Hi - must admit to being a bit confused by some of the Planet Pluck patches - particularly the BPM Arp patches. Many of these don't behave as I would expect - the Combos simply repeat the last note played, rather than arpeggiating all the notes of a chord. (I note that some of the individual components don't do this). Also some of the combos seem to have "dead" layers which don't sound, even though they look as if they should - they are connected to Blue Arp, and have samples loaded in Guru sampler.
I did watch the walkthrough video, but am still a bit confused about how thesee are meant to be used - perhaps John could take us through this in a livestream when he is back?
Yes I have just checked the video again, and John demonstrates the patch BPM Arp Bazooka Combo (after 09.25), which has a melody when he demos it, but in the library the notes just repeat. I assume that there is supposed to be some programming in the Blue Arp which has got lost somehow? I don't think these BPM Arp patches are playing as they should.
At 11.20 He demos BPM ARP Moon Patrol Combo, which again sounds nothing like it should in the library.
I notice that in the library folder there is a sub-folder headed "Blue Arp", but it is empty. Maybe this is the issue? The patches that use MIDI box seem to work normally.
I now realise that the "Dead" layers just have their volume sliders turned down!
Please note what the patch comment in the BPM ARP - Moon Patrol Combo patch says:
BPM ARP patches are patches that typically have a melody to the sequence when you hold down a note. They are designed to play with 1 finger in most cases.
You say "...rather than arpeggiating all the notes of a chord." I suspect the issue here might be the ambiguous tag "ARP". I personally use ARP only for patches which actually arpeggiate the notes of an input chord, and SEQ for patches which play through a programmed note-sequence. Lots of sound designers use ARP for both, and it appears that Frank is among them. In such cases, it's unfortunately up to the end-user to figure out which patches are of which type.
Thanks all for getting this sorted - it turns out that the problem is that John had updated Blue Arp before making the library; I think he had planned to have a section in a livestream a couple of weeks ago to explain about the updating process, but didn't get to it in time, and then didn't come back to it. Updating Blue Arp to the latest version fixes the problem - see his latest short tips video.
I agree Shane that the term "Arp" here is ambiguous, but now that the patches are working properly it is easy to understand what they are meant to do.
For all Mac users on Catalina, Big Sur, and Monterey: You can now download signed/notarized versions of the BlueARP 2.7.3 VST for MacOS (including detailed instructions for updating your Unify setup) from:
For Windows users, a similar .zip file is also available, including the setup instructions for Windows, from:
If there are any problems with either of these, please report here. I plan to incorporate the BlueARP 2.7.3 upgrade into the upcoming Unify v1.7 installers, so I need to know about any issues.
Yes, we made the mistake to update BLUE ARP before we finished the library so you must update BLUE ARP, the bad thing is, some patches are still working with the old version and we don't know why...
Update "Blue Arp" like John showed you in the video and everything is working fine...
Have fun using Planet Pluck!