Rack Performer Features

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Stage oriented / Live performance

Virtual Screens

Virtual Screenshubmore

Full-screen interface without scrolling or overlapping windows, based on virtual screens concept.

Dispatch all module interfaces exactly the way you want on up to 8 virtual screens, each holding its own rack of modules.

Switch between screens in a flash by using the screen selector, keyboard F1 to F8 keys or even your MIDI controller.

Always get a clear view of your entire live set and keep everything you need to play at hand.

Rack Performer - screen selector
Rack Performer - module GUI dispatching on virtual screens
Rack Performer - while dispatching, module GUIs can't overlap
Multiple monitors support

Multiple monitors support

Up to four monitors can be used at the same time, each containing their own independant virtual screens. Using multiple controllers, many musicians can play on the same machine.

Patch mode

Patch modehubmore

Easy and smooth patching, scroll and zoom at will in a fast OpenGL-rendered patcher.

Patch mode is the step where you define what kind of instruments and effects you will be playing with, and how they will connect to each others.

During the preparation stages, you'll be switching between Edit and Patch modes a lot, until you know precisely what you'll be using.

But once you are ready to perform, all this complexity is completely hidden and out of your mind and of your way, so you can focus on what is really important.

Rack Performer - patch mode selection
Rack Performer - OpenGL rendered patch-bay, with smooth pan and zoom
Rack Performer - connecting modules by dragging patch cables

Edit mode

Edit modehubmore

After having dispatched module GUI's on the Virtual Screens, you can prepare, compose and arrange your performance in Edit mode.

Edit mode can be seen as the composition, rehearsal and preparation mode.

Define controller routings and mappings, dispose module interfaces, prepare all kinds of details and tweak knobs until you are satisfied with the result.

This is where the musical creation process actually takes place.

Rack Performer - edit mode selection
Rack Performer - edit mode
Rack Performer - module context menu in edit mode

Perform mode

Perform modehubmore

When you are ready to go on stage, enter Perform mode where all unsafe actions are disabled, and play your music without any risk.

So that's it, now you are ready, you can hear the crowd in the big room a few meters away from your lounge, pression is building up... but what if during your show you inadvertently hit the wrong button and ruin the performance?

Relax! In Perform mode everything that could be nasty to the sound or that simply doesn't make sense in a stage performance context is completely disabled or hidden.

Rack Performer - perform mode selection
Rack Performer - locked patcher in perform mode
Rack Performer - limited main menu in perform mode

Screen Ticker

Screen Tickerhubmore

On-screen video overlay displaying various real-time status messages, like mode changes, keyboard map and focus navigation, etc.

Sometimes you need visual feedback, and that's what the ticker is for.

Of course, don't worry, if you find it annoying or have no use for it, you can filter the kind of messages displayed to keep just the critical ones.

Rack Performer - screen ticker

Modular host

Modular hosthubmore

High-level modular environment supporting VST/VSTi plug-ins, internal modules, multichannel audio and MIDI.

Use ready-made instruments and effects to create complex patches without needing a degree in electronics or computer science.

Create as many modules as you wish and define the audio signal flow by dragging cables between their outputs and inputs.

Patch size is limited only by your system resources and your imagination

Rack Performer - simple patch
Rack Performer - multi-band processing
Rack Performer - multi-channel processing

Scene Snapshots

Scene Snapshotshubmore

Original way to save and recall any instant of your performance in a flash.

All modules have their own presets bank where their state and configuration can be stored and recalled at will in the form of individual presets.

Scene snapshots work on top of the presets system and can be seen as "meta-presets", that is, presets for the whole document state at the moment the snapshot was taken.

Storing and recalling scene snapshots is really easy and instantaneous, using the floating window or your MIDI controller.

Rack Performer - scene snapshots floating window (empty)
Rack Performer - storing scene snapshots
Rack Performer - scene snapshots in action

Sync and Transport bar

Sync and Transport barhubmore

Never ever have a transport bar get in your way! With auto-hide and a very slim design all synchronization and master clock controls are always accessible quickly but won't waste your screen real estate.

