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New Features requests! 10 months 3 weeks ago #24940

I know this was talked about some years ago, but what is the current thinking re: preset "snapshots" ? it seems that, in the absence of deley/reverb trails across preset changes, this is a sorely needed feature for live use to allow that to be done... of course we will also need a bypass option for room and delay racks that just mutes the input and allows the trails to continue. this seems impossible at the moment so we cannot even midi mute them and allow the tails to finish (unless i am missing something there..) the trails really are a huge issue for live users, I am that 1 feature away from making s-gear my live rig. Is it still on the roadmap? one other idea I would like to field is something i have seen done before, which is that if you have the same or similar reverb/deley settings across 2 presets, when you change between those it will just leave them intact and move knobs rather than clear and reload them, thus providing the spillover feature without requiring overhead of running everything twice.. just a thought..
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New Features requests! 10 months 3 weeks ago #24941

Ohh and any chance of a clean boost pedal? :) or maybe just a 1:1 option on the compressor...
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New Features requests! 10 months 3 weeks ago #24942

And what about a proper parametric eq rack?
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New Features requests! 10 months 3 weeks ago #24943

stusaysmoo wrote:

we will also need a bypass option for room and delay racks that just mutes the input and allows the trails to continue.

This is possible via MIDI CC message. If you send a value of 0.5, then the delay/reverb input is muted allowing the tails to continue.
See page 70 of the User Manual
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New Features requests! 10 months 3 weeks ago #24944

Ok great , good to know that mechanism is in place :)

unfortunately this cannot really remove the need for snapshots though, especially with the addition of the pedalboard.. as an example, lets say you wanted to switch amps from a lead to a clean sound:

you would have to send midi commands to disable the input of the delay, change the amp, bypass the pedal/s and let's say, enable a chorus.

Most midi controllers will send a program change message.. some of them may also allow you to simultaneously send a couple of CC messages.. the issue though is this:

To execute all those commands takes time.. and the entire purpose of doing it is to remove the time delay incurred by changing presets (or the unprofessional sound of your trails cutting off) and the associated load of clearing and reloading all the assets that make up the sound.. Midi is old.. it cant supply data quickly enought to effectively hold the snapshot information in place of that feature in the software.. its not perfect to use snapshots, as it requires a lot more planning to create working sets of sounds and often needs you to load several instances of effects that are not always active, resulting in additional cpu power needed to run the "superpreset" that holds all the elements.. but it does seem to be the solution adopted by the majority of people making these type of plugins and i assume that is just because doing the full spillover feature on preset change is hard to pull off.. one thing i dont understand though, and Mike maybe you know the anwer to this.. whenever I see users request the full spillover feature i see the same reply time and again from devs, that it would require huge CPU and RAM overheads to do, you have to run everything twice etc etc and therefore its not possible.. however.. in the one and only instance that i am aware of where this feature is actually implemented (fully spillover independant of settings or modules loaded) is in the Overloud TH-U plugin & standalone. This plugin, whatever you think of its sounds or whatever (that is not relevent to this point) also happends to be one of, if not THE lowest resource requirement amp sim plugins in existence. It literally runs on the oldest potato of a pc with hardly any cpu requirements and does full spillover on preset change... its really confusing to me to see that. I expect its som kind of fundamental architecture thing that has to be part of the initial design to be efficient.. but it flies in the face of all the assertions that its impossible to do. I would be more than happy with just a snapshot implementation dont get me wrong, but its a point of curiosity that i do not see discussed at all and thought that, since in my opinion S-gear is already the best sounding plugin of this type available, it should be really worthwhile to also look at these kind of features that hugely enhance the usefulness and application of those sounds in different situations.. again i want to state, I am a huge fan of this product, and the philosophy you have employed in its design is really very wise, sound and feel first.. but as the features keep rolling in and it becomes almost capable of being the entire signal chain in one standalone app, it is to these finishing touches that we have to look now to allow S-gear to start becoming the tool for all occasions. I guess I am just interested in whether these issues are on a roadmap for the product, as this will drive my personal decisions regarding how i will use it in future.. I am aware that you can combine s-gear with other products and manage your presets and switching from a 3rd party host, have tried that and understand its limitations.. but to be honest, its super annoying and I will always in the end go back to the all-in-one solutions because its just easier and more reliable. even if *shocking i know* it doesnt sound quite as good....I guess the dream is the S-Gear sound with any solution for seamless switching, all in one standalone..
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New Features requests! 10 months 2 weeks ago #24949

