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motu unisyn 2.11 for Mac OSX?????? (2004 article)
« on: November 24, 2016, 10:24:39 AM »
reccommended for use with MAC OS X TIGER 10.4.11 or PANTHER 10.3.9

**best os to run this on: hmm, INTEL Tiger? PPC Tiger? PPC Leopard?
reports of it working on Intel SLeopard thanks to Rosetta powerpc support

What are the system requirements for Unisyn 2?
System Requirements for Unisyn 2

Unisyn version 2 has the following system requirements:

For Mac OS 9 and earlier:
PowerPC G3 CPU or faster
2 MB RAM or more
Mac OS version 8.5 to 9.2.2
CD-ROM drive for installation and authorization

For Mac OS X:
Unisyn version 2.1 or later is required
PowerPC G3 CPU 233 MHz or faster, including all PowerPC G4 and G5 CPUs.
Not supported on Intel-based Macs.
128 MB RAM or more
Mac OS X version 10.2, 10.3, or 10.4; v10.2.4 or later is recommended. Mac OS X v10.5 or later is not supported
CD-ROM drive for installation and authorization

Unisyn 2.1.1 for OS X

a review by
M.G. (Shooshie) Roberts

(edited June 3, 2005--see below)

There was a time when MIDI synthesizer librarians were dedicated to individual synths, each one costing more than anyone wanted to spend, but the practicality and ease they brought to the programming of those old MIDI boxes made them essential to anyone who had tried programming through the awkward interfaces on the front panels. Still, in a studio with many synths, the expense piled up rather quickly, as did the key-disks and the inconvenience of dealing with so many pieces of software which essentially did the same thing, just to different MIDI boxes. So, it was only natural that someone should come along and unify these applications into one librarian that could do it all.

Mark of the Unicorn introduced Unisyn, their UNIversal SYNthesizer librarian, in the mid-1990s to high acclaim. While it did not fit any particular synth as smoothly as the dedicated apps that preceded it, the advantages of programming all of your synths in "unison" greatly outweighed the minor, mostly cosmetically exposed seams in this amazing workhorse of an application. Opcode introduced its all-in-one librarian called Galaxy around the same time. Sadly, Opcode and all its librarians are now history.

Unlike its more famous MOTU cousins, Performer and Digital Performer, Unisyn did not go through a lot of revisions. During its entire tenure in the "Classic" Macintosh era, up through OS 9, it only made it up to version 1.5. During the massive Mac-Exodus from OS 9 to OS X, Unisyn version 2.0 was first released for OS 9, as a Carbon app (cross platform), but its OS X counterpart took well over another year to be released. Happily, the wait was over in mid-February of 2004, when Unisyn for OS X began shipping with very little fanfare, 9 months after the release of Digital Performer version 4.0. With a rack of synths, I was greatly relieved to get it, and I have been using it ever since. Fully Core-MIDI compatible, Unisyn filled a gaping hole in available music applications for OS X.

Unisyn can handle hundreds of synths--theoretically an infinite number, since it has an interface framework in which an independent developer writes a "Profile" of any given synthesizer which tells Unisyn how to talk to that device. Unisyn comes with over 250 profiles, which means you can run a lot of devices with one application. Each synth's profile operates on the same principle: download banks of patches/programs/setups etc., from your synth. Store them in editable files. Edit patches in a graphic editor that makes programming your synth at least tolerable and not a hair-pulling, nail-biting experience as is so common when attempted with those tiny windows on synthesizer front panels. Unisyn stores these banks in groups organized by device. (K2600, Proteus 2000, DX-7II, etc.)

These stored banks or "snapshots" become your reference points. Create a new document, which is generic for all devices, and you can drag & drop banks from your snapshots to your new document in order to create searchable meta-libraries containing all your patches/programs/setups. Unisyn knows what they are, where they go, how to catalogue them, how to keyword them, and in cases where a program or patch has dependencies, Unisyn automatically finds those and keeps track of them, too. You can create a library of instruments for certain projects. Or make one for each instrument type (guitars, basses, brass, etc.). Or, you can just put them all in one big library and use the search command to find individual instruments as needed for upload. "Upload," meaning, send them to your device and load into an available slot. Unisyn makes it easy.

