2 greats features to add to the Unify browser
2 greats features to add to the Unify browser
swaping patchs (for unify layers)
a new button shuffle preset list, like Arturia V-collection
when you have ton's of presets (ie. 200 bass in the select list) it's a great feature to randomly select presets
see attached for the screenshot
To swap patches in an embedded Unify instance, open that instance's GUI and select a different patch from ITS patch browser.
I'll look into adding a random patch-select button.
@getdunne maybe a simple dice icon that will randomly pick a patch- and a way to do it just for the current library you are in- maybe a shift click dice or right click dice
I‘m a fan of creating random mixed sound combinations since the days when I was sending random MIDI-Program-Changes to my DX7, TX216, Rhodes Chroma etc. in the 80ies.
Since Unify is THE TOOL for such sound creations & MIDI-PCs are a dying species, I REALLY like the idea of randomly picking a patch out of a library very much (dice should be MIDI-bangable to bang several layers/patches at once ...). What a playground ...
Thanks & best regards
I've brought this up several times also but here's more on my thoughts. Should probably just stick to the 'Unified' libraries for now since they're all the same file type. There are now 250+ Categories listed under the All Libraries portion of the browser which complicates things quite a bit.
For Simplicity and what I think would appease most people since what we're after is just a random set of sounds.
Make it SUPER simple (at least in the beginning), maybe have another insert under 'Instruments' that allows you to select how many layers you'd like to randomize. That's it! For example, let's say you want 3 layers - select 3, and then this would output 3 random patches from within your 'Unified' library list of thousands of patches. If you don't like it, just click again until something interesting happens. May have to wait a bit given what you're pulling but that's fine. From there, having the ability to save something awesome as a favorite would be insane.
If able to go beyond this, select number of layers along with which Categories to pull from.
I DO believe this is the game changer of all game changers sound-wise (aside from 3D 5.1 or higher surround, etc., maybe both integrate later). I tried to get a programmer friend to look into this prior to Unify years ago but was told too complex given each company has there own formats so it died there. This CAN and should happen with 'Unified' libraries though, this would also be HUGE for you guys from a selling point I'd think. If John showcased this in a livestream as a new feature, everyone would tell everyone but that's just my opinion. I know I would!
Well, those are my hopes and if kept simple maybe it can get off the ground.
I TOO believe this is the game changer sound-wise … 😉
Keep in mind that you are able to control the number of libraries under “All Libraries” per moving them out/in of the “PlugInGuru/Unify/Libraries”-folder in Finder/Explorer and doing a library rebuild. This way you could limit/adept the number/kind of sounds/libraries before starting your SUPER simple method.
Having said this, I initially thought of picking the random patch only out of the one library the patch of a layer comes from (if that means something 😉 ).
So I imagine preparing a Unify-patch with the desired number of layers (filled with temporary patches out of the desired libraries), enable the dice for the layers you want to be randomized (must not be all!) and start the picking with the “master dice” or per midi.
Both ways seem reasonable to me. Your SUPER simple method would be more accidental (picking patches out of All (current) Libraries), my way would give more control where the patches come from and giving the chance to keep some sounds you want to build upon.
Hope that makes sense - best regards
I did submit this idea end of last year also and noticed it was getting traction again so thought I'd try to offer some additional support to the idea. Last time I think John and Shane were looking at all libraries in general vs. Unified libraries only which seemed overwhelming at the time. Just trying to give it legs so we have something to work with, will take whichever approach is decided upon. Didn't mean to step on anyone's toes, hopefully this becomes a thing in the next iteration or so 🙂
Most welcome, Brent, thanks for your input - I'm sure John & Shane will come up with something useful ... sooner rather than later ... 😉