I still like my mock-up from years ago :)

www.scuffhamamps.com/forum/8-wishlist/90...-scenes-or-snapshots

But, programs like Gig Performer solve the problem of snapshots.
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New Features requests! 10 months 2 weeks ago #24951

Hey, um. that's really not the case i'm afraid, snapshots in all the hosts currently will cause dropouts in the audio and the pedalboard currently does not retain the on/off status of the pedals in cantabile or reaper when changing snapshots.. its pretty much unusable for anything serious, you are better off not bothering and just using standalone with presets.

The snapshot feature (or delay spillover on preset change) is sorely needed to allow truly professional sounding seamless changes between multiple sounds.
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New Features requests! 10 months 2 weeks ago #24952

Gig Performer is specifically created to allow a lot of flexibility with plugins. The main preset concept is called a “rackspace”, where you can combine S-Gear with other plugins. You add “widgets” to control specific parameters in any of these plugins e.g. you can add button/switch widgets that are mapped to S-Gear’s pedals on/off.

Then the rackspace “Variation” is like a snapshot of these widget settings. So you can create e.g. Clean and Crunch variations that will switch the pedals on/off and any other plugins/parameters that you have mapped to a widget. You can even trigger the special S-Gear bypass setting for DelayThing and RoomThing so that the tails continue.

If you want a more substantial change (e.g. to change amps) you create a separate rackspace. Gig Performer allows spillover between rackspaces, so you can achieve smooth transitions.
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New Features requests! 6 months 1 week ago #25148

I didn't want to start a new thread, but as a new user (though I've been following S-Gear for years now) here are some of feature wishes:

1. Ability to choose imported IRs from the normal Cabinet section, instead of opening a tab of IR section.

2. A rack EQ (parametric or graphic) and ability to insert this anywhere in the chain (before/after the amp/pedals - before/after cab section for maximum tonality options). Also, option to move the chorus would be great as well.

3. I know S-Gear covers many tones that can be found out there and I respect the decision not to "copy" amps as they are, but to create original designs. My two wishes, ampwise, would be to have another channel (which could be a toggle switch option) for Stealer to reflect a more open JCM'ish sound (instead of a Plexi sound as of now). And my second wish would be a design that would reflect a modern metal amp (somewhere along the lines of EVH 5153 or Dual Rectifier, maybe with different voicing options). Wayfarer is great, but I think the suite would be more complete with the addition of this metal amp (which also could be used for other styles as well and would be another option in the arsenal). I would love to hear what Mike would bring to the table sound-wise, in comparison to other metal amp suites out there.

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New Features requests! 5 months 4 weeks ago #25184

Now is gear is pretty much complete with wah-thing, maybe just an option for auto-bypass switching when midi input detected i.e. no expression pedal movement = bypass, movement = on. Kinda like the Morley wahs that have the spring sensor as opposed to the switch?
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New Features requests! 5 months 3 weeks ago #25186

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Now is gear is pretty much complete with wah-thing, maybe just an option for auto-bypass switching when midi input detected i.e. no expression pedal movement = bypass, movement = on. Kinda like the Morley wahs that have the spring sensor as opposed to the switch?

This is an interesting idea, although I wonder if it wouldn't toggle when you don't want. During development I experimented with a toe bypass option, but found that it was too easy to toggle the bypass during normal use. A real wah pedal has a heavy metal footswitch to click with some resistance, but even this is not ideal.
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New Features requests! 5 months 3 weeks ago #25188

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Ok great , good to know that mechanism is in place :)

unfortunately this cannot really remove the need for snapshots though, especially with the addition of the pedalboard.. as an example, lets say you wanted to switch amps from a lead to a clean sound:

you would have to send midi commands to disable the input of the delay, change the amp, bypass the pedal/s and let's say, enable a chorus.

