer (Chapman Stick player in Sticks and Tones) As can be seen in Gig Performer’s blog, Jim was amazed by the portability and incredible versatility of his simple setup built around Gig Performer. 

Lukas Ruschitzka (keyboardist and composer) Lukas toured with Leona Berlin, performed hip-hop beats live in Jazzrow, rattled off jazz fusion riffs with the Julian Camargo Band, and a multitude of other projects. He praised Gig Performer’s clear signal flow, even with very complex routings. Read more here

Michael Whalen (composer and music supervisor) Michael is a two-time Emmy® award winner, BMI award winner and Grammy-nominated composer and music supervisor. A veteran of more than 800 TV and film scores, thousands of commercials and numerous TV themes and video games, Michael is also a world-renown recording artist and producer with 32 solo and soundtrack recordings to his credit. In his interview, he reported he loved Gig Performer for giving him a lot of shortcuts for things that took him months to do in the studio, so that he had them instantly available live. He boasted he never had any negative experience with Gig Performing, such as locking or crashing, and it allowed him to fully respond to music (which he couldn’t say for other similar applications he used onstage!). Simply put, Gig Performer has been revolutionary for Michael Whalen’s music.

Michael Whittaker (keyboard player and composer) Michael’s experience in many styles has allowed him to work with many notable artists including Lionel Richie, Jimmy Kimmel Live house band, Paulina Rubio, Wayman Tisdale, 98 Degrees, Cake, Boyd Tinsley (from the Dave Mathews Band), Brenda Russell, and many others. In this interview, Michael reported that he was immediately delighted with Gig Performer when he discovered it, and pleasantly surprised at how efficient it was. He was able to run advanced setups successfully that would crash the computer with other audio plugin host software.

Myron McKinley (keyboardist in Earth Wind & Fire) Myron is also a pianist, producer, songwriter, programmer, and film score composer for large box office films and television shows. Known for his contagious energy that captivates the audience in amazement, Myron has a long list of working with the best in the industry. Currently as the music director and keyboardist for Earth Wind & Fire, Myron has been on tour with the late Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan and many others. See Myron in action here, demonstrating his skills with Gig Performer.

Nebojsa Djogo (co-founder of Deskew, LLC, Gig Performer developer and guitarist in Bura Band and Bridges) Nebojsa and his Deskew Technologies partner and fellow performing musician David Jameson developed Gig Performer to meet the demands of their own musical pursuits.​​ Read here how differences in Nebojsa’s and David’s approach and views resulted in the creation of this superb software product.

Paul Patto (musician, producer) Producing under the moniker “Bluewolf”, Paul has been racking up credits ranging from urban dance music and Christian artist Rahn Anthoni, R&B pioneer and Motown alumnus Sidney Barnes, to bassist and film composer Sean O’Bryan Smith and doo-wop legends The Dells. His new band is La La Land. According to RecordingMag, Paul developed “wild enthusiasm” for Gig Performer, enabling him to perform live, which, due to some disabilities, he could not otherwise do. Read more here.

Robert Frazza (audio engineer) Robert’s live sound engineering client list is impressive, ranging from Average White Band and Adrian Belew to Warren Zevon and Youssou N’Dour. He also worked with artists from the King Crimson and Peter Gabriel musical families (including Tony Levin, Bill Bruford, and Jerry Marotta) and is involved with many bands such as Stick Men, Three of a Perfect Pair Camp and Security Project. He is also the FOH engineer at Bearsville Theater. Here are references from AllMusic and MixOnline.

Stuart Tilsley (keyboardist in Magic Carpet Ride) This gigging musician explained in his interview how he created amazing sound despite financial pressure. Read more about his setup with Gig Performer, and how Gig Performer behaves on an average laptop running the Windows operating system (if you’re still wondering how low can you get, refer to this article, and see the specs and the results). 

Thaddäus Weindl (keyboardist in Sugar Daddy and Beyond-a-tribute, ex Brown Sugar) A programmer himself, Thaddäus dived deep into Gig Performer, utilizing its GPScript language and constructing huge plug-in networks. Learn more about his setup with Gig Performer at the Gig Performer’s Press section.

Tony Geballe (composer, guitarist, in Zero Times Everything) As a theatrical sound designer, producer, teacher, and mixer Tony is as versatile as he is accomplished. Read his biography here. Running Gig Performer, on a MacBook Pro laptop, Tony finds this plugin host to be more powerful and versatile than other systems he’s tried. He saves his highest praise for Gig Performer’s stability, a top priority in live performance situations. Read more about his experience here.

Trey Gunn (touch guitarist, in King Crimson, Security Project) Trey has performed and recorded with a number of other musicians: Tool, Puscifer, Robert Fripp, Sean Malone and Gordian Knot, David Sylvian, Vernon Reid, John Paul Jones, Eric Johnson, Azam Ali, Matt Chamberlain, Michael Brook, Bill Rieflin, David Hykes, and many more. He has released a number of solo albums, as Trey Gunn and as the leader of The Trey Gunn Band. See his homepage for more info. In this Youtube video, he explains how he uses Gig Performer and how his setup looks. He praises advanced routing options that can be easily managed, as opposed to legacy pedal and rig configurations. Watch also this extended clip to see Gig Performer’s back view in more detail. 

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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.


GP Script Enhancements

GP Script adds new language improvements such as multiple initialization sections, initialization with declarations and enhanced callbacks. The WidgetValueChanged callback now supports multiple widgets. Sysex messages are now built-in with numerous supporting functions. String array handling is much faster. Integer bit manipulation is now built-in. A new global GigScript allows incoming MIDI messages to be modified and redirected on the fly. It also allows you to define keyboard macros for your computer keyboard to control Gig Performer itself. For complete information, please review the GP Script Language Manual available through the Help menu.



Scriptlets make creating custom MIDI processors easy. You don't have to be a programmer to use them - you can just download scriptlets from our ever-growing collection on our website and drop them right into your rackspaces to use them. Use scriptlets for simple operations such as turning your single notes into chords, modifying, duplicating or converting one kind of message into another, automatic chord latching (AutoSustain), threshold detection, sysex manipulation... imagination is the limit.


Other Improvements

  • System Actions plugin
  • MIDI Out to OSC converter
  • Comment plugin
  • New GUI dialog to define MIDI events to send on song part change
  • MIDI Out blocks can automatically send multiple MIDI events
  • Open/close a plugin editor from a widget
  • Choose default startup view
  • Quick find for plugin parameters
  • Large collection of startup hints
  • OSC Patchbay mode
  • Plugins now default to stereo I/O
  • Dragging presets into the wiring view will automatically create the required plugin
  • Numerous other minor (but nice) usability and workflow enhancements

Numerous other enhancements and optimizations serve to make Gig Performer 4 a superb platform for performing artists.


Songs and Setlists

You can organize your rackspaces into songs and your songs into setlists and then just select the setlist you need for a show. Then simply cycle down through the parts, or use your control surface or a MIDI Guitar pedal controller to select individual parts directly.


Predictive Loading

Predictive Loading™ is an advanced feature that reduces your RAM and CPU resources by only loading rackspaces (or songs) as needed.



The Global Rackspace

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.



Zoomable Wiring View

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.