With Unisyn 2, prior experience is not necessarily an advantage. In version 2, I learned that MOTU had combined some of the windows of past versions, greatly simplifying the storage and retrieval of files. Expecting the learning curve for the new version to be steep, I found that it's really not. I kept trying to make it more complicated than it was, looking for things that were no longer there. Where did they go? Simplified & consolidated. The change really wasn't all that much, I guess, but it made Unisyn much friendlier. For example, the old version had separate filetypes for banks, libraries, patches, performances, and setups; those are just the ones I can remember. There may have been others. There seemed to be some redundancy back in those days, along with folders full of files that were hard to identify. The new Unisyn only has one filetype, and it seems to use fewer files in general. The windows are more context-sensitive, and people who know the arcane complexity of MIDI will respect all that goes on "under the hood." It's very transparent to the user, leaving you free to think about your sounds and music, rather than file management and complexities. Nevertheless, if you need to edit your patch in hexadecimal, there is a built-in hex editor in Unisyn, and you can watch your MIDI transfers through a MIDI in or MIDI out monitor window.

The effectiveness of Unisyn's Synth Profile method varies from device to device. For my Yamaha gear the model works beautifully. I can get or send individual patches in one (or two) click(s) at any location in a Yamaha device like the TG-77. On the other hand, the developer of the Kurzweil 2600's Unisyn profile programmed it such that individual programs (patches) can only be loaded to the K2600 via Program #600. He had his reasons, due to the 2600's design, but I'd like to be able to send/receive individual programs to any slot. Other operations (sending and receiving banks, for example) work normally for the K2600, and entire banks download or upload in a short time. While every synth may have its own peculiarities, they all still work pretty much the same way. To guide you through the process, each Synthesizer has a help-file (accessible under the "Help" menu) which explains the peculiarities and procedures for that particular instrument.

Unisyn is not merely a librarian, but also a patch/program editor. You can access most or all of the programmable functions of a patch within the editor, create whole new libraries of brand-new sounds--even generate "random" patches, then upload them back to the device as banks or patches. Very handy, of course, as anyone knows who ever spent days hacking through the little window on a synth, navigating button menus and sliders or dials. A graphic interface on a computer monitor is unbeatable for editing synths!

The era of powerful processors has brought with it a new era of software sound modules, but the support for external MIDI boxes has not diminished very much at this point. If you still believe in rack-mounted instruments and large quantities of outboard sound modules, as I do, you need Unisyn. It's not just a convenience; it fulfills a MIDI studio. In addition to organizing, naming and editing your sound patches/programs, Unisyn will also help you manage your patchlists in Digital Performer, audition sounds (even play them with mouse keys), and search for patches using a powerful search feature that uses multiple criteria to find specifically what you want. Unisyn also provides keywords that greatly assist in this process, and of course you can create your own keywords.

Unisyn isn't without its flaws, though most of them are just annoying rather than seriously troubling. Its windows seem to have a propensity to get stuck underneath the menubar at the top of your screen, and there is no place from which to grab them to pull them back down again. It is very frustrating until you discover the "zoom" command under the Window menu. (First, resize the window by dragging the bottom-right corner. Then click "Command-\" and the window pops right back into place.) Windows do not respond to scroll wheels, making them only scrollable with the mouse. Even the page-up and page-down keys are not operable. It's amazing how little oversights like that can cheapen an otherwise amazing application. A useful additional feature, for future versions, would be a counter which could count the number of patches or other objects in a selection or in a window. When creating new banks, it can be tedious to count your patches. We can hope for improvements; I've asked for some, as I'm sure others have.