Most midi controllers will send a program change message.. some of them may also allow you to simultaneously send a couple of CC messages.. the issue though is this:

To execute all those commands takes time.. and the entire purpose of doing it is to remove the time delay incurred by changing presets (or the unprofessional sound of your trails cutting off) and the associated load of clearing and reloading all the assets that make up the sound.. Midi is old.. it cant supply data quickly enought to effectively hold the snapshot information in place of that feature in the software.. its not perfect to use snapshots, as it requires a lot more planning to create working sets of sounds and often needs you to load several instances of effects that are not always active, resulting in additional cpu power needed to run the "superpreset" that holds all the elements.. but it does seem to be the solution adopted by the majority of people making these type of plugins and i assume that is just because doing the full spillover feature on preset change is hard to pull off.. one thing i dont understand though, and Mike maybe you know the anwer to this.. whenever I see users request the full spillover feature i see the same reply time and again from devs, that it would require huge CPU and RAM overheads to do, you have to run everything twice etc etc and therefore its not possible.. however.. in the one and only instance that i am aware of where this feature is actually implemented (fully spillover independant of settings or modules loaded) is in the Overloud TH-U plugin & standalone. This plugin, whatever you think of its sounds or whatever (that is not relevent to this point) also happends to be one of, if not THE lowest resource requirement amp sim plugins in existence. It literally runs on the oldest potato of a pc with hardly any cpu requirements and does full spillover on preset change... its really confusing to me to see that. I expect its som kind of fundamental architecture thing that has to be part of the initial design to be efficient.. but it flies in the face of all the assertions that its impossible to do. I would be more than happy with just a snapshot implementation dont get me wrong, but its a point of curiosity that i do not see discussed at all and thought that, since in my opinion S-gear is already the best sounding plugin of this type available, it should be really worthwhile to also look at these kind of features that hugely enhance the usefulness and application of those sounds in different situations.. again i want to state, I am a huge fan of this product, and the philosophy you have employed in its design is really very wise, sound and feel first.. but as the features keep rolling in and it becomes almost capable of being the entire signal chain in one standalone app, it is to these finishing touches that we have to look now to allow S-gear to start becoming the tool for all occasions. I guess I am just interested in whether these issues are on a roadmap for the product, as this will drive my personal decisions regarding how i will use it in future.. I am aware that you can combine s-gear with other products and manage your presets and switching from a 3rd party host, have tried that and understand its limitations.. but to be honest, its super annoying and I will always in the end go back to the all-in-one solutions because its just easier and more reliable. even if *shocking i know* it doesnt sound quite as good....I guess the dream is the S-Gear sound with any solution for seamless switching, all in one standalone..

Actually, the solution for a seamless and instant switch between presets is incredible simple: use an A/B switch pedal!

Think of it this way:
1.- S-Gear enables you to use it in standalone mode, and you can have let's say, 2 instances of S-Gear running simultaneously, one for the clean sound and another for the dirty or lead sound.
2.- You let the clean instance of S-Gear pickup only the left channel of your interface, while the other channel will only pickup or work with the right channel. For this, go to Audio Driver configuration->Audio Routing and select accordingly (select no connection whenever necessary, so it only picks one channel)
3.- Your guitar goes to the A/B (or ABY pedal) and then go to both channels of your interface, and when you click on the pedal, it will either go to one or the other, and the change will be immediately, with no latency whatsoever!
4.- You can even use a MIDI footswitch and connect it to the channel that you will change the most. Let's say you want the clean channel to be your base channel, and the other channel will be the one that will change... You let the MIDI footswitch make the preset changes before you step on the AB pedal, and voila!
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New Features requests! 5 months 3 weeks ago #25191

