Some of you have probably already read my horror story of the rig issues from hell I dealt with last week. I want to thank everyone that weighed in on my issues and provided what has turned out to be very sound advice (pun intended).
I’ve been a Brainspawn Forte user for 14 years. I know it like the back of my hand, warts and all. I’ve been very effective with it. That being said, the author made the choice for me that I would have to switch when he decided to shutter his business. I was already dealing with a number of odd issues in Forte at the time Mike decided to close up shop. I don’t begrudge him making that choice, but it did create a number of challenges for those of us that had invested significant time and effort over a long period of years in the product.
I won’t go into my evaluation process that led me to choose Gig Performer, but after last night’s show, it is very clear I made the right choice! Everything was glitch free, all night long. The bigger story was the reaction of my band mates. Due to the differences in Gig Performer, and in particular, a go-to free VSTi I used a ton in Forte crashes Gig Performer, I had to significantly change a number of plugins and sounds throughout my whole set. The reviews from the band were things like “It sounds amazing!” and “It was great seeing you not worry about your virtual rack all night long”.
I now feel confident in using a number of plugins that were problematic in Forte that Gig Performer handles without any issues. I also used this opportunity to retool all of my vocoder usage to Waves Morphoder. Forte couldn’t deal with this plugin at all, but it works flawlessly in Gig Performer. Fans that have followed us noticed the change and many remarked on how much ‘cooler’ all the vocoding stuff sounded last night. Yes, even the audience noticed the seismic shift in my sound.
All I can say gentlemen is JOB WELL DONE with this application. I’m sure now that I’ve got my initial conversion essentially done, I’ll be driving everyone crazy with more questions as I try to further push the boundaries of what I can accomplish with Gig Performer. As far as I’m concerned, I’ve only scratched the surface.