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After Unifying thousands of patches am now favoriting the best sounds ..
For example favoriting basses in Omnisphere (unifed) in UNify .. 
I have to press F like every second patch - simply as the patches are that good.
The issue is now - that favorizing 50% helps a bit but is not really cool.
SOME of them are just AMAZING .. get a heart too, I have to write them down or save them to my user library which is not really a usable approach.

Easy solutions:
1. Have multiple levels
whether it could be parametrized how much levels or we have 10 which is enough

2. How to select:
A) If we would have only like 5 levels this could be implemented very easily.
Just Press F multiple times and the color of the heart changes or the picture changes like 
a heart with 1, 2, ... 5 inside the heart .. would already be very helpful
A repetitive Press of F changes the value 
no press = no heart
first press = heart with 1
second press = heart with 2 

B) Another approach would be to define keys to change it :

1 = HEART with 1

2 = HEART with 2

I guess this would have a real value at least to me, but I also guess to others.

Another advantage of the (1-0) Approach.
The numbers could have personal meanings  like
0-5 Rankings like stars

6 nice for EDM music

7 nice for Rock Music

C) Define CCs to switch the favorizing with your masterkeyboard

CCXX = 0

CC XX = 1



D) Define Note Values to select

Go into a ranking mode in Unify

use 10 Keys of the upper or lower octave to rank 

What do you think about this approaches?

Greets, Steffen

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Thanks, Steffen. Some really good ideas here.

Adding more levels to the favorites system has been on the to-do list for quite a long time. The main challenge is how to present this in the GUI, and also design questions, such as how many types of "favorite" are supported, and is there one type with a range (e.g. 0-5), or multiple binary types (John suggested using the common playing-card icons Heart, Club, Diamond, Spade, where each one can be on or off), or something else.

The problem is that, as you observed yourself, people will want to use the "favorite" system in different ways. There is no clear answer yet.

I like your idea of pressing the F key (or clicking the heart icon) multiple times to cycle through multiple levels.

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@getdunne at least I think using the f to step through all items would be the easiest to implement.

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Please refer to this excerpt from the manual to review the ability to use "Library Subsets"

We have approached this idea with Library subsets which let you reduce how many libraries you are searching through. This alternative to favorites and actually is quite helpful, since you can name your subset whatever you like.Using the Library Selector

Starting with Unify v1.7, you will see a “…” button to the right of the library-selector menu:

Clicking the “…” button opens the new Library Subset view, which allows you to select a subset of the libraries on your system, rather than having to see all of them, in order to de-clutter the library-selector menu. Having defined a library subset, you can save it as a named Library-SubsetPreset for later reuse.

  • Power-user shortcut: Right-click the “…” button (or hold down CTRL while left-clicking) to pop up a menu of available library-subset presets(explained below).

The Library Subset view includes the following controls, listed from top to bottom:

  • The Close button returns the sidebar to the usual patch-browser view.
  • The current preset name is shown next to “Preset:”.
  • The All Libraries, Load, and Save… buttons are described in detail below.
  • The large library list at the bottom shows ALL libraries in Unify's patch database, and allows you to select which subset of them you would like to work with.

Defining a library subset

The library list will scroll if necessary. It's a multi-selection list, like others in the Unify GUI, and works as follows:

  • Click (no modifiers) to select an item, and simultaneously de-select all others
  • CTRL + Click (CMD + Click on Mac) to toggle an item's selection
  • SHIFT + Click to select a range of items (click 1st item, Shift+click last in the range)

If NO libraries are selected, then they are ALL effectively selected. Clicking the All Libs button will de-select all list items and return to this condition. If ANY libraries are selected, the set of selected libraries defines the current libraries preset.

If you select one or more libraries, the current preset name will change to “Unsaved Library Subset”, indicating that you have changed the current subset, but haven't yet saved this subset as a preset. This unsaved subset is entirely usable; if you click the Close button, the first item in the main library-selector menu will change to “All: Unsaved Library Subset”, and when you click it, you will see that this is followed by only the libraries you selected, like this:

(In this case, exactly four libraries had been selected.) Note that clicking the Reset button at the top of the patch browser will now revert to showing only the libraries in the current preset. If you want to go back to seeing ALL libraries, click the “…” button, then the “All Libraries” button, then “Close”.

Saving and re-loading library-subset presets

Having defined a subset, you can save it as a named preset by clicking the Save… button.

  • A standard file-save dialog will appear, and should already be prepared to save the preset file (as a .txt file) in the Presets/Library Subsetssub-folder inside the main Unify data folder.
  • Navigate down into any sub-folder if you wish.
  • Type a name for your preset as the new file name; Unify will add the .txt extension automatically.
  • Click the Save button.

Once you have saved your preset, its name will be displayed above the row of three buttons, and will also be shown instead of “Unsaved LibrarySubset” when you click Close to return to the main view.

Unify will remember the last library preset you saved/loaded, and will automatically load that the next time you run it. Remember, to revert to all libraries: Click “…”, then “All Libraries”, then “Close”.

  • If the last library subset you were using before closing Unify was unsaved, Unify will NOT remember this; it will open next time with all libraries selected.

To re-load one of your saved library-subset presets, click the Load button. This will pop up a menu of all ''.txt' files under the Presets/LibrarySubsets folder, with sub-menus for any sub-folders you may have created, like this:

To load a preset, roll your mouse until the preset you want is highlighted, and then release the mouse button. The current preset name will be updated, and of course also the libraries menu in the main view.

-Instead of having redundant categories of favorites with different colors you can create subsets and use them to manage your use of different libraries as well as favorites. I hope you find this helpful. Thanks for your patience and support.


Taylor Harris

PlugInGuru Staff