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Using Unify with Gig Performer

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(@sjmarano)
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A new Unify user here.  In an exchange I just had with Shane on this forum, he mentioned that there might be several Unify customers who use it with Gig Performer for real time performance control.  I am considering acquiring a license to Gig Performer as well, namely to make Unify patch changes simultaneously with patch changes in two hardware synths. I am aware of how one can can select specific Unify patches by using a prescribed file naming scheme that corresponds to CC#0 and CC#32, effectively creating banks of Unify patches.  And of course the two hardware synths are each controlled via program changes.  

My reason for posting here:  I'd like to know how Unify users have configured Gig Performer to make Unify patch changes.  My understanding from an initial read of Gig Performer's documentation is that the designers discourage configuring GP to send direct program changes to plug-ins and external instruments, and instead to create individual 'rack spaces' that are hardwired to the specific combination of patches one wants to make.  But considering that there are probably at least a dozen or so patches that I would consider to be 'favorites' for each hardware device as well as for Unify, the number  of combinations of patches would give rise to an unwieldy number of rack spaces to create.  What I would prefer to do - if possible - is to set up a single Gig Performer rack space that contained three 'program change selection" widgets, with each widget responsible for issuing a program change parameter to one of the three instruments.  Then I could use a device like a StreamDeck or an iPad app like TouchOSC or MIDI Designer that would allow me to set up virtual pads, with each pad being assigned a unique combination of the three program changes I might desire.  

I'm not sure if this is even possible in Gig Performer, or even if my explanation of what I'd like to do is clear.  But I'd welcome any insight into how Unify users here have configured Gig Performer setups to work in conjunction with Unify.


   
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(@getdunne)
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@sjmarano

Somehow your post slipped through the cracks while I was moving across the country, so I'm only seeing this now.

I have written to my contact at Deskew Technologies to ask his advice. They had given us NFR licenses for Gig Performer 3 (and we had given them licenses for Unify) back in 2020, but these don't work for the latest GPv4, so I have asked if we could get updated ones. I installed GPv4 on the 14-day free trial for now, and it was just enough for me to determine that the only web pages I could find about this were outdated.

My general understanding is that GP4 can be configured to send MIDI bank and program changes to plug-ins (either generating them internally, or relaying messages that come in from a MIDI controller), but that this approach is not the recommended one. GP4 provides the ability to define "variations" of each rackspace, in which you would load various patches into Unify (and/or other plug-ins), and associate each with a specific incoming bank/program selections from your controller. Their powerful "predictive loading" feature should ensure that only those variations which are needed for the current song actually get loaded at any given time, which should obviate the RAM loading problem.

I'll write more when I hear back from my contact at Deskew, and if we're lucky, he may find time to sign up on this forum and answer directly.


   
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(@sjmarano)
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Thanks for getting back, and I'm glad you reached out to Deskew.   Hopefully they'll get back to you.  FYI,  they are very close to releasing Version 5 of the software, though my guess is it will primarily be focused on adding functionality in the form of modules.  I would be surprised if there's an architectural shift.  And for the record, I did acquire a license to Gig Performer and I am going through the learning curve now. 


   
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