Gigcaster 8 is a powerful all-in-one audio command centre purpose-built for musicians who livestream and create audio and video content. It delivers all the tools you need for professional sound in a single desktop interface, along with quick-access live control via faders, knobs, eight assignable pads, and a vivid colour touchscreen. Plug in a guitar or bass and play with flagship-level GT amps and effects. Connect mics and process voices with studio-grade processing from the VE series. Or bring in a keyboard or drum machine using the line inputs. You can mix a total of eight sources as you stream, including background music and sound from a remote guest or student. Adding in external control support, recording to microSD media, and more, Gigcaster 8 is an essential partner for music performers, remote educators, podcasters, and anyone creating music-focused media.
With Gigcaster 8, you can stream and jam with impressive guitar and bass tones without the need for external processing. Just plug into the front-panel jack and start rocking with premium amps and effects ported from the top-line GT-1000. Versatile preset patches provide 100 ready-to-play sounds, while 200 user locations are available for storing parameter tweaks and custom-built setups. A built-in tuner is always at hand, a vital tool for every session. And with extensive control support via footswitches, expression pedals, and the GA-FC or GA-FC EX, you can operate your rig hands-free as you perform.
Gigcaster 8 features four XLR/TRS combo inputs for additional gear and playing along with other musicians. Tap into broadcast-quality XLR mic sounds with low-noise preamps, wide dynamic range, and phantom power support. Or use the 1/4-inch jacks for any electronic musical instrument. Dedicated vocal effects from the popular VE series allow you to sing with effects like compression, pitch correction, delay, and reverb, and you can even dial up harmonies that automatically follow a set key. Effects are also available for speaking—including fun transformer effects that change the sound of your voice—along with console effects to enhance the sounds of connected sources.
Gigcaster 8 puts a deep array of powerful mixing and audio routing features at your fingertips. Along with the four primary input channels, there are dedicated stereo channels for the sound pads, analog aux input, onboard Bluetooth®, and USB. Each mixer channel includes various sound-shaping options for pro mixing on the fly. Gigcaster 8 can also communicate with multiple computer audio channels over USB, providing lots of flexibility for different streaming applications and working with remote guests, DAW music tracks, game audio, and more.
Along with its versatile connectivity and great sound, Gigcaster 8 offers many tools to keep your streams filled with engaging content. Play music from a mobile device via Bluetooth® or a wired connection and use the ducking function to automatically reduce the volume as you speak over it. Eight sound pads are also available for triggering theme songs, sound effects, sample loops, and backing tracks, configured in eight pad banks for a total of 64 on-demand sounds. Pre-loaded factory samples are included, and you can set up your own custom libraries using the Gigcaster 8 App.
With the colour touch display and intuitive panel controls, you can easily configure and operate Gigcaster 8 using nothing but the hardware. Mix sources with the faders and mute buttons, view signal levels on screen, quickly access and edit effects, and apply noise suppression, de-essing, and other tools for a polished sound. You can go even further with the Gigcaster 8 App, tweaking various parameters on your computer’s screen as you work.
Gigcaster 8 offers configurable features to suit any streaming style. The sound pads switch to effect mode at the touch of a button, giving you 64 command sources for quick sound changes as you play. Up to four effects controls can be assigned to each pad, including preset selection, bypass, and more. It’s also possible to control pad assignments via external footswitches for hands-free access. MIDI over USB is supported as well, providing advanced control of music, video, and streaming applications that respond to MIDI commands. Offering 32-bit/48 kHz audio quality, Gigcaster 8 is a recording powerhouse for capturing livestreams, archiving jams, or creating full song productions. Onboard WAV recording is supported via optional microSD media, and you can choose to capture the stereo mix output or a multitrack performance either pre- or post-fader. Control recording/playback with dedicated panel buttons and use the convenient mark function to flag points and speed up editing in post-production. Gigcaster 8 is also a 20x14 USB interface, providing a professional front-end for your favourite music production software.