Gig Performer Maintenance: Save, Export and Backup

Gig Performer Maintenance: Save, Export and Backup

In this blog article you will learn how to save and export various elements in Gig Performer, load and import them, and create a backup of your important files and the whole computer.

The term “element” may refer to your panel, rackspace, song, widget curve, rig as well as other items that will be listed below. For more information, make sure to check out useful user manual pages and other blog articles that will be linked by this article.

[ 1 ] What can you save in Gig Performer

We’ll start with Gig Performer’s project files that are called gig files or simply “gigs”. Refer to this page to learn about the basic terminology in Gig Performer.

How to save a gig file

You normally save and open gig files using the corresponding menu items in the File menu or via their respective keyboard shortcuts (see this page to see all keyboard shortcuts). You can save gig files under any folder you want, but for better organization, we recommend that you don’t have them scattered on various places on your disk, and instead have a centralized location, along with meaningful file names and subfolders. That location can be, for example, a subfolder (for example: “Gig Files”) in the default folder where Gig Performer content is located; click Window -> Open Content Folder to open this folder.

Gig Files folder in Gig Performer content folder on Windows

Note: all Gig Performer versions have the same file extension for gig files – “.gig”. (click here to learn about file extensions in Gig Performer) If you recently upgraded from an older version of Gig Performer, we recommend that you backup your gig files created with an earlier version to another location, as saving a gig file with a more recent version of Gig Performer will make it incompatible with older versions of Gig Performer.

How to save the current rackspace only

When you save a gig file, all rackspaces are saved, but there is a feature to save just the current rackspace back into the gig file without saving other possibly changed rackspaces. To do this, click on the Update (save) Rackspace to Gig File menu item from this contextual menu. Important note: make sure to save a gig first for this feature to work. Also note that you cannot add and save new rackspaces this way – the rackspace must already exist and must be saved to the gig file first (you cannot add a new rackspace and then select this menu item to update it because it is not yet in the gig file).

How to save and load panels

In the Panels view Edit mode, you can save and load panels.

Gig Performer panel

Click on this in-depth article to learn about designing your panels or load panels that come bundled in Gig Performer, and on this user manual page to learn how to save and load panels.

How to save and load scaling curves

The scaling curve mechanism in Gig Performer 4 replaced the older linear-only scaling that was available in previous versions of Gig Performer. Scaling curves can be associated with widgets, Note Velocity values of MIDI In blocks, and the Probabilistic Sound Designer where the scaling curves actually represent probabilities. If you have created a specific curve that you want to re-use, like in this community thread:

Scaling curve step generator

… you can easily save the curve and load it when necessary. Click here to learn more.

How to save and load favorites

Gig Performer enables you to select one or more plugin blocks and save that selection as a favorite.

How to save favorite Gig Performer

To learn how to save and insert a favorite, click on this manual page or this YouTube video.

How to save and load presets

Some plugins include predefined presets, most commonly factory presets.

Gig Performer allows you to save your own custom User presets and to load them easily. If the plugin supports older FXP/FXB files, you can import them as well. Click on this link to learn more.

How to save and load the Probabilistic Sound Designer configuration

The Probabilistic Sound Designer is a great feature of Gig Performer that allows you to randomize selected plugin parameters values and generate random but sonically related patches.

LostIn70s Bull Deluxe, Probabilistic Sound Designer

Click on this YouTube video to see this feature in action with Cherry Audio GX80 and click on this link for more information on saving and loading the the desired configuration.

How to save ChordPro files

Gig Performer has ChordPro support. You can easily create your own ChordPro files or find them on the Internet (click here to learn how). Although you can save ChordPro files anywhere you like, if you want to assign a ChordPro file to a song, it must be saved in the so called “root folder”, and the dialog will warn you if you try to save outside of that “root folder”:

Where to save ChordPro Files in VST host Gig Performer

Click here to learn about the root folder and how to save and load a ChordPro file.

How to save and load Gig Performer Scriptlets and scripts

First, check out this comprehensive list of all Scriptlets available in the Gig Performer Community. For example, take a look at the CC and PC Incrementer Scriptlet:

Gig Performer Scriptlet - Parameters and GPScript code

Download this gig file, open it and navigate to the Wiring view. Hold the Shift key down and double click on the Scriptlet to open both the Scriptlets plugin window and its Script editor (click here to learn more about the magic of the Shift key).

To reuse this scriptlet in another gig file you can:
a) Copy the code and paste it into the Script editor of another scriptlet,
b) Save the scriptlet as a favorite and simply insert it where you desire.

