BigSky As A Plugin?

BigSky plugin being used with guitar and Ableton

Customers have been asking us to make BigSky a DAW plugin for a number of years now, and it really makes a bunch of sense when you think about it: even though it was designed for guitarists, BigSky’s pristine tails and lush thickness are a match made in heaven for recorded drums, orchestral instruments and vocals.

As proof of that idea, a number of high profile mix engineers already use the BigSky pedal hardware as one of their main reverbs when mixing, even though using a guitar pedal in a DAW can be tricky to set up. Thinking about it further, the nature of plug-in architecture can be a major benefit for all sorts of reasons: you could use as many instances of BigSky in the same session as you wanted to, your settings would save with the session, and you could make the experience of using it even easier, because you can do almost anything you’d like (within reason) with a software user interface.

So we did it. It took a few years of dedicated work, but we’re very happy to announce that the BigSky plugin is now a reality! It’s a direct port of our award-winning hardware, so you can count on precisely the same pristine sound quality, sonic uniqueness and true creativity you’ve come to expect from BigSky. Featuring the same twelve world-class reverb machines as the pedal version, you can now use Cloud to bloom up a keyboard pad, use Shimmer’s two voices to thicken a set of backup vocals, or use Magneto as a diffused tape-based reverb to lengthen that fingerpicked acoustic guitar pass. The possibilities are immense, and now natively available inside your digital audio workstation for the first time!

We also took full advantage of the computer-based user interface to make it even easier to get to your favorite sounds – we made the plugin UI dynamic, meaning that it changes depending on what reverb machine you have selected. That way you always see the controls that you need to tweak, and those controls stay put until you change them, even if you select another reverb machine. All of the uniqueness and clarity of the pedal version is perfectly recreated in the plugin – the long exotic tails and thick tones, the recreations of classic studio machines like springs and plates, and the ease of use are all there.

We couldn’t be happier with the results, and we hope that you all find all sorts of new ways to use BigSky in your productions. Nothing else sounds like it, and it truly is A New Way To Sky!

Want to hear the BigSky Plugin in action? Check out the intro video below, or try it free here.

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