But look, it's packed with features to ease external synchronization by hand (free-running) or in slave mode (external clock) , like tempo tap, tempo skew, and sync to push.

Time signature can be set from the transport bar and location display is multi-mode (bar/beats, time, samples, PPQN, etc)

Rack Performer - transport bar
Rack Performer - location display modes selection in transport bar
Rack Performer - time signature selection dialog
Module control focus

Module control focus

Instant focus on the selected module makes all controllers converge for real-time live interaction.

MIDI keyboard focus

MIDI keyboard focushubmore

Use a single MIDI keyboard to play and record all your instruments, it's automatically redirected to the focused module.

Just setup the channel where your MIDI keyboard is plugged, and start stomping those keys!

MIDI keyboard input focus can be locked to any module such that it doesn't follow module control focus anymore, until unlocked or set to another module.

Rack Performer - configuring MIDI keyboard input channel
Rack Performer - configuring MIDI keyboard input channel
Rack Performer - if you have no MIDI keyboard you can still use the virtual keyb

Any-point audio monitoring

Any-point audio monitoringhubmore

Monitor any point in the patch in real-time and switch between sources on the fly with your controller.

You don't remember what that sample is or how that synth will sound using this preset? Just plug your headphones at the correct location and listen!

Be it pre-processing level or post-processing level, individual channels or all at once, and even internal module "cue" slots, you can plug your monitor at any point in the whole patch with just a few clicks or using your favorite controller.

Rack Performer - any-point audio monitoring using module context menu
Rack Performer - audio monitoring engaged
Rack Performer - any-point audio monitoring alternative source selection mode

Dedicated audio monitoring

Dedicated audio monitoringhubmore

Allocate dedicated audio output channels for audio monitoring, ideal to cue sounds on your headphones before playing them.

You are not limited to stereo as this is a real multi-channel dedicated monitor output, allowing to pre-listen 5:1 sources for instance.

The audio monitor has its own floating window with meters, source selection and volume controls.

Rack Performer - monitor source selection
Rack Performer - audio monitoring window
Rack Performer - multi-channel monitoring

Overlay audio monitoring

Overlay audio monitoringhubmore

Simplified audio monitoring mode using active document output channels to overlay audio samples preview, when no dedicated channels are available.

You may call it the cheap man's monitor, but at least it allows to preview samples before loading!

And while it's not ideal in live situations, it can prove useful during edit and setup phases to peek at various patch points in order to setup and fine-tune effect chains.

Rack Performer - dynamic overlay monitor configuration

Monitor groups

Monitor groupshubmore

Create and recall any number of monitor groups. Monitor groups can include any monitoring point in the patch.

Groups could be made for instance to monitor all audio channels of an external battery being processed, first at the dry level, then at various post-processing points.

Groups also make possible to cue/pre-listen to many instruments or audio sources before triggering or enabling them.

Rack Performer - module context menu to add a monitor hook to monitor group
Rack Performer - selecting a monitor hook slot to add to a monitor group
Rack Performer - monitor group management dialog

Any-point audio recording

Any-point audio recordinghubmore

Complete multi-channel real-time audio recording support. The recorder can stream to disk any number of channels from any point(s) in the patch.

The audio recorder can be mapped to external controllers and with the follow-clock option and external synch on, the process can be fully remote-controlled and slaved to any external transport master device.

Multi-channel files can be created (one file containing all source channels) or one individual file per channel (slightly more disk intensive) There is no limitation to the amount of simultaneously recordable audio sources. Files are automatically converted to the EBU RF64 file format (RIFF-64 Broadcast Wave Format) when their size exceeds 4GB.

