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This UNLOCKED Version of Gig Performer® allows you to use any AU/VST2/VST3 plugins!

Also available: Gig Performer® 4 PA Edition
(included in the MEGA XXL Bundle at no extra cost)

Updated with extensive new features
With the Version 4 update, Gig Performer®’s user interface gets a facelift, with new widgets, drum pads, a sustain pedal, optimized performance for touch screens, and much more. The new Global rackspace allows you to share your most-used effects globally across all your rackspaces just like you can in your DAW—but even more intuitively. Instead of inserting effects in every rackspace, simply insert them once in the Global Rackspace and all your local rackspaces will have access to them. The new Scaling Curves allow you to control the shape of the output of a widget or convert an incoming note velocity to a new velocity. Other fantastic upgrades include things like an expanded virtual wiring view and a native MIDI File Player.

Made for serious live performers by serious live performers
Whether you’re a guitarist, keyboardist, or even an effects-savvy drummer or vocalist, Gig Performer® 4 is your gateway to using your favorite software instruments, amp simulators, and plugins in a live performance setting. Complete with great templates to get you started, sculpt your tone from the included presets, or start from scratch!

The ultimate musical companion for live performance and rehearsals
Gig Performer® is the only cross-platform solution for storing your studio sounds and using them as seamlessly for playing live as you do in the studio. With Gig Performer® 4, you can build your ideal keyboard and guitar chains with your favorite world-class plugins and take them anywhere.

No more confusing busses, sends, auxes or inserts
Experience a step up from traditional channel-strip approaches. Using the front and back panel views, simply connect plugins to each other any way you want, then custom-design your own Panels to control each Rackspace. You can then design a number of Variations, which allow multiple presets for a single Rackspace, and switch between them instantly from song to song or section to section.

Intuitive routing and rock-solid performance
GP4’s routing screen allows you to easily drop in software objects, from virtual instruments to effects, to MIDI devices and audio interfaces, quickly and easily making connections between them. The Predictive loading feature lets you intelligently load parts of your show, significantly reducing both your RAM and CPU usage so you can perform confidently even with an old laptop.

Plugin Alliance offers two versions of Gig Performer®: 

Deskew Gig Performer® 4 – UNLOCKED Edition
This version lets you run any VST2/VST3/AU plugins, from PA or any other plugin manufacturer!

Deskew Gig Performer® 4 - PA Edition
The PA Edition is available exclusively and at no extra cost as part of the MUSICIAN &  MEGA bundle! It allows you to run all Plugin Alliance tools at near-zero latency.

Both versions of Gig Performer® 4 come with great-sounding templates which you can either use as inspiration for building your own or take them to your gigs as they are.

Legal Disclaimer: Gig Performer® and Own the Stage® are registered trademarks of Deskew Technologies, LLC


  • Share your most-used effects globally and use them from all your rackspaces. Keep your looper or backing tracks running while you change other sounds on the fly. The Global Rackspace can pass audio in both directions. Preprocess all incoming audio before adding local effects. Create instruments that are always available.
  • Gig Performer®’s new wiring view lets you layout your plugins neatly regardless of the size of your screen. Use a large virtual view, zoom in or out and scroll horizontally or vertically to position your plugins wherever you need them without squashing them together.
  • Create keyboard velocity curves and widget scaling curves. Choose from predefined shapes or draw your own. Copy them or save them for later reuse.
  • Load up to 128 standard MIDI files into the MIDI File Player Plugin. Enable or mute individual tracks. Route different tracks to different plugins for the best possible sound. Use Tap Tempo to control playback speed or let the song control Gig Performer®'s global BPM.
  • Select multiple interconnected plugins and save them as a named favorite for easy reuse. Favorites automatically appear in plugin insertion menus or you can simply drop them into Gig Performer® from a folder. Saved plugin presets also appear in popup menus and selecting a preset will automatically insert the required plugin.
  • Create completely new sounds or tweak existing ones using controlled randomization of selected parameters of any plugin
  • Runs ANY AU/VST2/VST3 plugins
  • Intuitive user interface: simply connect any plugin to any other plugin in any configuration—no confusing busses, sends, or inserts
  • Control all your software synths, samplers, and sequencers— as well as effects—directly from the sliders, knobs, and switches on your instruments
  • Using a MIDI pedalboard, you can freely switch between multiple amp/cabinet models and digital effects in real-time
  • Instantaneous glitch-free switching between sounds—even while holding notes — for a seamless transition from one song to the next or from one part of a song to another
  • Easily add compression, EQ, and other effects to your live vocals
  • Set-lists let you effortlessly change sounds and entire plugin setups for every part of every song of every gig
  • Run multiple Gig Performer® instances simultaneously, allowing different members of a band to access different plugin setups independently.
  • Build Set-lists that automatically change to the right sound for each part of the song in your lists

