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Working with plug-ins

Unify doesn't produce any sound by itself. It relies on plug-ins to produce and modify sound. Unify includes a substantial set of plug-ins, some of which are actually built into the program, and can also work with just about any other plug-ins you own.

Types of plug-ins

Unify can deal with three categories of plug-ins:

  • Built-in plug-ins are part of the Unify program itself
  • Bundled plug-ins include free and/or open-source instruments and effects, whose authors/developers/maintainers have given us permission to distribute with Unify.
  • Other plug-ins you own includes just about all the plug-ins now on your system, and others you may buy later.

Click here for the full list of plug-ins included with Unify.

As you may know, plug-ins also come in various, mutually-incompatible formats. Unify can load any of the following three formats (Audio Units is Mac-only):

  • VST (“virtual studio technology” was developed by (and remains a registered trade mark of) Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.
  • VST3 (VST version 3) is a newer format also developed by Steinberg.
  • Audio Units (AU) is a format developed by Apple Corporation.

There are a handful of other formats which Unify cannot use, most notably AAK (Avid Audio eXtension), a proprietary format developed by Avid Technology, Inc. for use with their Pro Tools DAW.

Unify itself comes as a stand-alone app and as a plug-in, in VST, VST3, and Audio Unit formats. (An AAX version of Unify may be available at some time in the future, but even it would not be able to load AAX plug-ins.)

Unify's plug-in database

Unify maintains a simple database of plug-ins it knows about, which includes details like the plug-in name, manufacturer name, format (e.g. VST, AU, etc.), and the path to the folder where the plug-in is stored.

You can inspect the contents of this database by clicking on the plug icon near the bottom-right corner of the Unify GUI (highlighted in blue-green in the following screenshot). This is called the plug-ins view. (Note some details, such as folder paths, don't appear in this view, but they are still present in the database.)

This plug-in database is automatically populated with details about Unify's built-in and bundled plug-ins, but other plug-ins on your computer must be registered with Unify, so it can add them to its database. This can be done in either of two ways:

  1. Drag-and-drop: To register one or a few plug-ins at a time, locate the plug-in file(s) and drag its icon directly onto Unify's plug-ins view.
  2. Scan: You can also have Unify scan your system to locate plug-ins, as described in the next section.
plugins.txt · Last modified: 2019/11/29 01:06 by shane