Gig Performer 1.5 Makes Performing Live with Software Instruments Easier and More Musical than Ever

With Gig Performer Predictive Loading, plug-ins load in the background, so they’re ready the instant you need to play the next song.

“I haven’t encountered a live-oriented host program that combines radical open-endedness with relative ease of use as effectively as Gig Performer does.” – Stephen Fortner, Keyboard Magazine.

With Gig Performer, Deskew Technologies established a powerful and versatile cross-platform host program that enabled keyboardists, guitarists, vocalists, and entire bands to assemble their favorite plug-ins into worry-free onstage rigs. Both virtual instrument and audio processing plug-ins alike could be patched and interconnected in any scheme musicians desired, then controlled via user-built panels that accessed key parameters via customizable “Widgets” such as knobs, faders, and switches. That patching and control panel setup is called a Rackspace. Now, Gig Performer 1.5 ups the ante with even more features that make getting through a live set as stressless as when working with hardware instruments.

Headlining these new features is predictive loading. If loading all the plug-ins for an entire set of music might ask too much of a computer’s CPU and/or RAM, musicians can now pre-load only the plug-ins that will be needed by the next few Rackspaces in a Gig. These load in the background, so they’re ready the instant they are needed to play the next song. Jumping randomly to Rackspaces beyond those that are preloaded might incur a slight delay (for example, if a new plug-in needs to load a large sample library), but with just a little bit of planning, transitions are absolutely seamless.

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