Industry Reviews

  • Mendel bij de Leij

    Mendel bij de Leij

    Composer, Musician, Mix & Mastering Engineer

    Gig Performer 4 is like a mind-map for musicians, I can think of something and have it set up in GP4 in a matter of minutes. I’m a big advocate of using the creative part of the brain, and GP4… Read More

  • Chris Broderick

    Chris Broderick

    In Flames, Megadeth, Jag Panzer

    I am extremely excited to be working with Plugin Alliance. Playing on Brainworx amp sims has brought a new dimension and realism to my tones along with the great FX, EQ's, and virtual instruments… Read More

  • Doug Doppler

    Doug Doppler

    Guitar Teacher, Recording Artist, Session Player

    Gig Performer is nothing short of amazing – outstanding tones and feel, drool-worthy rigs and signal chains, seamless 'gig-friendly' transitions with spillover, all happening at 32 samples with… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • Nicely improved

    by Faydit
    A real update with some more useful features in comparison to version 3.
    Useful, if you want to combine / arrange several plugins outside of a DAW or storing them for live performance.Read More
  • Awesome for guitarists

    by MS
    Very strong platform for electric guitarists with great stable performance. Whether using it to automate midi switching and routing of physical FX boxes in a physical rig, or using it to host and… Read More
  • Gig Performer® 4 UNLOCKED

    by PMT Studio
    I am pleased to have this tool it allows me to try different effects without having to clutter my drive with daw's projects, I am looking forwards to when we can perform live again but until then… Read More


Supported Plugin Formats

Supported Operating Systems
macOS 10.9 through 11.0.1
Windows 7 through 10

Intel CPU (minimum 2GHz recommended) or Apple Silicon M-Series CPU

With the recent update, you'll download a zip file containing two installers. If you are running macOS 10.9 or 10.10 please make sure to use the dedicated Intel installer.

x64-compatible CPU

System Requirements
Display resolution: 1440 × 900px or 1280 × 960px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM


With the Installation Manager you can select, download & install all the Plugin Alliance products. Select any and all formats you need for your system! Mac & PC.


Gig Performer® 4 UNLOCKED

DESKEW Gig Performer 4 Changelog

# Version 4.5.8
## New Features
* Record your performance - mono or stereo
* Audio blocks can be inserted between other audio blocks
* Follow hardware - widget will be automatically set to your hardware controls when you switch rackspaces
* Released SDK to allow third party addons to be integrated into Gig Performer
* Widgets now support multiple MIDI relative modes
* Individual widgets can now be hidden when not in edit mode
* The plugin manager can now export selected plugins information in CSV format
* Widgets now support MIDI Thru
* You can now explicitly export/import audio options to make it easy to support multiple audio configurations

## Improvements
* The automatic All Notes off mechanism can now be disabled in MIDI Out blocks when switching away from a rackspace
* Song part PC assignments can now be globally changed
* PC assignments will now be automatically copied when a song gets added to a new setlist
* Rackspace/songname font sizes can now be changed
* Many new System Action commands
* Quick access to widget functions at runtime
* Duplicate a plugin keeping input connections
* Holding Shift key while dragging a connection from a mono plugin will create a double connection to a stereo plugin
* Added a modification for IK Multimedia plugins that respond to MIDI data even though they're not supposed to.
* Added textcolor and textweight directives to ChordPro
* Individual OSC IP addresses/ports can now use named OSC targets
* Global MIDI Monitor now displays outgoing MIDI messages
* Labels can now be aligned in different ways and the font color can be changed
* Individual widgets can be dragged between local and global rackspaces
* Holding SHIFT key down in the Audio options dialog while clicking on an input or output checkbox will set all the others to the inverse of the one you selected
* Choosing "This Value" for a widget (rackspace activation) and pushing a snapshot back to a rackspace variation now pop up "Don't show this again" explanations so you can turn them off
* AudioFilePlayer - added parameters to allow the name of the song (filename without path or extension) to be accessed so you can display song in a panel
* Almost all settings are now stored under "Documents/Gig Performer"

### GP Script
#### New features
* Timeline callback
* Automatically include rig-specific scripts
* MIDI Connect/disconnect notification callback
* Added xor operator for integers and bits
* SetVariation, GetVariationCount, GetVariationName now ralways efer to local rackspace even when called from the global rackspace

#### New functions
* Quick Insert Plugin Dialog
* Scroll front panel
* Insert a favorite
* Show/hide Rig Manager
* Start/stop recording
* Set fill color, outline and thickness of relevant widgets
* One shot timer function
* Take songpart snapshots

## Important fixes
* Fixed issue that caused MDrummer to skip notes
* Fixed issue where rig manager changes would not be applied to the global rackspace
* Many other misc. bug fixes
* Real input channel names are now shown in the audio input block

# Version 4.1.5
* The only changes is a fix for a bug introduced in 4.1.4 related to MIDI In blocks and velocity scaling.