Anyway, I made this quick video explaining it all:
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New Features requests! 1 month 2 weeks ago #25466

Hello everybody. This is my first post here, though I've been using S-Gear for years with no issues. If this wish list is active, I would like to suggest a little love for the noise gate. I sometimes find it hard to dial in quickly, and I start wishing for a one-dial operation that I find elsewhere. Besides that, I'm pretty happy with the new pedals, though they make the need for improvement of the noise gate more obvious. I second the motion for a dedicated parametric EQ, too. Thanks for your time.
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New Features requests! 1 month 2 weeks ago #25467

asintoras,
Many, many times, we find ourselves unable "...to see the forest for the trees!"

Never thought of deploying two instances of S-Gear when performing live! Brilliant!

Though I always try to account for time for preset alterations, being able to deploy two instances of a plug-in, can indeed become very handy.

The particular software that I employ, employs scenes - which I deploy for such preset alterations. I will have to "test out" this capability in the next few days.

Thanks, asintoras...for the "tip!" Appreciated!
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New Features requests! 3 weeks 6 days ago #25482

I can think of 100 non-ideal ways to make up for the lack of professional swiitching functionality, and spend $100s on other peoples software just to make s-gear usable live.. That was not the purpose of requeting proper consideration for using the standalone application exactly as that, a standalone solution capable of delivering what is required for professional use. I dont doubt that these suggestions are being made in a genuine effort to "help" but i think you misunderstand the real situation. I will not use a software solution live that requires another software solution to make it useable.. its just simply not something we should have to do. I like the sound of this product, I am simply requesting that addition of live features that bring it in line with other standalone solutions in terms of viability to use live as a standalone solution.. This issue cannot be solved with work-arounds for me, why even have a stand-alone app if not to provide exactly that ?
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New Features requests! 2 weeks 2 days ago #25485

Hi all,

I've been a dedicated S-Gear user for years and am extremely thankful for this fantastic product!

Here is my list of requests.

Tremolo Effects:
The tremolo is only available on the Wayfarer amp model. It would be interesting to have it accessible across other models as well. (Also, many people use the tremolo after the reverb.)

Effect Placement Before the Amp:
I’d love the ability to place effects like delay and reverb before the amp. Currently, I have to add S-GEAR VST twice to make this.

Compressor Blend Knob:
A blend control for the compressor would be welcome.

EQ Rack:
Currently I use a VST plugin before S-Gear. Still, having an EQ rack directly within S-Gear would be fantastic.

Customizable Noise Gate Placement:
It would be useful to be able to choose where the Noise Gate operates - before or after the pedalboard, amp or effects.
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New Features requests! 4 days 19 hours ago #25493

A few more requests / improvements:

- Master Convolver volume. It would be nice to preserve the mix of IRs we set up and change the volume to avoid clipping without having to adjust both sliders and try to preserve that exact mix

- Direct entry of values - Especially on delay thing, I'd like to be able to set it to an exact MS value but the dial is so jumpy I can usually only get within 1 number up or down and can't land exactly. Did not see any way to do this in the manual or anyway to slow down the knob speed (some programs let you hold down shift to be more precise)

- A way to see what preset is loaded on a device. Right now only reverb offers this. Doesn't have to be on all the time, maybe you could set up a function key that toggles the current preset name in some corner of each device.
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New Features requests! 4 days 8 hours ago #25494

Jacks Smirking Revenge wrote:

- A way to see what preset is loaded on a device. Right now only reverb offers this. Doesn't have to be on all the time, maybe you could set up a function key that toggles the current preset name in some corner of each device.

Although not mentioned in the User Manual, there is a trick to see what device preset is loaded. On Delay Thing and ModThing you can move the mouse to the left had side of the rack and the current preset (if one is loaded) will be displayed.



There is also a shortcut left click menu to load Factory presets, buy left-clicking in the same area.

The pedals also have this feature, mousing over the right hand side of the pedal where the bypass/parallel control buttons are located.

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