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How do you use Unify? What are your favorite features?


Tiger
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Hi,

I'm planning a video on my favorite features in Unify.   I'd like to hear what yours are.  What are the things you do the most with Unify!

Maybe you have some things you like which will become my favorite features! 😀 

Thanks!


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terrybritton
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I am starting to think that layer-switching is starting to become my favorite feature.

Of course, obviously, the immediacy of trying out new layering combinations (where every patch in every plugin you own is available as a layer!) is HUGE, but once I have those established and have sets of patches created that I will be utilizing often, the layer switching makes those complex setups amazingly rich. It is "subtractive layer synthesis", isn't it? 😉

Also, of course, the switching would not be nearly as amazing without the incredible abilities the KNOBS and their assignments give us.

Terry


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SSquared
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One of my favorite features is the ability to have each Unify instance maintain its own BPM, separate from my DAW (Ableton Live).  I play live to a click and use arps and tempo-based sounds.  I used to have buttons on my controller and use MIDI CC to change the tempo in Ableton, but it is not the greatest, especially if I had to change tempo while another tempo-based sound was fading out.  Now I save all my sounds with their proper BPM and I no longer worry about this onstage anymore.  It's truly one of my favorite features of Unify.

Ableton Live 10, Omnisphere, Native Instruments (Pianos), Spire, Hammer + Waves, Heavyocity (Ascend and Mosaic Keys), Diva, SynthMaster, Alchemy 1.55, Addictive Keys, Unify


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ek songs
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@terrybritton Hi Terry-when you say "layer switching" is that a simple way to jump from one complete layer to another on the fly? Using the macro knobs or possibly something else?

Cheers-

EddieK


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Tiger
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@ssquared This is so interesting!  I would never have thought of that. 


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terrybritton
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Posted by: @ek-songs

@terrybritton Hi Terry-when you say "layer switching" is that a simple way to jump from one complete layer to another on the fly? Using the macro knobs or possibly something else?

Cheers-

EddieK

Yes, using a macro knob, which can then be automated via a learned CC #. You can set up the macro knob in many ways to make this work.

Study this example John provided attached below. That should get you started. Definitely explore the stepped curves. You can make them turn on and off in cascades of several at a time by adding more linked parameters that work in parallel with a single knob, or send switch values into the knob.

When you have added a few layers and add a Link Parameter to a layer's MIDIenable, right-click on the curve area and it will offer to let you use some ready-made presets, with calculated 2, 3, 4, and 5 step curves and such. You'll get the idea.

The manual has a bunch of stuff in there on this feature. Start here:

INST/MIDI layer enable/disable

Terry

 


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getdunne
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Hi everyone. If you have a moment, please respond to new user @kailab on this post. He's seeking input about what users find most compelling about Unify, for a new German-language video series.


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Sonasrec
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Workflow is the most compelling thing for me

 

I have spent time creating folders of all my favourite sounds from every genre. They're organised in folders called 'pianos', 'pads', 'reggae', 'EDM', 'LoFi'  etc.

 

When I open a new template in pro tools or logic, it consists of 8 blank instrument instances of unify.

 

With this start, i have access to all my sounds in every genre and it's not as specific as opening a template with every sound ready to go (sometimes using templates can lead to every track sounding the same)

 

Unify brings all my favourite patches from every plug in to one place for easy and quick access and gets me where I want to be quicker.

 

 

 

 


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