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How do we make .guru files?


robosax
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Hi,

I'm working on a project with another Unify user who isn't very computer savvy.  I have to guide him every time where to put the Unify patches and related MIDI files.  It'd be so much easier if I could just send him a .guru file that he can just drag & drop into Unify.  How can I make .guru files?

thanks,

robo


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Patrick Smith
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Shane's reply from an earlier post:

A .guru file is just a renamed .zip file, structured so that when it is unpacked in the main Unify data folder, all the zipped files will go into the right places. For a library, the MOST important thing is to create a dummy Libraries folder, put your patch-library folder inside, and then zip the dummy Libraries folder, NOT the patch-library folder.

Here are the steps (written for Mac; PC is very similar):

  1. Go to Unify’s main Libraries folder in the Mac Finder, and locate the sub-folder for YOUR patch library.
  2. Create a new sub-folder which is ALSO called Libraries, sibling to your patch library sub-folder.
  3. Drag your patch-library folder into this new Libraries sub-folder. (This is temporary.)
  4. Right-click the Libraries sub-folder and choose to compress it.
  5. Rename the compressed file as <your library name>.guru
  6. Move your original patch-library folder back out of the dummy Libraries sub-folder.
  7. Optionally, delete the now-empty Libraries sub-folder. (It’s harmless to leave it there, as long as it’s empty.)

There's a useful illustration in the Unify manual at https://pluginguru.net/unify/manual/doku.php?id=manual-guru-unpack#open_the_new_folder_and_unify_s_data_folder.


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robosax
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Thanks for your help, Patrick! 

Just one more question... where do the MIDI Files go?  Should they be a sub-folder of Libraries or of the Patches folder?

 

 


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getdunne
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@robosax

Under Unify's main Libraries folder, there should be one folder per library. Each of those library folders will always have a Patches folder (where the .unify files live), but may also have others including MIDI FilesSamplesAudio Files, Impulse Responses, and Media (where per-patch images live).

Have a look at the Unify Standard Library folder to get an idea about the expected structure.


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robosax
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Thanks Shane!  It makes much more sense now.  Can hardly wait to try it out! 😎 


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Ballademaker
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@robosax i got the demo of unify is awesome, will get full version soon. To make own guru file  ,would be great since i do ambient music.  I have ob xd and dexed and furly 800   and omnisphere2. 6    so  then all library unify has   is a killer.  Will be exiting journy. To get knowing unify is deep.

Ivar F Hansen/ballademaker


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