BitHeadz Unity DS-1 is professional grade instrument and digital sampler application. BitHeadz also features extensive MIDI implementation so you can use your MIDI compatible hardware to produce your samples.
Unity DS-1, BitHeadz’ set of sampling and related software applications, turns your Mac into a state-of-the-art sampler, sound editor, synthesizer, and patch librarian at a fraction of what a hard- ware sampler costs. This killer app offers more than most samplers, and you can totally customize it for your specific needs.
Gigging musicians, bring your PowerBook and a MIDI keyboard to a job, and realize all the sounds and expression you’ve dreamed of. Take control of all the MIDI parameters live. Route a program’s filter resonance to the mod wheel, changing the timbre of a sound as you play. Layer up to 128 notes on a single key, and let the velocity of your playing determine which sound is heard. Select one of Unity DS-1’s global velocity tables to suit your touch. Express your creative brilliance on all 16 available MIDI channels.
Composers and studio engineers will appreciate the pro-quality, 48KHz, 24-bit sound; the ability to see Unity DS-1 program names within OMS-compatible sequencers; the utility that makes DS-1 files recognizable to PCs; and the 16-track mixer. Each mixer channel has its own automated settings for bank and program selection, volume, pan, mute, solo, and global effects. And integrating DS-1 into existing MIDI setups using QMS, FreeMIDI, or Sound Manager is easy.
A well-designed sound editor with digital signal processing and a great synthesizer engine that can use multisamples as oscillators should make any sound designer ecstatic. You can use AIFF, WAV, SD I or II, and CD audio files. Unity DS-1 also imports and maps Akai S1000 and S3000, DLS, Sound Font 2.0, and Sample Cell I and II instruments automatically. You can organize sounds into custom banks and programs for easy MIDI playback from a keyboard or sequencer, and record anything you play from a sequencer or the MIDI Processor to your hard drive as a sound file.
Even if you aren’t a professional musician, you’ll experience the fun of sampling a sound and tweaking it into something expressive, all at an affordable price. You don’t even need an external keyboard to play it back: The package’s Keyboard software does that. Let the great-sounding GM bank play back your MIDI files using the supplied QuickTime driver, and give your game playing and Web browsing a sonic boost.
Getting started in Unity DS-1 can be confusing, but the detailed and helpful PDF manual explains everything. Full AppleGuide help is also available in the Editor.
With Retro AS-1 (see Reviews, Jan/99, p52) and Unity DS-1, BitHeadz makes it possible to put a pro-quality music studio on your Mac. It’s an awesome accomplishment and an absolute blast.
Munsen, Judy. (May 1999). Unity DS-1 1.1.0. MacAddict. (pg. 58).