Virtual Patchbay For Plug-Ins

Blue Cat releases Blue Cat's PatchWork for Mac and Windows      13/11/13
Virtual Patchbay For Plug-Ins

Blue Cat has released Blue Cat's PatchWork, a new plug-in that can be described as a universal plug-ins patchbay. It can host up to 64 VST plug-ins into any Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), in series or parallel.

It is possible to chain effects in series or create up to 8 parallel chains that can be activated independently. This lets you create your favorite effects or instruments configurations within the plug-in, without the need for multiple busses. These configurations can be saved as presets and recalled instantly, or shared with multiple DAWs, using any plug-in format.

Despite the name, you can forget about wires or cables: configuring plug-ins routing is as simple as adding or removing a row or a column in the rack's matrix.

For each plug-in slot, latency compensation, presets management, undo/redo integration, and individual plug-in bypass are included for optimal operation. The plug-in also stores the position of the window for each plug-in so that the layout is restored with your session or saved with presets.

The plug-in is available as an audio effect or a virtual instrument so that it can be inserted on any type of track, with up to 8 audio channels.

Input and output level meters are also included to monitor the signal that is dispatched to inserted plug-ins.

Main Features:

  • Configurable VST plug-ins rack: host up to 64 third party plug-ins or instruments in series or parallel.
  • Available as an effect or virtual instrument.
  • Build your own effects chains: up to 8 "pre" and "post" plug-ins slots to chain plug-ins in series.
  • Parallel processing made easy: up to 8 parallel plug-ins chains.
  • Host up to 8 virtual instruments in parallel and mix them within the plug-in.
  • Global Dry/Wet control ("Mix").
  • Copy and paste plug-ins with their settings between slots.
  • Recall complex processing setups and plug-ins layouts with one click and share them between your DAWs.
  • Input and output levels monitoring.
  • Plug-ins Latency compensation.
  • Integrated undo/redo.
  • Fully configurable user interface, with multiple sizes.


Blue Cat Audio Standards:

  • Available as: Mac-AAX, Mac-AU, Mac-RTAS, Mac-VST, Win-AAX, Win-DX, Win-RTAS, Win-VST, Win x64-AAX, Win x64-DX, Win x64-VST.
  • Native DSP code for optimal performance.
  • Full MIDI control and automation support with silent, zipper-free parameters update, advanced response control and MIDI Learn.
  • No CPU load on idle: when the plug-in is fed with silence, the processing smoothly shuts down, to optimize the CPU usage of your Digital Audio Workstation.
  • Skinnable and customizable user interface with transparency management.
  • Smooth Bypass: activate/deactivate the plug-in with absolutely no noise.
  • Undo/Redo.
  • Full featured integrated presets manager.
  • Copy/paste the plug-in's state between instances using the system clipboard.
  • Any sample rate supported.


Pricing and Availability:

Introductory price of 47 EUR / $63 (normally 59 EUR / $79)

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2 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Koshdukai    Said...

meh... thought it was "Reason-like rack patch wiring" of VSTs virtual fake back panels, done procedurally (obviously) according to their respective ins/outs, although... allowing the original VST devs to provide a "real" back panel, manually drawn would be interesting :)

Still don't get why isn't there something like that, done right, from any "medium/big boys" coupled with spreadsheet/matrix-based editing of those wirings, for those confused by wire-spaghetti.

There's a few attempts though, like Plogue's Bidule but those could so much more than what they are. They nailed the technical aspect of "wiring" but the GUI isn't attractive, "clean" and easy to use like a "true" virtual rack would be.

(you can easily tell I'm a Reason user that also uses VSTs, can't you? ;))

13-Nov-13 05:43 AM

Fred Sanford    Said...

So, can this be used as an audio unit host for effects/instruments that are only available in vst format in a DAW like logic that's audio unit only?

13-Nov-13 09:21 AM

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