Deskew Technologies is showing the latest version of Gig Performer at NAMM this year. Version 3 adds a bunch of new things that their user base has been crying out for including setlists, ChordPro support and better MIDI control.
Gig Performer 3
Gig Performer is a solid piece of software. I’d say it’s the most elegant virtual instrument and plugin host out there. Designed for live performance it lets you build up a rack of gear filled with the virtual sounds and effects you are using in your gig. What’s brilliant about it is the ability to design custom front panels that show only the controls you want to use live. So you’re not staring at a complex GUI trying to find the right parameter to tweak – stick the knob on a panel all by itself. It’s also very touch-friendly which in a live situation beats using a mouse any day of the week.
Previously you would create a separate “Rackspace” for each song and load them during your set. With the new Setlist feature Rackspaces can be reused and kept open so they don’t have to reload each time. Gig Performer only loads up variations within the setlist. Not sure I’m explaining that right – hopefully they can demonstrate it at the show.
Song parts can now be accessed via a MIDI and OSC so you can load song parts with a controller, or a pedalboard. Gig Performer loads all the parts of a song into memory so that you can switch between them without any fear of glitching. They also added Ableton Link for wireless synchronisation.
Version 3 brings support for the Chord Pro lead sheet format enabling a chord and lyric sheet to be opened with your songs.
Along with the existing Audio Recorder they’ve added a MIDI recorder that can log everything you play.
These are all healthy additions to an already decent piece of live performance software and I look forward to seeing it in action.
- Gig Performer website.