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1.6 Blue Cat Axiom

Blue Cat Axiom
  
Blue Cat Axiom

The next generation: your axe beyond the limits

Blue Cat Axiom is a powerful and open multi-effects processor and amp simulation software for guitar and bass. In fact, Axiom is based on the acclaimed Destructor plug-in for amp simulations, Axiom offers an infinite number of exceptional tones for your axe.

Axiom includes two amp simulations channels (with pre and post effects). Mix them together or use them alternatively like a real amp. Choose your amp models from hundreds of presets. Otherwise, launch the amp editor to build your own, with complete control over the tone. Additional input and master sections let you adjust the tone at the input and the output of Axiom, with 4 additional effect slots each and an integrated high precision tuner. A brickwall limiter also protects the output from overshoot.

Axiom includes more than 70 built-in effects that can be loaded in any of the 32 plug-in slots, including a built-in version of Late Replies for creative delays and reverbs, and a built-in version of Destructor to add your own distortion pedals, cabinets, or additional amp simulations.

Built-in effects don’t limit Axiom. Host third-party Audio Unit, VST, or VST3 plug-ins in these slots. Use your favorite plug-ins anywhere in the signal chain and expand Axiom’s capabilities.

And because playing alone is not so much fun, we have added a tools section with 3 additional slots to load virtual instruments. For example, add a metronome, a drum machine, sequencer, or your keyboardist’s favorite synthesizer and mix it with your guitar.

If you are looking for amp simulation software without the effects, see the Destructor plug-in. For a plug-in host & multi-effects processor without amp simulation, check out Blue Cat’s PatchWork.

 

 

Main Features

  • Powerful and unlimited multi-effects processor and amp modeling software for guitar and bass.
  • Realistic and fully customizable amp simulation based on Blue Cat’s Destructor
  • Flexible routing: 2 parallel amp simulation channels with effects + input and master sections.
  • 44 high quality built-in effects: wah, delays, reverb, pitch bender, EQ, filters, distortion units, compressor, gate, chorus, flanger…
  • Includes Blue Cat’s Re-GuitarDestructor and Late Replies as built-in effects.
  • Built-in high precision tuner.
  • Open and extensible: load any third party VST, VST3 or Audio Unit (AU) plug-in.
  • Load and manipulate impulse responses (IR) in the amp simulator or the built-in EQ plug-in.
  • Delivered with thousands of presets for all sections and built-in effects.
  • Load third party virtual instruments to play along.
  • Global stereo spread control.
  • Lock sections to prevent changes when loading presets.
  • No latency.

Blue Cat Audio Standards:

  • Available as a standalone application and in most plug-in formats for Mac and Windows.
  • Full MIDI control and automation support, MIDI Learn.
  • No CPU load on idle: processing shuts down when fed with silence (optimal the CPU usage).
  • Customizable user interface with transparency & zoom.
  • Smooth Bypass: noiseless plug-in activation / deactivation.
  • Undo/Redo.
  • Full featured integrated presets manager.
  • Copy/paste the state of the plug-in between instances.
  • Any sample rate supported.

Windows

  • An SSE2-enabled processor (Pentium 4 or newer).
  • Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8 or 10.
  • For the plug-in, any VST / AAX compatible host software (32 or 64 bit).
  • For the standalone application, an ASIO, MME or WASAPI compatible audio interface (ASIO recommended).

Mac OS X

  • An Intel or Apple Silicon processor.
  • Mac OS 10.9 or newer.
  • For the plug-in, any VST / Audio Unit / AAX compatible application (64-bit) .
  • For the standalone application, a Core Audio compatible audio interface.

For more information about supported platforms, see our FAQ.

Demo Limitations

  • 5 instances of the plug-in allowed per session.
  • The effect is bypassed for half a second every minute.

V1.6 (2021/06/29)

