Skip to main content

Blue Cat releases super cool routing plugin!

You guys see this? Might be great for our power hungry DSP stuff, and more reliable than audio gridder, while being simpler than VEP.

Its pretty much a master/slave type pluginso you can route audio various places. I'm gonna grap it to try out.  I asked them if it would sync two daws up so I can use the sequencer in Reason and record audio in Samplitude while hearing everything synced to the same timeline, like I used to do with rewire.

Even if not, it's still cool to use another computer as an effects processor like for all my auxes, or for an ultra heavy amp sim or vsti.

I love the direction networked audio is heading. It would be great to play guitar out on my porch, while sending it to the daw, with minimal cables. Even wireless with a wireless guitar unit and a screen sharing app on a tablet.

https://www.bluecat…

Comments

audiokid Fri, 01/21/2022 - 00:01

I need to watch this a few times. The process seems very smooth. Man, is digital audio getting awesome. Talk about getting a lot more power to work with!

What got you on this search? Never heard of this before. Thanks for sharing this.

Boswell Fri, 01/21/2022 - 06:56

It does look really good, and probably works very well when running between multiple applications on a single computer. However, the lack of information in the video about how well it performs across a network is telling. It could be that the usual Unix pipe delays give acceptable audio performance on a point-to-point cable, but cause difficulties on a busy network where relatively long delays are common. It's not at all clear whether it has a retry mechanism, or whether it can deal with out-of-sequence packets, and what affect that has on the transmitted audio data.

audiokid Sat, 01/22/2022 - 00:24

 @kmetal I love the direction networked audio is heading. It would be great to play guitar out on my porch, while sending it to the daw, with minimal cables. Even wireless with a wireless guitar unit and a screen sharing app on a tablet.

Indeed. I'm sure the  wireless studios will be normal one day. I

@boswell: It's not at all clear whether it has a retry mechanism, or whether it can deal with out-of-sequence packets, and what affect that has on the transmitted audio data.

I'm just grasping what this plugin is all about. This seems like MIDI on steroids.

kmetal Sat, 01/22/2022 - 15:13

In reply to by audiokid

I've been thinking about networked audio for years. I have VEP licenses ready, and discovered audio gridder, which is free but less stable. Theres a thing called audio bus, by DDMF which allows routing audio (not midi) between programs, and a free alternative I'm blanking the name of.  I have the ddmf plugin as well to try.  I got it because it lets you put vst effects essentially on your soundcard driver so I can spruce up and volume limit YouTube ect.

I came across this connect plugin via their promo email. 29$ intro prices because I own a couple of their other plugs. (Patchwork, and plug n Script).

kmetal Sat, 01/22/2022 - 15:16

In reply to by Boswell

Yeah networked was the main feature I want to try. VEP can run at no additional buffer to the host machine, so I'm curious how this will work.

 

What's a "Unix pipe delay"

 

Its will also be interesting if it works on several slaves machines, or if maybe it only works well with a single slave, or if it even works well at all.

kmetal Sat, 01/22/2022 - 15:19

PS. They replied it will not sync two daws transport controls, so it currently can't be used the way I used to use re-wire. I was hoping the midi capability would allow transport control.

kmetal Sun, 01/23/2022 - 16:49

One cool feature of connector is it will sample rate convert.  So while I'm not sure if it will work with just one machine, you could get by sample rate limitations of certain plugins (waves cones to mind) when your running a session at say 192k, and the plugin only runs at 96k.  Not sure exactly how practical this is day to day, but nice to know you don't have to not use plugins because of sample rate limitations.