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Process Panel

Ultra / Standard Versions Only

To view the Process Panel click the “Process” Tab next to the “Details” and “Rename” Panel.
The top section of the Process Panel allows you to add VST plugins.
12 slots are available with the ability to save a preset to Store/Recall plugin chains.

NOTE64 bit VST2 plugins are supported from version 5.x. (VST3 support might come in the future)
It is highly recommended by now that you switch all your plugins to 64bit but if you need to load older 32 bit VST plugins then use for PC use jBridge and for Mac use 32 Lives to accomplish this.

Scanning Your Plugins

1. Open BH and go to the Process Panel and Click the top Blue hooked Icon:

This will show the VST Scanning window where you can add the paths to scan for your installed VST plugins (note only effects plugins will be detected of course):

2. Next press ‘Scan’ and sit back as it scours thru your plugins to make sure they are valid.

If you don’t add a VST path for scan the default one will be added once scanning begins.
Scanning VST’s is kind of walking a mind field so might take few attempts to get them all scanned. 8)
Once complete the plugins will appear in the VST Rack and then you can go to town mutilating your sounds.

NOTE: If you experience any hard crashes, relaunch BaseHead and it should Blacklist the bad plugin on next launch

Manually Blacklisting Plugins

Currently it seems that some iLok plugins will not work and seems to be the older plugins.
For example Slate Digital Plugins and GRM Tools version 3 work fine, but GRM version 2 and older SoundToys Plugs do not.
We are checking into this still, but you can easily blacklist a whole folder of plugins by clicking the BlackList Tab and then the green ADD icon and typing the folder name like i.e “grm” to avoid scanning any plugins in that folder ever again.

Plugins that throw up soft errors (i.e. Nuendo’s built in Chopper plugin) will warn you that you need Nuendo to run it can also be manually blacklisted by just adding the words “chopper” to the blacklist. This way you never have to look at that warning again the next time you re-scan.

NOTE: Clearing the Blacklist will also clear this list if you want to do a full fresh scan.

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Presets

To store presets just click the green ADD icon and to remove them press the orange REMOVE icon like everywhere else in the program.

Presets are saved in these locations if you want to do a mass delete or copy to another PC or Mac

PC:
C:\Users\Documents\BaseHead 5.x\Presets\VST

Mac:
/Users/OSX/Library/Application Support/BaseHead/Presets

VST Tails
This setting is for when you are using reverb or delays so you can add extra time to the end of a file to not cut off the plugin decay.
(Not working with AIF files yet)

And of course we have a video for the lazy people out there….8)

[Video] Using VSTs and Rewire (v4.x)

Pitch FX Axis

Ultra Only

On the bottom half of the Process Panel we have the pitchFX Axis controls to play with.

It’s a standard type X/Y axis control with two different pitching modes to choose from. (pitchFX and stretch).

Just grab the green ball and whip it around to hear the difference and have fun with it! 8)

Record the crazy sounding results to your DAW.

Version 5.1 allows live recording of the audio output to a file using the Record button in the transport bar.

NOTE: where ever you left the pitch ball last will be heard when the file is processed.

Reverse File (Ctrl+R)

You can also create a temporary reversed a file from this panel also by pressing the ‘Reverse’ button

VST FAQ:

Why don’t I see my Soundtoys plugins show up on BaseHead Mac?
These are internally blacklisted. They all crash during processing.
We reached out to the company a while back for help debugging the problem and they were less then helpful basically saying that BaseHead in not a DAW they care about supporting.
So we banned them.

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