John “Skippy” Lehmkuhl and his developer have created an amazing plug-in that can work with other plug-ins to create patches, standalone or used across DAWs or Cantabile. And it comes with 400 quality patches (never “favorited” so many patches in one plug-in before). John creates patches and samples for Korg, Omnisphere, and others; I find his patch creations to be very good.
It’s at an intro price of $59 currently, which is a crazy low price IMO for what you get.
One of the great things here is that patches (think of them as racks in Cantabile) are able to be used across any platform. For example, I’ve set up many songs in Cantabile with racks of instruments. But now I want to go to Cubase and use those racks. Now I can set up those racks as “patches” in Unify, then use Unify as a VST plug-in within my songs in Cantabile or in Cubase.
It also multi-threads (1 thread per “layer”, which is usually an instrument); I’m guessing Cantabile also does this, but it’s great that a plug-in does. If you use Logic Pro X you can load VST or VST3 plugins via Unify.
Earlier in development John said that they’d be able to get 32-bit plug-ins to work as well, so even in a DAW that doesn’t support 32-bit plug-ins you could be running Unify which would support them. I’m not sure if this made it to the initial version, but it’s interesting if you need 32-bit support.
So besides having many quality patches and decent effects built-in it becomes the central “rack management” for my system now.