# Version 4.1.4

## New Features
* Added support for our free PDF to Images and ChordPro tool.
* Pasting widgets copied from the global rackspace and then pasted into a local rackspace while holding SHIFT key down (e.g, Mouse Click Edit | Paste) , if a "To Global Rackspace" plugin is already there, will associate the new widgets with the actual parameter values of the widgets in the global rackspace.
* GPScript: added function to map a widget to a specified plugin+parameter number.
* Added set of parameters to to System Action Block to let you directly select a song part or rackspace variation.
* GPScript: There is now a function to position chordpro to a fraction of a page where the entire number of lines is scaled to 0.0 .. 1.0
* You can now control ChordPro position via System Action Block.
* GPScript: Added concept of a named marker to which you can go to using a GPScript function .
* GPScript: Added a function that lets you go to a specific songpart view in ChordPro (without switching to that part in case you want to be able to look ahead).
* ExternalAPI: Added ability to enable/disable global playhead.
* ExternalAPI: Added GetPlayheadState function.
* Added option to auto open/close plugins within a rackspace as you switch rackspaces.
* GPScript: Added functions to manipulate setlists directly (get a count, list them, select one, etc).
* GPScript: Added ability to show or hide the global rackspace.
* MIDI File Player: Added ability to sync the playback start/stop with the global playhead.

## Updates and Fixes
* ChordPro: Added automatic sizing for images which will now fit the width of the ChordPro window nicely. Works particularly well for the sheet music converted to images from PDFs.
* ExternalAPI: Fixed the problem where external API was not being called when we switched from panel view to wiring view or vice versa.
* System Actions Block now supports the ability to get the current song key.
* External API can now get and set plugin parameter values using the plugin handle.
* Eliminated the choice of local or global rackspace editor depending on where you are and added new menu option to allow you to open the global rackspace editor regardless of where you are.
* MidiInBlock: Fixed problem where using the Increment/Decrement Transpose parameters did not "announce" a transpose change and so widgets attached to transpose would not be updated.
* GPScript: Fixed a semantic issue where assigning a double to an integer was being allowed .
* Fixed a problem where in a particular situation where multiple widgets, grouped together, connected to velocity scaling parameters in MIDI in block and controlled via midi could crash GP.
* MIDI File Player: Fixed some issues with tempo syncing and control.
* OSC: We now send the rackspace index out with the rackspace name when the rackspace changes
* Fixed a problem where syncing MIDI back to the device that is connected to a widget was not inverted if the option to invert incoming MIDI was enabled.

# Version 4.0.54 (Aug 09, 2021)
## Fixes and Improvements
* Fixed a problem where creating a gig from a setlist did not include the global rackspace nor the gig script
* Fixed a problem with strange tempo values and the tempo range is 20 to 640 everywhere GP-Beta 987
* Fixed a problem where locking/unlocking rackspace selection within the setlist view could temporarily prevent a different rackspace from being selected
* Local widget mapped to global widget now displays global widget text value (if available)
* Fixed problem in ChordPro where transposition wasn't being applied properly to "root" notes in chord - also fixes spacing issue
* External API now supports call to enable/disable global playhead
* External API - no longer gets eroneous call when view didn't actually change
* Change the menu item for scripting depending on whether local or global rackspace is active
* Fixed a problem where MIDI PC messages sent on a channel that's explicitly not used in GP were not passed to the plugins even if the option was enabled.
* Fixed a problem where the old setlist would still be visible during the load of a new gig file.
* Fixed crash when reloading an INS file
* Midi File Manager, GPScript: Fixed a problem where end of a track might not be properly detected
* You can now specify program change through the MIDI Helper dialog when setting a command to switch to specific song parts
* Fixed a bug where GP could crash in the setlist mode when PC messages come in quickly

Version 4.0.52 (Jul 7, 2021)
## Fixes and Improvements
* Fixed bug where 1/4 time would play the metronome accent only once.
* Fixed a bug where we could get double beat callbacks and clicks if user is syncing with an external MIDI clock.
* Fixed bug where GP could lock up when switching to a different rackspace while tuner is displayed.
* Fixed a problem where, in some cases, after unlocking the rackspace/variation selection in the song mode would not always work on the initial click.
* ChordPro: Fixed bug where a {songpartname } as the very first item would crash GP.
* ChordPro: Fixed bug where bass note of ChordPro didn't get transposed.
* Other minor fixes and improvements.

Version 4.0.51 (Jun 01, 2021)
- Initial released version