More Macro knobs?
Shane, I've been using the Macro knobs for mix level controls in multi layered patches, but I'm often forced to choose between live volume control of layers and controlling other parameters - Is there any way of getting more Macro knobs, or an alternative to controlling a layer's mix level other than with a macro?
I've been working on ideas for this. Do you want to control layer levels using MIDI only, or do you need to automate in a DAW?
Not only would I like to see 16 macro knobs by default, I think it would be great if Unify allowed the ability to switch between different banks of 16 macro knobs via key switches, MIDI CC#, keyboard shortcut keys or other methods. Ideally, macro assignments could be duplicated across banks so certain macros could be available regardless of which bank you currently have selected.
Also, sending MIDI feedback out of Unify would be nice so that LED rings around encoders would update to match the actual values.
And, yes, DAW automation please.
As I mentioned several months ago in another thread, it would also be cool if the macro controls, MIDI Keyboard, Transport Controls, and even the Patch Browser windows could be undocked/re-docked from the main Unify window.
Finally, is there a need to have each copy of Unify embedded as a layer to have its own Macro, MIDI Keyboard and Transport windows? Or should one copy of these windows be shared across all instances?
Very interesting suggestion about switching between banks of macros -- I will look into that. The new copy/paste features coming in Unify v1.2 will simplify duplication of functionality.
Which MIDI controllers do you know of that have "LED rings around encoders"? I'd like to learn more about that.
DAW automation is possible already; all 8 Macro parameters are exposed to the DAW.
Your ideas about window structures are interesting, but will entail a great deal of work. It will be some time before I can address them.
MIDI controllers with LED rings around encoders that I own include the MIDI Fighter Twister, Behringer X-Touch mini, Akai APC40 mkII. Many others feature them as well, but of all of them, the MIDI Fighter is my favorite. It has excellent built quality.
I wasn't really thinking about DAW automation, but that would be great! I was just thinking more from a sound design/performance standpoint inside Unify.
Now, though, I've been thinking about it even more, and wouldn't it be amazing if...
Picture a MIDI control surface like a Launch Control XL, or similar.
Now build a multi-layered Unify patch and inside of each instrument layer, have macro knobs assigned to performance controls on each individual instrument, and layer effect.
Then, have knobs assigned to global parameters for the overall patch (including effects, etc) and the sliders assigned to levels, and switches assigned to channel mute/solo, or any other interesting on/off parameter you could imagine.
This would be an absolute beast of a sound design/performance setup, and if it all could be captured in a DAW, it would be even more amazing.
I know I'm asking a lot, but this would be beyond a game changer for me.
the Nocturn has led feedback on eight rotaries.
Hardware: ROLI Seaboard, ROLI Lightpad, LinnStrument, Native Instruments S61, CC121
Software: Cubase 10.5 pro, Native Instruments, Equator, Cypher2, Strobe2, Union, Ascension
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I'm sure you'll get a chuckle out of the fact that when Unify was first announced, I was one of the people who said "Why would I ever want or need something like that?", and decided to just take a chance on getting it to make sure I wasn't missing something - Well, I figured out really quickly how great and useful it was, and I'm so thankful that you and John have turned it into such an amazing tool. Even if nothing else were ever added or changed, it would be one of my most favorite and essential creation tools, and knowing that it's only going to get better is really like a dream.
Thank you for being so interested in what we as end users are looking for, and also for being so responsive to implementing changes, fixes, and new features. It really is appreciated.