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 Gig Performer by Deskew Technologies is an Audio Plugin Host. It can host VST Plugins, Audio Units Plugins and VST 3 Plugins.
Gig Performer
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Product Gig Performer
Developer Deskew Technologies
Price (MSRP)
Type / Tags Live Performance Plugin HostLive Performance HostModular RackPerformance SoftwarePlug-in Chainer / RackPlugin Host
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Can Host
Can Host
Operating System Availability
Download Released
Downloads Released
System Requirements
Windows 7 (64-bit only) or newer
Downloads Released
System Requirements
OS X 10.9 or newer
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Build and control your live music rig with our new cross platform audio plugin host, Gig Performer, to transform and elevate your live performing experience by gaining complete control over the sound of your instrument or voice. Our innovative approach and focus on usability is paired with an intuitive rack design, called a Rackspace, which transforms your plugins into the most powerful, yet user-friendly live music software system. And our impressive list of cutting edge features table you to control multiple instruments, layer sounds and employ authentic effects... easily, and with little power usage.

Key features:

  • Setlists, songs and song parts - easily reuse your rackspaces.
  • Direct access to parts from MIDI pedal controllers.
  • ChordPro support - display your lyrics and chords.
  • Ableton Link - inter-application synchronization.
  • Enhanced predictive loading.
  • Bidirectional widgets - supports MIDI control surfaces.
  • Audio/MIDI input recorder - capture all incoming audio and MIDI for later processing with your DAW.
  • Visual-based plugin connections - Connect your plugins any way you want without the confusion of channel strips, busses and aux channels.
  • Instant switching - switch from one rackspace (a collection of plugins) to another with no glitching or delays.
  • Patch Persist - Notes from previous rackspace will stay on until you release notes or sustain pedal.
  • Predictive loading - Loads and unloads plugins in the background for other rackspaces while you continue to play, no more running out of memory.
  • Multi-instance support - Run multiple independent gigs on a single computer.
  • OSC support - control Gig Performer from Lemur or TouchOSC, etc. Play your plugins via MaxMSP or Bidule.
  • Audio File Player - Play backing tracks (AIF, WAV, MP3).
  • Lower CPU usage - Gig Performer tries to be very efficient in terms of overall CPU usage.

See here for more features.

Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 5.00 from 8 reviews

Reviewed By tonycore
March 30, 2020

This will definitely sound like an ad, but I paid for the software, I get no compensation from Deskew, and I'll tout it if I want to!;-).

I began using GP a couple years ago on the recommendations of musician Trey Gunn and mastering engineer/electrical engineer Steve Turnidge (he designs circuit boards for Pigtronix, among other things) in Seattle. It was just what I was looking for - a reliable and flexible way of going completely in-the-box without sacrificing any of the quality of my sound (I am a guitarist). But now, with GP, my laptop, MidiGuitar 2, a SoftStep, some expression and switch pedals, a Guitar Wing, and a Sensel Morph (which I am using for the drum pads, also connected to GP), I can cook up any scenario I can think of and be ready as an improvisor to come up with new sounds as well. My regular guitar sounds (which can get pretty wild), guitar synth sounds - using any synth in my VI collection via MidiGuitar 2 - and drum sounds are all handled by GP and all I have to do is draw lines between them to create connections (no thinking about busses & aux tracks) and teach it some MIDI controls. (I've also experimented with using Lemur on an iPad for visual feedback so I can keep the laptop out of the way.).

And, the whole setup fits inside the bag that used to carry my VG-99, while weighing less in entirety than the FC-300 pedalboard I used to carry as well. The developers are very responsive, and there's a great online community who have helped me with questions both simple and obscure. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Tony Geballe.

(full disclosure - I was in the Trey Gunn Band, and Trey now plays in a band with one of the developers - but we didn't discover that connection until after I began using Gig Performer. It came up as an aside while the dev was helping solve a problem on a tech support call that came moments after I posted a question to their support site, and we started talking about musicians in Seattle.).

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Reviewed By MikeDee
March 20, 2020

Having grown frustrated with Mainstage's sluggish performance, I purchased GigPerformer [v1.? at the time...now at 3.6.1] for Mac and was impressed by its responsiveness, as well as its user interface. GP's superior memory management allows me to load a large number of Rackspaces (each of which contains one or more plugins) and select (either separately or as part of a Song) via mouse, external MIDI controller, or iDevice (using OSC)...instant playability; no lag or hiccup. GP is easy to navigate, and its performance is rock solid. Although primarily for live performance, I enjoy using it in the studio: the Rackspaces/Songs I configure for recording can be reused on stage...no problem sounding like the record...same sounds and config.

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Reviewed By Speed12
March 8, 2020

King of live VST hosts - as a long time mainstage user who enjoyed it's flexibility but got increasingly frustrated with annoying bugs and obscurely missing features, when Gig Performer first turned up it was a breath of fresh air as a very powerful and flexible host. Now 3 versions on it is absolutely killer and forms the basis of my live guitar rig. I have absolutely no issues using this for a VST based live guitar rig and have never suffered any issues live. It's simple to set up when simplicity is needed but incredibly flexible and powerful if the user so wants. The absolute key thing is that it allows me to set up my rig how I want to, not how the software developer wants. That is very free-ing to be able to then make music without having to bend yourself to a way that you don't want to work. Some great extensibility with the GP Script functionality is the icing on the cake.

