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Keyboard Shortcuts

Here is a list of keyboard shortcuts available in Unify. Keyboard shortcuts are quick ways to access alternative functions by holding down one or more “modifier keys” on your keyboard while clicking a GUI element with the mouse.


The mouse:

  • Most computer mice have at least two buttons: left and right.
  • “Click” means “left-click” unless otherwise specified
  • “Right-click” means to click with the right button instead of the left one
  • CTRL + Click (hold down the CTRL key while left-clicking) serves as an alternative to “right click” because
    • Many Mac users have a traditional single-button mouse
    • Users with limited hand mobility find the right-click operation difficult

Modifier keys:

  • ALT is called “Option” on the Mac
  • CTRL and SHIFT are the same on both Mac and PC
  • We don't use the Mac CMD (“command”) key, because the corresponding “Windows key” on a PC is technically equivalent, in practice it is hijacked by Windows to open the Start Menu, and hence not available for other uses.
  • We don't distinguish between the SHIFT/ALT/CTRL keys at the left and right ends of the keyboard.

Third-party plug-ins

  • The shortcuts described here apply only in windows which are created by Unify itself, e.g.
    • The main Unify window
    • Linked-parameter windows
    • Built-in (as opposed to bundled) plug-ins
  • Third-party plug-ins (including all the bundled ones like OB-Xd, Digits, etc. have been programmed by other people, and most have their own entirely different shortcut conventions, over which we have no control.

INIT button

  • ALT + Click the INIT button to delete all INST layers except the first
    • (Useful when working with PolyBox

Selecting patches in the patch browser

The lower half of the patch browser is called the chooser.

  • Click (no modifiers) any patch to load that patch, replacing any previously-loaded patch
  • Right-click or CTRL + click any patch to pop up a menu of available operations (shortcuts below provide quick access to some of these)
  • ALT + Click any patch to add its layers to the current patch
    • Not all layers will be added
    • The new patch's Master Effects layer will never be added
    • INST and AUX layers will be added, up to the point where Unify's layer limitsare reached.
  • SHIFT + Click any patch to load it as a new “Unify layer” (INST layer with Unify as the instrument)
    • CTRL + SHIFT + Click is the same, but automatically suppresses pitch-shift settings in any MIDIBox: MIDI file player instances (useful for drum grooves)

After clicking any patch to load it:

  • The cursor-down key on your computer's keyboard selects and loads the next patch in the chooser
  • The cursor-up key selects and loads the previous patch
  • The F key toggles the “heart” icon (favorite status indicator) for the currently-loaded patch

Icon strip

  • ALT + Click the “gear” icon in the icon strip to enable the display of rarely-used or experimental settings

Ops (operations) buttons

“Ops” (operations) buttons, displayed as a small icon of two concentric circles, are used throughout the Unify GUI; clicking them always pops up a menu of available operations for the part of the GUI in which the ops button appears. Holding down ALT (Option) when clicking most ops buttons provides a shortcut to selecting a specific menu item. (I.e., these are true shortcuts. Every function accessible by using ALT/Option is also available on the ops menu.)

Plug-in ops buttons

In Unify's layer-stack view, plug-in instances are indicated by colored boxes containing the plug-in name, an ops-button on the right and (effects only) a “bypass” button on the left.

  • ALT + Click to immediately delete the plug-in (effects only)

Layer ops buttons

A layer ops button appears at the far right end of each layer, and its operations apply to the whole layer.

  • ALT + Click to immediately delete the layer

Curve editors

In any “piecewise curve editor”, where a custom curve can be built from multiple segments (e.g. velocity curve editors):

  • ALT + Click and drag to drag a control point up/down only (left/right position locked)

Number boxes

A number box is any small box in which a number (e.g. -12), or note-name (e.g. C#5) is displayed.

  • Right-click (or CTRL + Click) to pop up a “value editor”
  • ALT + drag in any transpose box to adjust up/down by 12s (octaves)

Parameter sliders/knobs

Parameter sliders includes most kinds of sliders and knobs available in Unify, including layer level, pan, and aux-send controls, and most parameter knobs in built-in plug-ins.

Layer level sliders

  • ALT-drag any one layer level slider to adjust all others by the same relative amount
    • “all others” = level sliders for all INST and AUX layers (if any)
    • “same relative amount” = same number of dB

Macro parameter knobs

See Using Unify's Macro Knobs for real-time control.

  • Right-click (or CTRL + Click) any knob or its ops button to open the ops menu for that knob
  • ALT + Click is a shortcut to the “Linked parameters…” menu item

Parameter knobs in built-in plug-ins

In all of Unify's Built-in plug-ins, you can hold down CTRL while adjusting a knob to make fine adjustments.

Show MIDI view

The Show MIDI view displays colored sliders to indicate the state of the MIDI pitch-bend and up to four selected MIDI CCs (defaults 1, 2, 4, 67).

  • Click/drag in any of these to send the corresponding MIDI messages into Unify
  • Right-click (or CTRL + Click) in any CC indicator to pop up a menu of available MIDI CCs (with standard descriptions where applicable) to change the corresponding CC number.

Multi-selection lists

A multi-selection list is any scrolling list in which it is possible to select (highlight) one or more items. The main examples are in the Plug-in Subsets view and the top half of the patch browser.

  • 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)
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