Rack Performer - audio recorder
Rack Performer - audio recording options
Rack Peformer - record source selection
Record groups

Record groups

With record groups you can switch the record source to your pre-configured selections and create complex assignments, like specific channel groups, or distant sources combinations.
Presets Links

Presets Links

Preset numbers of any module can be linked together such as changing any preset in the link will also change all linked members.
Live Synopsis

Live Synopsis

The Live Synopsis offers a clear and intuitive way to manage all mappings from a centralized location, in a simple and efficient hierarchical way.
RAM management options

RAM management options

Many options allow to select how samples should be loaded in RAM (one-time vs real-time resampling) and samples can even be locked to insure no swapping occurs.

Live-sets

Live-setshubmore

Live-sets are collections of individual live files. By grouping files together it is possible to have a completely different patch, samples and mappings configuration per song during a concert, and to switch easily between them.
This way each document can use all CPU and RAM resources without interfering with the others. Unified mappings allow to define MIDI and keyboard mappings to switch documents easily, without having to define the same mappings in every document. The "direct select" mapping mode is best suited for linear performances where the song order does not change, whereas the "free select" mode makes document recall in arbitrary order possible, by displaying the document pre-selection in the screen ticker (two-step pre-select + validate process)

Internal modules (RP)

Internal modules (RP)hubmore

Large choice of built-in mixing and processing effects modules, including various samplers, mixers, filters and many more.

For a detailed list of all modules currently available,

please read this page: Rack Performer - all modules.

Interoperability / Integration / Human-machine interfaces

Keyboard Mapper

Keyboard Mapperhubmore

Transform your keyboard into a powerful controller by using the keyboard mapper which offers almost limitless possibilities.

Very advanced mappings are possible, like having keys to act on the keyboard target and other keys to change the keyboard target (i.e target dependant generic control keys)

The keyboard can also be used to send notes to the target module, if you don't have a real MIDI keyboard at hand.

Rack Performer - keyboard mapper
Keyboard Submaps

Keyboard Submaps

Advanced keyboard mapping option allowing to create multiple maps and navigate into them in a hierarchical way.

GUI wrappers

GUI wrappershubmore

Display module interfaces exactly the way you want and chose amongst a large number of GUI wrappers to build your perfect control surface.

For each module you create in the patch-bay you can select between many different ways to display its graphical interface, from very compact to very large, including of course the original module interface if there is one available.

GUI wrappers can be changed at anytime, making it possible for instance to configure a module using its own full GUI then switch afterwards to a more compact one having just a single presets control.

The idea is simple: focus on what is essential when you are playing live, and hide the complexity you don't need.

Rack Performer - changing GUI wrappers
Rack Performer - GUI wrapper selection dialog
Rack Performer - same module different GUI wrappers

MIDI input support

MIDI input supporthubmore

Up to 128 MIDI input channels are supported (8 interfaces, 16 channels each) and data can be routed freely to any module in the patch.

MIDI inputs can be routed per channel (single mode) or per interface (omni mode) enabling control of multi-timbral instruments.

Rack Performer - MIDI configuration
Rack Performer - routing MIDI input to modules (omni mode)
Rack Performer - routing MIDI input to modules (single mode)

MIDI output support

MIDI output supporthubmore

Up to 128 MIDI output channels are supported (8 interfaces, 16 channels each) and data can be sent to hardware effects and instruments by using instances of the special "External MIDI Gear" module.
Timing precision can be dramatically increased and jitter reduced with the Turbo-Mode option, which dedicates one processor core to MIDI output.

Quick MIDI mapping

Quick MIDI mappinghubmore

Super fast and easy MIDI controller mapping, just click a control on screen and move a control on your controller and it's done.

As live performance is all about control, it should be dead easy to configure your favorite control interface. Just right-click on any GUI control and select "Quick MIDI map..."

At this point and in most situations, you just have to move the control you want to map on your controller and the auto-learn function will do all the work for you. The dialog closes and the control is mapped.

Advanced mapping types like 14bit CC and NRPN are possible, along with linear, exp or log, switch, inc or dec mapping curves.