If you are looking for a live VST host - or even if you are currently a Mainstage, Cantabile, or other user currently - I would highly advise you to check out Gig Performed.

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Reviewed By Hermon
March 6, 2020

Imagine that you could create your own rack or pedalboard full of synths & FX,
Imagine that you could add, modify or remove any button, switch, fader in any position and direction,
Imagine that you could control any function or parameter with any MIDI device,
Imagine that you could have hundreds of racks or pedalboards in front of your eyes,
Imagine that you could switch from one to another by one single press,
Imagine that the first one could fade out while you play on the second one,
Imagine so many more things that could actually be done...
Stop dreaming and just do it: switch to Gig Performer.

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Reviewed By schamass
March 6, 2020

For me GigPerformer is the perfect playground and the perfect tool when it comes to playing music - it's not a DAW or a sequencer, it's made for live performance... for playing. I am mainly a keyboard hobbyist and i can barely imagine a better solution of how to use any virtual instruments or effects in exactly that way that i think it shoud be. But i also started to play guitar a while ago and it's just amazing what can be done with virtual amps and effects within this software. Lots of fun for me.

How it works:
On "back side" of a virtual rack, Gig Performer lets you easily place and connect all the plugins with virtual cables (midi and audio), which is very intuitive and easy to do. On the front side of the rack, the panel, you can place all kind of virtual controller elements (widgets), like faders, knobs, buttons... just as many and as big or small you want them to get the best live-control over the plugins.
Those widgets can then be connected to any parameter of the used plugins on the software side, and of course they can also be connected to any MIDI-controller on the hardware side. This means, the hardware controls the widgets and they control the plugin parameters. That way you have only those parameters in sight and under control that you really need - not more, not less.

And if this is not enough, or you might have some ideas or demands that you can't achieve with the widgets and their functions, there is a very powerful scripting language "under the hood" which let's you do things that were natively not possible, and it's not so very difficult to understand.

So Gig Performer is not only very useful for keyboarders, but also for guitar or bass players and singers, it even can be the best friend of the FOH-guy, since there are almost no limits in what and how you can do with this great program together with all the cool virtual instruments and effects on the market. And most important: It runs rock solid and it runs fast.

Since Gigperformer is available for both platforms (Windows and IOS) it is open to a big crowd of musicians, and of course the internal file-format is cross-compatible (if the used plugins are available for both OS too), so users may easily exchange their data and virtual racks.

BTW is their support (and the forum) one of the best i've ever expirienced! Because the developers are not only programmers but also active musicians, they know exactly about the needs of their customers and they always have an open ear for problems, issues and new ideas.
There is a constant improvement of the software that regularly brings new features too.

If you ever thought of trying it... just do it. You have a 14 days trial period.

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Discussion: Active
6 March 2020 at 10:13pm

Seems suspiciously like advertising rather than actual reviews.. .

6 March 2020 at 10:25pm

Everyone who has posted a review here is a user who has PAID for Gig Performer. We asked our users (via our community forums) if they would be willing to share their experiences and several responded at the same time. We are very grateful for their feedback.

In fact, even the high-profile artists who have commented on Gig Performer are people who actually purchased it first. We made a conscious decision a long time ago to not pay people to promote Gig Performer so all user reviews are from people who have put their mouths where their money already was.

If you are not convinced, I invite you to visit our user forums and simply ask your questions there.

7 March 2020 at 8:36am

...what "Uncle Deskew" said.

I am not trying to sell anything, because i won't have any advantage of that.

The review i wrote is just my personal opinion and experience - i really do think that Gig Performer is just a very good software.
(no hidden llamas there;-)).

7 March 2020 at 4:04pm

Mr. Jameson, you know programming and performing, but perhaps are not as savvy as you'd wish KVR-wise, in regard to how even the appearance of shady marketing tactics can doom a nascent plugin developer's reputation. People aren't going to see your explanatory reply first, they're simply going to see five 5-star reviews, all within a short span of time on the same day, and conclude "Welp, that's fake nonsense", and move on with a bad taste in their mouth. You have your own forum.community, fine- but have at least a token forum presence here, if only to re-direct people.

7 March 2020 at 5:21pm

I appreciate your feedback - we can't be experts in everything.

Nevertheless, we asked users if they would share their experiences and they did so. We didn't ask them to delay what they wrote or otherwise try to manipulate the process in any way.

There are always cynics who will come to the wrong conclusion because they can't be bothered to read a little further.

If we delete those reviews or the comments (or repost them each with different dates) then a different group of cynics will decide we did something shady.

If a few people don't do their research and/or conclude erroneously that those reviews were faked, then so I guess we lose a few customers. What happened, happened! I think it's wrong to manipulate it.



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