Digital Sound & Music: Concepts, Applications, & Science, Chapter 6, last updated 6/25/2013
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Figure 6.39 Adding sample metadata such as root pitch and loop type
Once the samples are ready, you can load them into the sampler. If you weren’t able to
add the metadata about root key and loop type, you’ll have to add that manually into the sampler
for each sample. You’ll also need to decide which notes trigger each sample and which velocities
each sample responds to. This process of assigning root keys and key ranges to all your samples
is a time consuming but essential process. Figure 6.39 shows a list of sample WAV files loaded
in a software sampler. In the figure we have the sample “PianoC43.wav” selected. You can see
in the center of the screen the span of keys that have been assigned to that sample. Along the
bottom row of the screen you can see the root key, loop, and velocity assignments for that
sample.
Figure 6.40 Loading and assigning samples in a software sampler
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