New Features & Improvements

  • Up to 5 times more processing power with the new multicore engine that processes each channel and each tool on a separate core.
  • Multicore engine also available for the built-in Late Replies plug-in (Pattern module).
  • Improved Tone Maps navigation, with updated user interface (for amp simulation and 9 built-in effects).
  • Includes Destructor 1.6 and Late Replies 1.5.
  • Updated all 452 factory presets with appropriate drive range for all simulated amps.
  • New built-in looper plug-in (in the “Utils” category).
  • New built-in distortion and dynamics pedals based on Destructor with new pedal GUI.
  • New built-in delay models based on Late Replies 1.5 with new “EZ mode” GUI.
  • New DSP workload meter that displays the DSP activity and CPU load.
  • Added MIDI control support (MIDI CC messages) for Next and Previous Preset commands, with MIDI learn.
  • Improved MIDI & automation control settings with lock, reset and “save as global setting” capabilities.
  • Tap Tempo with MIDI CC to set BPM in the application with a footswitch.
  • Lock effects bypass switches to match the state of MIDI foot controllers when changing presets.
  • Preset files can now be dropped onto the preset LCD area to be loaded.
  • Improved buffer management in standalone application on Mac, reducing both latency and CPU usage.
  • Level meters, spectrum analyzers and tuner stop processing when the user interface is closed, reducing CPU usage.
  • reverted default preset to empty preset to improv performance upon load (the preset is still available as “Default Clean”)
  • Reduced time to load Axiom or any built-in plug-in.
  • Multiple DSP performance improvements.
  • Reduced the number of threads used by the plug-in.
  • Improved global and preset settings window loading time on Windows.
  • Added ability to select the plug-in to load when a shell plug-in file is dragged and dropped onto a slot.
  • Full unicode support.

Compatibility:

  • Native Apple Silicon (M1 processor) support.
  • Dropped 32-bit support on Mac.
  • Now requires MacOS 10.9 and newer.

Fixes:

  • Fixed standalone app not always asking for Microphone access on most recent MacOS systems.
  • Fixed host loop end value not properly passed to hosted plug-ins, for the VST2 version.
  • Fixed several crashes upon load for multiple third party plug-ins (mostly VST3).
  • Fixed display issues with Waves plug-ins V12 in Mac standalone application.
  • Fixed MIDI control for hosted plug-ins not always working when fed with silence.
  • Fixed VST3 (and sometimes VST) version freezing Ableton Live upon save on Windows.
  • Fixed harmonizer and Pitch Shifter built-in plug-ins that did not always flush their buffer upon bypass (short sounds could be heard when getting out of bypass)

v1.5 (2020/10/09)

  • Tail spillover: activate tail spillover from the toolbar to play effects tail when bypassed (available for the plug-in itself, sub-sections or built-in delays and reverbs).
  • Arrow keys can now be used to navigate presets, in the main view or in the presets browser.
  • The opacity of the tone map window can now be adjusted for built-in effects.
  • Smoother presets switching.
  • Improved smooth plug-in bypass (faster and smoother transition).
  • Fixed: the state of some VST2 plug-ins (which do not save their state as chunks) were not be restored properly if their number of parameters had been changed (e.g. FabFilter Pro-Q’s latest update).
  • Mac: fixed GUI performance issues on native P3 displays and improved performance on other displays (details here: bluecataudio.com/…/slow-mac-how-to-fix-mac-gui-performance-issues).
  • Mac: fixed mouse wheel that required large movements to change parameter values.
  • Mac: fixed mouse cursor flickering issues.
  • Mac: fixed Esc key not closing fine edit parameter dialog.
  • Mac: fixed keyboard not responding in registration panel in some host applications (LUNA, Garage Band…).
  • Mac Audio Unit: fixed plug-in listing in some host applications (Plogue Bidule, …).
  • New hi gain presets using custom impulse responses (IR).
  • New responsive clean and crunch presets.
  • Reduced loudness and spectral balance discrepancies between presets.
  • Adjusted effects levels to preserve loudness when bypassed.
  • Adjusted reverb levels on all presets.
  • Most presets now support input overload gracefully (like “real world” amps): feel free to push the input gain by a few dBs.
  • New default preset to get started quickly with the software.
  • Fixed: built-in Late Replies sometimes cut delay tail when using plug-ins in the feedback loops.
  • Fixed: output was mono when both A and B are off and I/O configuration is mono to stereo.
  • New high resolution graphics for knobs and sliders.

V1.41 (2020/05/28)

  • New high-resolution graphics for knobs and sliders.
  • Updated Re-Guitar built-in plug-in to version 1.1.
  • Reduced disk footprint.
  • Fixed several issues with hosted plug-ins bypass (graphical glitches, untriggered bypass…).
  • Mac: Fixed keyboard not responding in registration panel in some host applications (LUNA, Garage Band…).
  • Mac: Fixed demo version that could hang Logic when reloading projects using the plug-in.

V1.4 (2020/02/03)

  • New “stomp box” look & feel for built-in effects.
  • New built-in effect: Hot Tuna high-performance tuner.
  • The tone maps explorer for the amp simulation is now accessible directly from the main user interface.
  • Mac application now fully supports dark mode on Mac OS Mojave and newer.