Rack Performer - right click on a control and select "Quick MID map..."
Rack Performer - different kinds of MIDI mappings, including linear, exp, switch
Rack Performer - MIDI mapping sources, including 14bit CC, NRPN and more
MIDI effects

MIDI effects

Easily create keyboard splits, layers and merges or transpose notes on the fly by using the included MIDI effects. All modules can have MIDI effects applied to their inputs.
MIDI filters

MIDI filters

Incoming MIDI events can be filtered by type at three levels: per MIDI input device, per input channel or ultimately per module.

MIDI routing (thru mode)

MIDI routing (thru mode)hubmore

Low-level MIDI routing (MIDI thru) allows to redirect any input device to any output device. Routing is performed by the MIDI driver itself and thus latency is minimal.

MIDI routing can sometimes replace an external MIDI patch-bay and can be used to daisy-chain MIDI equipment.

Setup is easy and straight-forward, as seen in the screen shot below. 

Rack Performer - MIDI routing (thru mode) configuration
Full VST 2.4 support

Full VST 2.4 support

Load any number of effects and instruments and connect them exactly the way you want, including multi-channel and side-chain routings.
live synch mode

Live synch mode

With the Live Synch slave mode you can join any running master and not only get a perfect tempo/rate locking, which alone would lead to long term drift, but also a full phase-locking, meaning it will stay in tight synch relative to the moment you joined.
full slave mode

Full slave mode

In the classic full slave mode the application is completely slaved to the master tempo or rate and to the master transport controls (play status and location)
manual synch controls

Manual synch controls

Even without any synch protocol you can still synchronize to any source exactly like a DJ would do: use Tap Tempo to set the coarse tempo, Sync-to-Push to align the downbeats, then adjust the phase with the V-push or skew controls.
metronome

Metronome

Complete integrated metronome with bright LED display, audio or MIDI operation mode. Route it to your headphones and start practicing those steady rhythms!
Industry-standard compliant / High quality

Automatic patch delay compensation

Automatic patch delay compensationhubmore

Full automatic patch delay compensation on audio and control signals, allowing to use seamlessly modules having internal latencies.

As it is fully automatic, you don't have to do anything to take advantage of PDC.

Special modules even allow to manually force additionnal latency compensation or just add extra audio delays, perfect for "round-trip with external procesing gear" setups.

Rack Performer - latency display in patch mode shows automatic latency compensation in action
32 bits floating point audio processing

32 bits floating point audio processing

Industry-standard high quality 32 bits floating point internal audio engine, with 64 bits in the critical parts.

Sample accurate sequencer

Sample accurate enginehubmore

High-precision sample-accurate engine, for low jitter and ultra tight control and synchronization.

All events sequencing, automation and processing (control, notes/MIDI, clock/synchro) is completely sample-accurate from end to end. This means that all nuances of your performance are more faithfully conveyed, recorded and reproduced.

Full sample accuracy also permits to have a complete patch delay compensation (PDC) that is not merely limited to delaying audio signals. And when applied to clock signals, it allows a tight and reproducible external synchronization.

Rack Peformer - sample accurate engine
Rack Peformer - sample accurate control
Rack Peformer - sample accuracy and modulation

VST sample accurate emulation modes

VST sample accurate emulation modeshubmore

VST plug-ins can also benefit from sample accurate sequencing thanks to this emulation mode.

If you need real sample-accurate tight automation and real-time control for your VST plugins, and if you can afford to increase CPU usage a bit, this option can make the difference.

Several modes ranging from the default buffer-accurate to complete sample-accurate, including hybrid modes, are available.

Rack Performer - VST sample or frame accurate emulation option configuration

MME / legacy audio support

MME / legacy audio supporthubmore

Standard Windows audio drivers support for universal compatibility, in both single and multiple devices modes.

Works with all sound cards without exception, very dependable, but offering rather poor real-time performance.

Switching to MME mode can relax your system when practicing or experimenting with new patch ideas.

