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BitHeadz’ Unity & Mac OS X!

“How do I get BitHeadz Unity working under OS X?”

It’s actually pretty simple to get it up and running once you know the steps. Check out this comprehensive information regarding how to install and set it up.

1. Install Unity: Unity will automatically install the AU, RTAS and VST plug-ins into the appropriate folders:
_ The Unity AudioUnit plug-in is installed into the Library / Audio / Plug-ins / Components folder.
_ The Unity VST plug-in is installed into the Library / Audio / Plug-ins / VST folder.
_ The Unity RTAS plug-in is installed into the Library / Application Support / Digidesign / Plug-ins folder.

2. Launch your respective sequencer.

3. The following information will help you set up Unity in your respective OS X application:
Logic 6.x
a) Double click on an Audio Instrument track to bring up the Environment window.
b) Record enable that Audio Instrument track.
c) Click on the I/O menu -> Select Stereo or Mono -> AudioUnits -> Bitheadz -> Unity
d) Select the desired sound from the Library/Bank/Program menus and tweak any parameters of the sound that you’d like in the GUI.

Pro Tools (TDM, HD and LE)
a) Create both an Audio and a MIDI track and record enable the MIDI track.
b) Bring the Mixer window to the foreground.
c) Click on the first Insert of the Audio track -> multichannel RTAS plug-in -> Unity.
d) Assign the output of the MIDI track to ‘Unity RTAS ‘.
e) Select the desired sound from the Library/Bank/Program menus and tweak any parameters of the sound that you’d like in the GUI.
*Note*: To increase the number of available channels (the default is 8), open the Unity Control Panel, click on the ‘Audio’ tab and select the desired number from the Channels menu in the Plug-in section.

Cubase SX
a) From the Devices menu, select ‘VST Instruments’.
b) Select one of the available VST instrument slots -> Synths -> Unity.
c) Assign the Output of a MIDI track to that Unity VST instrument.
d) Record enable the MIDI track.
e) Select the desired sound from the Library/Bank/Program menus and tweak any parameters of the sound that you’d like in the GUI.

Digital Performer
Until MOTU brings AU support online with their forthcoming DP 4.1 release, here’s an effective workaround.
a. Launch Digital Performer.
b. From the Setup menu, select ‘Interapplication MIDI’.
c. Create an Output device and name it if you’d like. Click OK.
d. Assign that IAM Output device as the Output to a MIDI track.
e. Record enable that MIDI track.
f. Launch the Unity Mixer and the Unity CoreMIDI Input application.
g. Bring the CoreMIDI Input application to the foreground, and from the Ports menu select the IAM Output device.
h. Make your sound selections within the Mixer and bring DP back to the foreground to record.
*Note* Users may want to select ‘MIDI Patch Thru’ from the Studio menu and enable ‘Patch Thru in Background’.

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