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UtilityStand-alone utility / application
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Win Vista or newer
System Requirements
Mac OS 10.7 or newer
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Blue Cat's PatchWork is a universal plug-ins patchbay that can host up to 64 VST or AU plug-ins into any Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) in one instance.

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 (full list below).

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.

Also, sub plug-ins can be automated or controlled with external control surfaces using Blue Cat's PatchWork parameters mapping capabilities.

This product is available as an audio plug-in (effect or a virtual instrument) and standalone application, so that it can used alone or inserted on any type of track in your favorite DAW, 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 or Audio Unit plug-ins rack: host up to 64 third party plug-ins or instruments in series or parallel.

  • Available as an effect, virtual instrument or standalone application.

  • 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, with phase flip, solo and gain controls.

  • Host up to 8 virtual instruments in parallel and mix them within the plug-in.
    Global Dry/Wet control ("Mix").

  • Parameters Mapping: map sub plug-ins parameters to automate them or use a control surface.

  • Flexible MIDI routing: connect sub plug-ins together or with the host application.

  • Flexible Audio routing: connect sub plug-ins i/o to any audio channel.

  • External side chain and multiple outputs support.

  • Link pre and post gains for automatic gain compensation.

  • Cut, 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.

  • Supports VST Shell plug-ins.

  • Integrated undo/redo.

  • Fully customizable user interface, with multiple sizes.

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User Reviews Average user rating of 5.00 from 3 reviews Add A Review

Reviewed By Boy Wonder
May 22nd, 2022

Patchwork comes in handy as a multi-arpeggiator/sequencer host. With it, I'm able to load two or more instances of an arpeggiated synth like, say, GR-8, and set one synth to random 1/16 (high register), the other to random 1/4 (middle) and the third to random 1/1 (low), and viola! - instant complex ambient sequence. Latency compensation comes in handy, too, to prevent things like time shift. Very nice product.

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Reviewed By TechFlow
September 9th, 2018

Great support, numerous updates that actually improve the product rather than fix it. I had some problems to begin with but customer service @Bluecat came through & I'm blown away by the development of this product. I just realized I left a rant on here from years ago & felt the need to put the record straight. Great job Blue Cat.

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Reviewed By mindbeet
November 9th, 2017

I've had this baby for a long time. I've used it as a wrapper in Protools, Logic and Bitwig and lately as a Standalone VST host on my second PC and in live situations. It's the kind of tool that you at first wish you didn't need, that works in the background and that you just set and forget. All these different plugin standards are really annoying and even if this is a solution It's hard to get very excited about it, until now.

The latest version 2.1 is fantastic. Built in effects, metering, undo/redo, M/S, PatchWork within PatchWork!!, scaleable GUI to 200%, lockable GUI and settings between presets. Add to that full MIDI control and that everything, even window states and positions are saved within presets and you've got a winner. The new preset handling especially is what makes this update so exciting.

This has grown into a full fledged creative tool and the core of my setup. Working with several DAWs I can now set it up as a channel strip and move freely between DAWs like never before. It loads every plugin format on Mac and PC, can be loaded as every format and works as Standalone.

From being a bridge between plugin formats Blue Cat has improved on this concept and taken it beyond what I thought it could be. It's stable, easy on the CPU, easy to use and even though it's not perfect I have to give it a 10 just to let you know how incredibly useful it is. There is nothing quite like it at the moment, highly recommended.

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