Rack Performer - MME devices configuration shown here in multiple devices mode
Rack Performer - MME wave engines configuration
Rack Performer - advanced MME wave engine configuration

DirectSound audio support

DirectSound audio supporthubmore

DirectSound audio drivers are supported in single and multiple devices modes.

While being there mainly for backwards compatibility and ease of use on multimedia systems, some (rather rare) audio cards do have very good DirectSound drivers offering acceptable performance.

Proper DirectSound configuration is a bit more touchy than the other driver types, if you want to achieve the most out of your system.

Rack Performer - DirectSound devices configuration shown in single device mode
Rack Performer - DirectSound wave engines configuration
Rack Performer - advanced DirectSound wave engine configuration

ASIO audio support

ASIO audio supporthubmore

ASIO audio drivers support, for best performance and lowest latency.

When talking about audio stability and latency under Windows, nothing beats a good ASIO driver, period.

If you are serious about your music, you'll end up using ASIO one way or another.

ASIO configuration is dead easy: just select the proper device(s) and it's ready to use.

Rack Performer - ASIO devices configuration (always in single device mode)
Rack Performer - ASIO wave engines configuration
Rack Performer - advanced ASIO wave engine configuration

Multi-chan audio processing

Multi-chan audio processinghubmore

Multi-channel audio content authoring made easy. Most modules support multi-channel streams on their inputs and outputs.

Why have distinct modules for mono, stereo or multi-channel processing? It's just a matter of patching!

Most modules have variable I/O pins and can operate in either modes depending on how you patch them.

Create a module, set the required pin count, then patch and play!

Rack Performer - when created this module is in a mono configuration...
Rack Performer - clicking on the buttons next to the pins allows to setup the mo
Rack Performer - module shown patched in mixed mode
Multi-chan audio I/O

Multi-chan audio I/O

Use up to 32 physical audio input channels and up to 32 audio output channels, why limit yourself to stereo?

midi clock input

MIDI Clock inputhubmore

MIDI Clock is the most standard protocol to synchronize two musical instruments. The application can lock its tempo to incoming MIDI Clock.

Most beatboxes, drum machines, sequencers and even some synthesizers support the MIDI Clock protocol. Just connect the master device to the application using a standard MIDI connection and they will synchronize together.

When used together with the Standard MIDI Transport Control protocol, complete position and tempo locking can be achieved (also know as Full Slave Mode)

Five different synchronization schemes are provided, from ultra-fast convergence with very tight tracking, to ultra-slow convergence with very stable tempo locking, you can select the best compromise for your musical style between fast reaction to tempo changes and minimal wow/flutter effect due to varirate.

midi timecode input

MIDI Timecode input (MTC)

Supported by most pro audio/visual equipments, MTC is a protocol to synchronize the timing of two systems. The application can lock to received timecode (slave)
midi transport input

Standard MIDI Transport Control input

You can remotely control the application internal clock using standard MIDI messages (Start / Stop / Continue / SongPosPtr)
midi machine control input

MIDI Machine Control input (MMC)

MMC is the protocol used by most high-end musical gear to control the play status and the location. The application can receive MMC messages (Play / Stop / Locate / Reset)
midi show control input

MIDI Show Control input (MSC)

MIDI Show Control is a protocol used to remotely control devices in live events, programmed shows and fixed artistic installations. The application can receive MSC commands (Start / Stop / Set / Zero)
timecode display

Timecode display

All timecode rates are supported as display and locate mode, including the latest HD ones. Select the correct rate, set the start offset and you are ready to cue to any timecode.
Other

Application Recovery Console

Application Recovery Consolehubmore

In case of heavy application failure, the application recovery console allows to save your work and to try to recover from the error and keep the show going.

Of course, in a perfect world applications and systems never crash. But todays computers are increasingly complex in terms of hardware and software interactions and possible pitfalls.

The recovery console gives you a chance to at least save your precious work, and in most cases, to continue to play uninterrrupted.

Application Recovery Console (ARC)

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