So far, Unisyn 2.1.1 has been completely stable in OS X. (10.3.5--Panther, as of this writing) No crashes, no freezes, just 100% reliability. THAT is a beautiful feature! Unisyn lists for $295, but the street price is closer to $195, and while that may seem steep, don't forget that it is a universal librarian, replacing what in the old days would have been dozens of individual librarians. Given the time-saving functionality, reliability, and back-up facility it adds to any MIDI studio, the price seems almost negligible. Out of five stars, I'll take one off for the niggling little details mentioned above, but I have no qualms giving Unisyn my highest recommendation.

[EDIT] It's now June of 2005, and I feel compelled to alter my review a bit. One thing I never used in Unisyn was the ability to manage patch-lists in Digital Performer. The way I work, it's not necessary. But I've been trying to help others do this, and I've learned that Unisyn simply does not do a good job of this. Hit or miss, there's no consistency to it. MOTU has only hinted that they may be aware of the problem. It is certainly not high on MOTU's priority list to fix it.

Other things also need fixing: scrolling with the scroll wheel does not work at all. There are many interface shortcomings; I won't list them now, but Unisyn could use an overhaul. One particularly annoying bug causes the windows to get stuck under the menubar. Most windows can be retrieved by resizing them, and then using the "Zoom" command in the Windows menu. But the Search window is permanently stuck on my copy. I guess I could reinstall.

I'm finding that most people who use Unisyn do so for the patch-list management feature (which doesn't work), so MOTU has acquired a group of unhappy customers. I wish to convey my apologies for recommending Unisyn without having covered that aspect of it, but having apologized, I also should add that it's just not something I use. I load "custom banks" for each type of musical work that I do. The patch choices in my Digital Performer files never change. That is, a given track will always output to the same patch number. So, when I experiment with different instruments for the same tracks, I don't change patches in Digital Performer. Instead, I load a whole new bank into my synth, with the desired patches inserted into the desired slots. Because of this method of working, I never used the Patchlist Manager. You may find this method of working satisfactory, but most people probably won't. Consequently, I encourage everyone to write or call MOTU and ask them to fix patchlist management in Unisyn.

I am revising my rating for Unisyn, knocking it down from 4 stars to 3 stars out of 5. I'll raise it if and when MOTU releases an improved version. (Hear that huge sucking silence coming from Cambridge? That's the sound of Unisyn being ignored. ;) )
------Shooshie (June 3, 2005)


Product: Unisyn
Rating: * * * ° ° (3 out of 5 stars)
List Price: $295
Street Price: about $195
Platform: Macintosh
Operating Systems: OS 9 and OS X
Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU)
1280 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

M.G. (Shooshie) Roberts
Dallas, Texas
October 21, 2004

[Feel free to quote from this review as needed, or to use it in its entirety for commercial or any other uses, under the condition that you properly credit the author (just "Shooshie" will do in most cases), including city and date. Thank you.]

<small>[ June 03, 2005, 09:14 PM: Message edited by: Shooshie ]</small>

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instruments supported by unisyn as of 2004
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2016, 10:31:19 AM »
List of Supported Instruments in Unisyn as of February, 2004. (others may have been added since then; contact MOTU if you need one not listed, and they probably won't help, but if they get enough requests, they might. )

