A Message to Plugin Alliance Customers

A Message To Plugin Alliance Customers


We at Deskew Technologies appreciate your continued support and loyalty to Gig Performer, the most advanced VST/AU plugin host for live performers.


As you may know, starting May 31, 2023, Gig Performer® 4 will no longer be part of the Plugin Alliance MEGA Bundle. As noted by Plugin Alliance, active subscribers of the PA MEGA bundle will continue to be able to run the PA Locked edition of Gig Performer 4.


If you are a customer of the PA Locked edition, you may want to consider purchasing a Gig Performer® 4 license from Deskew Technologies, which not only enables you to continue running any VST2/VST3/AU plugins from Plugin Alliance (provided you are actively subscribed to any of their bundles) but also plugins from any other plugin manufacturer. Visit https://gigperformer.com/store.html for more information.


If you own a license to the PA Unlocked edition of Gig Performer, you will be able to use that version for as long as you wish. However, to access features in future Gig Performer updates, PA customers will need to cross-grade to the Deskew version. Click here to see cross-grade pricing.


Some answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Plugin Alliance Customers can be found here.


We understand there may be concerns about paying full price or a significant upgrade fee for Gig Performer 4 from Deskew Technologies. Still, we want to assure you that the value you receive from our software is worth the investment.


Here are some compelling reasons:

      1. Unleash Unparalleled Functionality: By investing in our software at its full price, you gain unrestricted access to new features and updates. This means you can harness the full potential of our solution and run any VST2/VST3/AU plugins from any plugin manufacturer.
      2. Own the Stage®: Since its beginnings in 2015, Gig Performer has established itself as the go-to host software for gigging keyboard players, guitarists, drummers, vocalists—even Front of House engineers—who want to take complete control of their VST instrument and effect plugins during live performance (learn more). We designed our software to keep you on top of your game, allowing you to deliver your best performance.
      3. Guaranteed Support and Updates: Paying the full price ensures we can continue providing you with the best possible product and service. Our dedicated support team is committed to assisting you every step of the way, promptly addressing any queries or concerns you may have. Your investment also allows us to invest in research and development and hire the best talent to enhance our software with new features and improve overall performance.
      4. Long-Term Cost Savings: While the initial investment might seem higher, paying the full price can save you money in the long run. Our software’s robustness and scalability eliminate the need for frequent upgrades or costly add-ons, ensuring a stable, cost-effective solution that delivers consistent value over time. Our low CPU demands also mean you can run our software on a relatively inexpensive Mac Mini or Windows PC, making it accessible to a wider range of users.
      5. Join a Thriving Community: Your investment in our software enables us to support a vibrant community of like-minded music pros. In addition, you gain access to our community forums, training materials, and networking opportunities, allowing you to learn from experts, share insights, and collaborate with other industry leaders.


We take pride in the fact that Gig Performer just plain works, as evidenced by the positive feedback we have received from our users. Our reliable and stable software lets you focus on your performance without worrying about technical issues. This is why professionals and well-known musicians worldwide trust Gig Performer.


We appreciate your consideration and hope you will continue supporting us by investing in our software. Thank you for choosing Deskew Technologies Gig Performer.



The Deskew Technologies Team

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.