Unify by PluginGuru; The next big thing?

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431 posts since 14 Sep, 2016

Post Wed Dec 01, 2021 12:55 pm

plexuss wrote:
Wed Dec 01, 2021 11:14 am
When I open Serum in Unify I lose all the envelope decay: when I lift a key the sound abruptly stops. Opening the same patch in Serum outside of Unify the decay works as intended. Any one else notice this? Bug? I will report it if it is.
Check Serum's Global Preferences, see if the "Silence note + effect tails when host transport stops" is set to ON. If you need to switch it off, make sure to click the disk icon above, to save the change.

755 posts since 27 Oct, 2011 from Pacific Northwest

Post Wed Dec 01, 2021 3:21 pm

tony10000 wrote:
Wed Dec 01, 2021 11:11 am
So, how are you using Unify in your workflow? I am using it mostly for layering and like the fact that I can use layers in the different DAWs that I use.
  • I use it for layering as well.
  • I also like using the standalone without having to start my DAW. The standalone allows me to quickly get to work. I can create and edit. And with a touch screen, I can even play and demo stuff using the on-screen keyboard. I don't do that often, but it's another nice part of it for me.
  • Another, nice (and unique to me) feature is how you can pre-define a tempo on a patch rather than having it follow the host. I play live and have my entire set of sounds loaded into Ableton Live. I used to assign buttons on my keyboard to switch Live's tempo and was a step I wanted to avoid. I've forgotten and then the delay isn't right. That problem is gone using Unify. It's one of the most useful features for me.

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228 posts since 9 Mar, 2017

Post Sat Dec 04, 2021 12:00 pm

padillac wrote:
Tue Nov 30, 2021 5:39 pm
Would you be willing to consider changing it so it doesn't steal keyboard focus?
I hope to, and I've tried more than once over the past three years, but this turns out to be more complicated than you might expect. It's definitely still on the to-do list, and in the meantime, all I can say is that I appreciate everyone's patience.
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687 posts since 27 Nov, 2011

Post Sat Dec 04, 2021 12:25 pm

Cool, thanks for the info

116 posts since 24 Jul, 2006

Post Sun Dec 05, 2021 2:35 pm

Ironically, I struggle with the opposite problem, plugins where I can't get the plugin window to receive keystrokes that instead end up triggering DAW shortcuts (in cakewalk mostly, but I've had it happen in reaper too).


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300 posts since 30 Nov, 2007

Post Fri Jan 07, 2022 8:54 pm

Plugin Guru did a nice walk-through of its' "MegaMagic Keys"...


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74 posts since 26 Mar, 2004 from Los Angeles

Post Fri Jan 07, 2022 9:14 pm

Love this, Frank!

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9433 posts since 30 Apr, 2019

Post Thu Jan 20, 2022 10:35 pm

Just been playing around with Blue Cat's Connector which allows you to freely route MIDI and Audio around not only an app (like a DAW), but also a local PC and a wider network. It looks like it easily allows certain functionality in apps like Unify that aren't currently supported e.g. routing MIDI from a layer to an external instrument, routing audio to an external effect and getting it back so for instance I can add my Korg NTS-1's Albedo cloud reverb as a Unify send effect. I also just did a simple test where I used one midi effect layer to sent MIDI out of Unify, transposed it in the DAW and sent it back to another midi layer and it was received seamlessly and it permits the holy grail I've been after which is to find a quick way to force all MIDI to a scale when I want it to, but to have a way to not use that when I am using something with keyswitches.
https://www.bluecataudio.com/Products/P ... Connector/
Coolest feature isn't a unify thing necessarily, but it's that if you have a mac and pc on the same network you can have plugins on one and call them from the other computer. I bought a cheapo mac mini ages ago and I can probably now get the multitrack USB audio straight from my TR-8S into individual BC Connector outputs and pick them up in my DAW, freeing up an entire 8 port MicPre I'm using with physical outputs. Latency is supposed to be negligible, but obviously I'll have to try it out first before I can say it definitely works. I know someone with the Vienna software and they've been able to do this sort of thing before so I imagine it'll work fine. Adding an M1 mac mini at some point for plugins and audio processing without having to chuck away all my Windows stuff would be glorious.

It's pretty cool, RRP on intro is $39, but got it for $34.71 at JRR Shop using the "forum" coupon code.

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