360 Systems
360 Systems MIDI Patcher
AdrenaLinn II
Akai MB-76
Alesis D-4
Alesis DM5
Alesis HR-16
Alesis MIDIVerb III
Alesis MIDIVerb IV
Alesis NanoBass
Alesis NanoPiano
Alesis NanoSynth
Alesis QS Plus
Alesis QS/S4 v1.06
Alesis QS6.0
Alesis QS6.1 et al
Alesis QS6.1/7/8/R
Alesis QuadraVerb
Alesis QuadraVerb 2
Alesis QuadraVerb GT
Alesis QuadraVerb Plus
Alesis S4 Plus
Alesis SR-16
ART MultiVerb
ART MultiVerb 2
AxSys 212
Bass POD
Casio CZ-1
Casio CZ-101/1000/3000/5000
Casio VZ-1
Casio VZ-10m
Casio VZ-8m
Dave Smith
Digitech DHP-55
Digitech DSP-128
Digitech DSP-128 Plus
Digitech PMC 10
DX and TX Profile Info
E-Mu Audity 2000 rev 2
E-Mu Audity 2000 v1.0
E-Mu B-3
E-Mu B-3 Turbo
E-Mu Carnaval
E-Mu Halo
E-Mu MK-6
E-Mu Mo'Phatt
E-Mu Mo'Phatt Turbo
E-Mu Morpheus
E-Mu MP-7
E-Mu MPS+Orchestral
E-Mu Orbit 3
E-Mu Orbit V2
E-Mu PK-6
E-Mu Planet Earth
E-Mu Planet Earth Turbo
E-Mu Planet Phatt
E-Mu Procussion
E-Mu Proteus 1000
E-Mu Proteus 2000 Generic
E-Mu Proteus 2000 Standard
E-Mu Proteus 2500
E-Mu Proteus/1
E-Mu Proteus/1+Orchestral
E-Mu Proteus/1+Protologic
E-Mu Proteus/1XR
E-Mu Proteus/1XR+Orchestral
E-Mu Proteus/1XRw/Protologic
E-Mu Proteus/2
E-Mu Proteus/2XR
E-Mu Proteus/3
E-Mu Proteus/3XR
E-Mu Proteus/FX
E-Mu UltraProteus
E-Mu Vintage Keys
E-Mu Vintage Keys (kbd)
E-Mu Vintage Keys Plus
E-Mu Vintage Pro
E-Mu Virtuoso 2000
E-Mu XK-6
E-Mu XL-1 Turbo
E-Mu XL-7
E-Mu Xtreme Lead-1
Ensoniq ASR-X
Ensoniq DP/2
Ensoniq DP/4
Ensoniq DP/4 Plus
Ensoniq ESQ-1
Ensoniq ESQ-M
Ensoniq KT-76/KT-88
Ensoniq MR/ZR
Ensoniq SD-1
Ensoniq SQ-1/SQ-2/SQ-R/KS-32
Ensoniq SQ-80
Ensoniq VFX/VFX-SD
JLCooper MSB v1.05
JLCooper MSB v1.06
JLCooper MSB v2.02
KAT drumKAT 3.5
Kawai K-1/K-1m/K1-II
Kawai K-3/K-3m
Kawai K-4/K-4r
Kawai K-5/K-5m
KMX 15x16
KMX 8x8
Korg 01/W
Korg 01/W Pro
Korg 03R/W
Korg 05R/W
Korg 168RC
Korg 707
Korg A2
Korg DS-8
Korg DSS-1
Korg DVP-1
Korg DW-6000
Korg DW-8000/EX-8000
Korg EX-800
Korg i1/i2/i3
Korg i4s
Korg M1/M1R
Korg M3R
Korg N1/N5
Korg N364
Korg NS5R
Korg P3
Korg Poly-6
Korg Poly-800
Korg Prophecy
Korg Symphony
Korg T1/T2/T3
Korg Triton
Korg Triton Le
Korg Wavestation-series
Korg X2
Korg X3/X3R
Korg X5
Korg X5D/X5DR
Korg Z3
Kurzweil K2000
Kurzweil K2500
Kurzweil K2600
Lexicon LXP-1/Reflex
Lexicon LXP-15
Lexicon LXP-5
Lexicon PCM 70
Line 6
Mackie OTTO
MOTU Mixer 7s
Nord Lead 2
Nord Lead 3
Nord Lead/Rack
Oberheim Matrix 1000
Oberheim Matrix 12
Oberheim Matrix 6
Oberheim Xpander
Peavey DPM-3
Peavey DPM-3 v3.2
Peavey DPM-V3
Program Change Names
Rane MAP 33
Rane MPE-14
Rane MPE-28
Rane MPE-47
Roland A-880
Roland AlphaJuno1/2
Roland CM-32L
Roland CM-32P
Roland D-10/20
Roland D-110
Roland D-50/550
Roland D-70
Roland DEP-5
Roland GM-70
Roland GP-8
Roland GR-50
Roland JD-800
Roland JD-990
Roland JP-8000
Roland JUNO-106
Roland JV-1000
Roland JV-1080
Roland JV-2080
Roland JV-35
Roland JV-80
Roland JV-880
Roland JV-90
Roland JX-8P
Roland MKS-20
Roland MKS-50
Roland MKS-70
Roland MKS-80
Roland MT-32
Roland PAD-80
Roland R-8
Roland R-8 (Songs)
Roland R-8M
Roland SC-155
Roland SC-33
Roland SC-50
Roland SC-55
Roland SC-55mkII
Roland SC-88
Roland SC-88 Pro
Roland U-110
Roland U-20
Roland U-220
Roland VS-880
Roland XP-10
Roland XP-50
Roland XP-80
Roland XV-3080
Roland XV-5080
Sample Dump
Sequential DrumTrax
Sequential Max
Sequential Prophet 600
Sequential Prophet V (120)
Sequential Prophet V (40)
Sequential SixTrack
Sony DPS-D7
Sony DPS-R7
SysEx Recorder
Tech21 Sans Amp PSA-1
Unisyn 2.x Profiles
VS-880 Factory Effects
Waldorf MicroWave II/XT/XTk
Waldorf MicroWave v1.1
Waldorf MicroWave v1.2
Waldorf MicroWave v2.0
Waldorf Pulse
XP/JV File Converter
Yamaha DMP-7
Yamaha DX21/27/100
Yamaha DX7
Yamaha DX7II
Yamaha FB-01
Yamaha KX88/KX76
Yamaha Motif 6/7/8
Yamaha ProMix 01
Yamaha RX-11
Yamaha SPX90/SPX90II
Yamaha SY55/TG-55
Yamaha SY77/TG77
Yamaha SY85
Yamaha TG100
Yamaha TG33
Yamaha TG500
Yamaha TX7/TF-1/TX216/TX-816
Yamaha TX-802
Yamaha TX81z
Yamaha V50
Yamaha V50 (Program Change)
Yamaha V50 (Rhythm)
Yamaha V50 (Sequences)

