Unify + Kontakt 6
Hi everybody, I am fairly new to Unify. I would like to learn how to efficiently create Unify splits and layers with Kontakt 6 libraries, which are some of the sounds I use the most, Spitfire, 8dio, etc. I would like to learn to use it along with all kinds of plugins, in the near future as well. I am not sure if I am doing it right, the process it's kind of confusing for me because Kontakt alone can make its own layers, so how to take advantage with Unify please?
Current setup: 2014 MBP 2.8Ghz i7, 16GB RAM, MacOS Catalina, Logic Pro and all my sample libraries are in an external SSD. Thanks in advance.
Hi, here is an example I'm working on: I've got some Kontakt orchestral ensembles - each section on separate Kontakt layer and MIDI channel (multitimbral setup). I use Kushview Element and some 3rd party plugins to process the notes I'm playing on my keyboard on a single MIDI channel, and to distribute processed notes to Kontakt.
On the picture - string section - midi polyphony (each section can play only one note at once) gives low note priority to basses, high note priority to violas etc - the chord can be nicely spread thru different instruments. Giving the priority to the latest notes helps playing the melodies on selected instruments. Additionally, each section has a independent arp/sequencer.
Once it's done, I can automate my performance with pre-programmed key-switches (articulations), arp sequences etc. using Program Change messages placed on NI Maschine automation lanes. Finaly, I can use Program Change on my MIDI keyboard to select one of 128 scenes - each scene contains a combination of different programs per section, ie. scene 1. Strings - Staccato, Brass - Sustains, Woodwinds - off, etc.
Thanks very much for the answers.
Thanks for this. Good to find another Amadeus and Element user. 👍
This looks interesting and I'm curious to know whether you used Element because the same wasn't achievable in ComboBox?
I don't have a Maschine but my MIDI controller has quite a few assignable knobs/sliders/switches which could be used in a similar way.
I must give this a try.
I had some some problems with ComboBox (Unify crashed when nested too deep inside another ComboBox), however, according to Shane, the fix is coming soon. Once done, I'll try to move it to ComboBox to see, how it works (I'll be able to use MIDI player inside the ComboBox to generate Keyswitches ahead of the beat - at the moment KS are generated by BlueArp in sync with the host). I like Element a lot - excellent app!
I just saw that other thread about nested ComboBoxes. Good find!
I agree regarding Element. At $2 it's pretty much a no brainer.
At $2 it's [Element] pretty much a no brainer.
Absolutely. Element author Michael Fisher is a terrific guy, who helped coach me through the tricky process of getting an AAX version of Unify. He tried to do Element as a business venture, failed, and decided to make it a fully open-source project instead.
If you like Element and find it useful, I strongly recommend that you send Michael some money, either by setting up a Tip Jar subscription for a while, or use a contact request to ask him how to do a one-time payment.