Rank13, the author of this scriptlet, also provided a favorite file for this scriptlet (check out the Bonus section) which you can download and simply drag ‘n’ drop it directly onto the Gig Performer window (this technique will be discussed in the next chapter).

You can also save the source code of the script to a file as indicated with the pointer on the screenshot above. You can load the saved script where desired. This applies to all script editors.

[ 2 ] What can you export in Gig Performer

Many elements can be exported in Gig Performer. Some exported files can then be easily dragged onto the Gig Performer’s window and drop them to import them (the “drag ‘n’ drop” technique).

Easily import gig files, rackspaces, songs, favorites or presets using the Drag 'n' Drop technique

The following file types are supported:

– Gig files,
– Rackspace files,
– Song files,
– User plugin presets,
– Favorites.

Simply click on a supported file and while holding down the mouse button, drag the file into the Gig Performer window. Depending on the file type, one of the four screens above will appear.

How to export a rackspace

To export the selected rackspace or all rackspaces in a gig file, click on File -> Export Selected Rackspace… or File -> Export All Rackspaces… respectively. NB: for the Global rackspace, this menu item is called Export Global Rackspace…

Note: an option to export the selected rackspace is also available in this menu.

How to export a song

First make sure that you are in the Setlist view. To export the selected song or all songs in a setlist, click on File -> Selected Song… or File -> Export All Setlist Songs to a Folder… respectively.

Note: these menu items are also available in this menu.

How to export rigs in the Rig Manager

The Rig Manager window (Window -> Rig Manager) allows you to easily export and import your rigs. Click here to learn how. If you haven’t used the Rig Manager before, this video will get you started.

How to export Audio Settings

When you click Options -> Audio Setup, you can find two buttons to export/import audio settings. Click here to learn more.

How to export all Gig Performer options

You can easily export and impot all Gig Performer options by clicking on the Options menu and then on Export All Options… and Import All Options… menu items respectively.

Note: the exported file stores not only all options in the Options screens, but also all global settings including global MIDI assignments, and the entire Rig Manager setup.

How to export list of plugins in the Plugin Manager

The Plugin Manager allows you to copy the selected plugins from the list to the clipboard in CSV format. Afterwards, simply paste the clipboard contents into a (say) spreadsheet application to create a nicely formatted list of validated plugins on your computer.

Copy plugins from the Plugin Manager as CSV and paste them into Excel

Click here to learn more.

[ 3 ] How to create a backup

The best practice is to always create backups of your files and your computer.

This way you have protected your important files from a disk failure, malware issues or accidental deletion or damage. Additionally, unintended automatic operating system updates, plugin updates (or any software update in general) can cause undesired computer behavior and affect your gig.

Therefore, when you are satisfied with your gig file, create or save a copy of it. Indeed, even while you are creating your gig file, you should save copies, perhaps with different numbers, so that you can easily revert back to an earlier version if necessary.

If you have optimized your PC or optimized your Mac for your gigs and feel confident that it’s ready to perform live? Create the full computer backup.

Can I just copy and paste Gig Performer related files to another disk

Yes, you can copy and paste files to your external hard drive or a cloud drive. Besides these Gig Performer file locations documented in the user manual, you should pay attention on several other locations that you may want to back up:
– where you stored your audio and MIDI files, necessary for Audio File Player and the MIDI File Player respectively?
– if you use custom sounds for the Gig Performer Metronome, where are they stored?
– where do you keep your samples?
– keep track of your custom paths, if you changed Gig Performer’s default locations, for example Gig Performer’s Recordings location or the Root folder for storing ChordPro files.

Custom recordings folder and custom ChordPro root folder

NB: My personal practice is to store audio and MIDI files under the root of a system drive, e.g. C:\AudioFiles and C:\MidiFiles (or another drive), so that the path is independent of the user name (e.g. C:\Users\Nemanja\Documents\ …).

How to revert to a different version of your gig and other files

Mac users can use Time Machine. PC users can use File History, for which we have guidelines here.

File History, Previous Versions of gig files in Gig Performer

How to create the complete backup of your computer

Mac users can use either Time Machine or a 3rd party solution, such as CCC (Carbon Copy Copier, mentioned in this blog). Windows Users will use this built-in feature or use a 3rd party solution (one of them is mentioned in of Backstage with Performer episodes).

If you want to migrate your gig files from once platform to another, for example PC –> Mac or vice versa, or you want to use your gig files cross-platform, this blog article will help you with your journey.

If you have any questions or you want to share your feedback, please visit this Community thread.

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Nemanja Pudar

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.