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Re: motu unisyn 2.1.1 for Mac OSX?????? (2004 article)
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2017, 07:16:01 AM »

heres a page frm 1996

Unisyn 1.1-Macintosh and Windows Universal MIDI device editor/librarian software ($395 list)
Unisyn gives you the most comprehensive sound management features available on the Macintosh and Windows, including seamless integration with Performer. Unisyn supports 217 MIDI devices-more than twice as many as Galaxy.
New synths supported include: Alesis Quadrasynth, Roland JV1080 and SC-88, the entire KORG X & i series, Yamaha Pro Mix 01, E-mu Morpheus and Ultra Proteus, Ensoniq DP/4+, KAT DrumKat 3.5, and the Tech 21 Sans Amp PSA 1.

If you want a complete editor/librarian NOW for these devices, there's only one choice: Unisyn! And Unisyn gives you all the features you'd expect in a leading editor/librarian. Modify a sound in Unisyn using graphic envelope controls and faders, while getting instant feedback within the context of your music as Performer plays the sequence. Generate entire banks of new sounds with a click of the mouse using Blend&Mingle;, Randomize, and Copy/Paste Parameter features. Unisyn can even share bank names with Performer and other FreeMIDI-compatible software for accurate pop-up sound lists.

Unisyn can store thousands of sounds at your fingertips and recall them instantly using database-style search criteria, such as "plucked electric bass" with "bright stereo flange". Frustrated because you can't recreate the settings in your gear for last month's project? Unisyn can do it with a few clicks of the mouse.

Another unique Unisyn advantage: include only the banks and patches you need in your studio "snapshots" to load them faster than any other librarian.
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