How to record Gig Performer’s outputs via Gig Performer’s Record feature on Windows

How to record Gig Performer’s outputs via Gig Performer’s Record feature on Windows

When you click on the Record button in Gig Performer, it records your input channels; if we tweak things a bit, we can also capture and record Gig Performer’s outputs on the Windows operating system. In this tutorial, we’ll do both; record the “dry” audio signal and the “wet” audio signal at the same time.

We need to set up three things to record Gig Performer’s output:

  1. ASIO4ALL, universal ASIO Driver For WDM Audio,
  2. VB-CABLE, a virtual audio device working as virtual audio cable,
  3. Audio Configuration in Gig Performer.

 

[ 1 ] Install ASIO4ALL

My audio interface is old, but it works great with Gig Performer (I wrote about this here). It comes with a limited, single-client ASIO drivers, with the most basic configuration options. I discovered that ASIO4ALL driver works better with my interface, and it has more features than the official one. Modern audio interfaces come with more developed multi-client audio drivers that allow you to use the same audio device with more than one audio application at a time and with feature-rich ASIO drivers.

I encourage you to experiment with both (your official drivers and ASIO4ALL) and see the results for yourself.

Download ASIO4ALL from here, and run the setup:

ASIO4ALL setup wizard guides you through the installation process

I like to install all features the software provides:

ASIO4ALL v2, Select components and features to install

Click on the Finish button to complete the installation:

Completing the ASIO4ALL 2.14 Setup Wizard

ASIO4ALL developers recommend that Sound Scheme (Control Panel –> Sound –> Sounds tab –> Sound Scheme) should be set to No Sounds.

[ 2 ] Install VB-CABLE Virtual Audio Device

We’ll use Virtual Audio Cable (donation-ware); all audio coming in the CABLE input is simply forwarded to the CABLE output.

Although there’s a version of VB-CABLE for Mac, if you’re on a Mac, you may use the Blackhole virtual audio driver (free) with no additional latency. This is referenced in another article on route audio directly from Gig Performer to DAW on OS X.

Download VB-CABLE from here, unzip the setup and run the 64-bit setup file (VBCABLE_Setup_x64) as administrator (right mouse click on the setup –> Run as Administrator):

VB-Audio Virtual Cable, VB-CABLE, install virtual audio driver

Reboot your operating system and then we’ll proceed to configure our audio plugin host, Gig Performer, to record its outputs using its own Record feature.

[ 3 ] Configure Gig Performer to record its inputs and outputs

Open Audio I/O settings in Gig Performer: 

Gig Performer audio plugin host, Audio I/O settings, ASIO4ALL, record inputs feature

Set the parameter for Audio device type: to ASIO and the Device: to ASIO4ALL v2 then click on the Control panel button: 

ASIO4ALL v2.14 control panel, WDM Device list properties, E-MU 0404 USB, VB-Audio Virtual Cable

Click on the “Wrench” button to open advanced settings; select inputs and outputs channels for your audio interface (E-MU 0404) and VB-Audio Virtual Cable interface (VB-CABLE); turn off the other ones.

Now open the Recording tab to see the results of this configuration:

Gig Performer, audio plugin host, Recording tab, Record input channels

Four input channels are dedicated to E-MU and eight input channels are dedicated to VB-Audio.

Now open the Back view in Gig Performer and insert your favorite plugin (I inserted Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5 VST plugin):

Gig Performer Back View, Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5 VST plugin, record outputs out of Guitar Rig 5

Connect block ports like in the picture above:

  • Audio In, port 1 –> Guitar Rig 5 in, port 1
  • Guitar Rig 5 out, port 1 –> Audio Out, port 1
  • Guitar Rig 5 out, port 2 –> Audio Out, port 2
  • Guitar Rig 5 out, port 1 –> Audio Out, port 5
  • Guitar Rig 5 out, port 2 –> Audio Out, port 6

Why do we connect Audio Out ports 5 and 6? Note that Audio Out contains 12 ports (or pins); the first 4 are reserved for E-MU, and the remaining 8 ports for VB-CABLE, so Audio Out Ports 5 and 6 match VB-CABLE’s ports 1 and 2.

To read more about these input and output ports in blocks, click here.

We’re ready to record Gig Performer’s outputs via Gig Performer’s Record feature. Click on the Record button: 

Gig Performer Recording Options, Record button, Select input channels to start recording

Select the input channels you want to record.

OK, I’m going to play a random riff on my guitar and record only the first (E-MU 0404 | USB 1) and fifth (VB-Audio Point 1) input channels. Don’t let the term “input channel” confuse you – since VB-Audio is a virtual device, the output of the Guitar Rig VST plugin will be recorded.

Here’s the recorded output of E-MU:

Here’s the recorded output of VB-Audio channel:

Enjoy Gig Performer, your favorite audio plugin host!

Nemanja Pudar

 



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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

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