Standalone Multichannel I/O
This is Dave, the guy who was bugging Shane about MIDI 2.0 stuff with another request that's probably a huge ask. I'd like multichannel I/O in the standalone. Couple of use cases:
I have an old software drum machine I love, fxpansion Tremor, that will never be apple silicon native and I very much enjoy the snappy performance of Ableton running native. So I can run Tremor standalone and send it MIDI sync over IAC. Works OK. I can send individual outputs using the virtual I/O in my UAD Apollo and record multichannel output from Tremor into a daw that way. A bit unwieldy, but it works. There are a bunch of other software instruments that it would be nice to run standalone this way for various reasons. The more of that stuff you have going on, however, the more the unwieldiness multiplies--for reasons of MIDI control, relative sync offsets, remembering which virtual channels are used for what, etc. Plus you end up swimming in open app windows and have to remember to save everything individually and every time you want to work on something again you have to open and restore multiple things. So you can see where Unify could come in handy, there. But I can't stream multichannel audio from Unify standalone into a daw, so I'd have to record everything one stereo pair at a time. That's enough of a bummer to not consider Unify for this.
I also like using Amplitube 5 standalone to process guitar and bass while recording, also using the UAD virtual I removed link But I can only process one instrument live at a time this way. If I want to record two guitarists or a guitar and a bass, only one can have live Amplitube processing. Unify could save me there, too, if it could do multichannel I/O in standalone.
I could try Mainstage for this type of stuff, and I guess I will if Unify is not going to be able to do it. Or maybe Vienna Ensemble Pro. Both of those have drawbacks, though, and I'd be happier if Unify could do what I need.
That's it. I'd happy to explain further if needed.
Multi-channel I/O has been requested by several users. I made a very preliminary test implementation, which needs quite a bit of work to make it ready for prime time. I hope to get to this soon, but all of my time has gone into Apple Silicon native support for Mac, which apparently still has a few issues.
Have you looked at Blue Cat's Connector? You should be able to put an instance on multiple Unify tracks (as an audio-effect), and transmit to multiple instances on separate tracks in your DAW.
@getdunne Yeah, it's probably one of those "something to think about for the future" things, eh?
Unexpectedly, I did discover that the Intel wrapper works for Tremor in Unify running as a native plugin. Bravo. Did not think that would be possible. No idea how you did that.
I have looked at Blue Cat connector, but didn't think of it for this. Worth a look. Thank you.