Blue Cat's Axiom & Destructor 1.6 Released!

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KVRAF
4695 posts since 8 Sep, 2004 from Paris (France)

Post Mon Jun 28, 2021 11:54 pm

Heads up!

Axiom 1.6 and Destructor 1.6 have just been released, with tons of new features and improvements (see the full change lists below)!
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KVRAF

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4695 posts since 8 Sep, 2004 from Paris (France)

Post Tue Jun 29, 2021 12:01 am

What's new for both Destructor and Axiom 1.6:
- Improved Tone Maps mavigation, with updated user interface (for amp simulation and 9 built-in effects).
- Added MIDI control support (MIDI CC messages) for Next and Previous Preset commands, with MIDI learn.
- Improved MIDI & automation control settings with lock, reset and "save as global setting" capabilities.
- Preset files can now be dropped onto the preset LCD area to be loaded.
- Level meters, spectrum analyzers and tuner stop processing when the user interface is closed, reducing CPU usage.
- Multiple DSP performance improvements.
- Reduced the number of threads used by the plug-ins.
- Improved global and preset settings window loading time on Windows.
- Reduced time to load Axiom, Destructor or any built-in plug-in.
- Full unicode support.
- Native Apple Silicon (M1 processor) support.
- Dropped 32-bit support on Mac.
- Now requires MacOS 10.9 and newer.
- Fixed VST3 (and sometimes VST) version freezing Ableton Live upon save on Windows.

What's new in Axiom 1.6:
- Up to 5 times more processing power with the new multicore engine that processes each channel and each tool on a separate core.
- Multicore engine also available for the built-in Late Replies plug-in (Pattern module).
- Includes Destructor 1.6 and Late Replies 1.5.
- Updated all 460 factory presets with appropriate drive range for all simulated amps.
- New built-in looper plug-in (in the "Utils" category).
- New built-in distortion and dynamics pedals based on Destructor with new pedal GUI.
- New built-in delay models based on Late Replies 1.5 with new "EZ mode" GUI.
- New DSP workload meter that displays the DSP activity and CPU load.
- Tap Tempo with MIDI CC to set BPM in the application with a footswitch.
- Lock effects bypass switches to match the state of MIDI foot controllers when changing presets.
- Improved buffer management in standalone application on Mac, reducing both latency and CPU usage.
- reverted default preset to empty preset to improv performance upon load (the preset is still available as "Default Clean")
- Added ability to select the plug-in to load when a shell plug-in file is dragged and dropped onto a slot.
- Fixed standalone app not always asking for Microphone access on most recent MacOS systems.
- Fixed host loop end value not properly passed to hosted plug-ins, for the VST2 version.
- Fixed several crashes upon load for multiple third party plug-ins (mostly VST3).
- Fixed display issues with Waves plug-ins V12 in Mac standalone application.
- Fixed MIDI control for hosted plug-ins not always working when fed with silence.
- Fixed harmonizer and Pitch Shifter built-in plug-ins that did not always flush their buffer upon bypass (short sounds could be heard when getting out of bypass)

What's New In Destructor 1.6:
- New "Guitar Pedal" mode: build your own effect pedals with Destructor.
- New drive range parameter to adjust the range of distortion available in a preset.
- Revisited all 707 factory presets and related tone maps, with adjusted drive range and improved tone.
- Added 19 new distortion and compression pedals presets.
- The opacity of the tone map window can now be adjusted.
- Arrow keys can now be used to navigate presets, in the main view or in the presets browser.
- Smoother presets switching.
- Improved smooth plug-in bypass (faster and smoother transition).
- Level meters, spectrum analyzers and tuner stop processing when the user interface is closed, reducing CPU usage.
- Mac: fixed GUI performance issues on native P3 displays and improved performance on other displays.
- Mac: fixed mouse wheel that required large movements to change parameter values.
- Mac: fixed mouse cursor flickering issues.
- Mac: fixed Esc key not closing fine edit parameter dialog.

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KVRAF

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4695 posts since 8 Sep, 2004 from Paris (France)

Post Tue Jun 29, 2021 12:08 am

A few images to illustrate these huge change lists:
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Enjoy! :party:

KVRAF
6634 posts since 28 Apr, 2004 from france

Post Tue Jun 29, 2021 1:32 am

Very nice!
The looper in Axiom is a great addition, thank you!
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KVRAF

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4695 posts since 8 Sep, 2004 from Paris (France)

Post Wed Jun 30, 2021 6:13 am

Have you tried the new tone maps yet?

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The addition of the drive range control in Destructor greatly improved the morphing between clean and dirty presets!

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KVRAF

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4695 posts since 8 Sep, 2004 from Paris (France)

Post Thu Jul 01, 2021 10:40 am

The list of built-in plug-ins has been updated (Axiom now includes around 70 built-in effects and utils).

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Since you can now create your own distortion and compression pedals with Destructor and your own delays with Late Replies, there is actually no limit!! :party:

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KVRAF

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4695 posts since 8 Sep, 2004 from Paris (France)

Post Mon Jul 12, 2021 6:27 am

Check our new blog post: the hidden gems that make Axiom stand out from guitar & bass effect processors. You might learn a few things that will help you get the best out of Axiom!

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