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Reviewed By R13 [read all by] on 4th April 2020
Version reviewed: 3.6.1 on Mac
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I purchased Gig Performer in August last year. I am a guitar player and had been previously using Reaper exclusively as my plugin host. Why I started looking at Gig Performer was because I wanted something I could just open and start playing, and that would give me quick access to many different setups (I was also not recording much so it didn't make sense to be using a DAW).

I have used wiring/connection UI's previously, but that was on really outdated free hosts. It really couldn't be simpler in Gig Performer: add some overdrive plugins, your amp sim (S-Gear all the way), and some post FX plugins for reverb and delay, maybe the in-built audio player for a backing track - connect them up - and you're away. If you want to create a different setup, just create a new 'rackspace' (or duplicate your original as a starting point). The other great thing about wiring views is that it is extremely easy to set up parallel FX chains or other more complex setups.

It took me a while to get used to creating 'widgets' on the front/panel view, but for me the benefit of these is the other major drawcard for Gig Performer: 'variations'. These are like presets within a preset - so within your rackspace setup, the widgets you have linked to different plugin parameters can be saved/changed per-variation. So that allows you to have variations created, for example, for 'Clean', 'Crunch', and 'Lead' tones, where the variations will: bypass or activate your overdrive plugins, or switch on the delay, or reduce the reverb mix level, or increase the amp drive and sag of your amp sim etc. These variations can be accessed directly using program change messages from your MIDI controller, or you can move up/down using global MIDI control change messages.

The other really nice feature I've been using is the ability to use the variations to send MIDI messages out to external gear. I wanted to use my analog guitar pedals with my Gig Performer setup, so I bought a midi-controllable pedal switcher. So now my variations for 'Clean', 'Crunch' and 'Lead' can also activate/deactivate my analog pedals.

There's a great setlist/song feature, which allows you to set up setlists and songs that re-use your previously created rackspaces and variations. It also manages audio tail 'spillover' nicely so you don't cut off your reverb or delay when you change rackspaces.

I've also found that Gig Performer is extremely usable with other audio apps. I have been successfully using virtual audio ports to route multiple output channels from Gig Performer to Reaper for recording, or to a looper app. I have also used virtual MIDI ports to send MIDI message from these apps back to Gig Performer to automatically change rackspaces or variations at specific positions on your transport timeline. I've also dipped my toe in using the scripting language to have greater control over Gig Performer than what is available in the standard UI.

In all, it is now my daily-driver and I'm extremely happy with my setup. It can definitely cover all bases from simple to extremely complex workflows. A great app.

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rlared
rlared
6 March 2020 at 10:13pm

Seems suspiciously like advertising rather than actual reviews.. .

deskew
deskew
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.

schamass
schamass
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;-)).

ccDuckett
ccDuckett
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.

deskew
deskew
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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