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A Few Questions for Autosampler Experts

Discussion in 'Audio Units: Effect and Instrument Plugins' started by vskye, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. vskye

    vskye New Member

    I just got Autosampler and want to use it to import my M3R patches which I used on a previous album that was recorded using Logic Pro. I would like to have these patches available to MainStage so I can perform the album live.

    1. Will autolooping solve the problem of patches that do not fade but
    leave patches alone that do fade to threshold in the sample time?
    Or does it always create a loop and thus I should avoid it?

    2. What is the point of importing patch names? Is there a place to get
    the patch names on the web to prevent me having to type them in

    3. What would be recommended default settings for sampling the M3R?

    4. If I sample an entire bank of patches, what happens if one sample isn't
    how I like it? Can I simply change the parameters and ask it to resample
    the one patch of the patch set and not have to rename it, etc..?

  3. Andrea Gozzi

    Andrea Gozzi New Member

    Hi Vskye,
    if you enable autolooping for a certain patch, then.... yes, it will autoloop that patch. However, it is a patch parameter and so you can enable it on a patch by patch basis.

    Many synths have pdf docs with a list of patch names. With some copy and paste and some editing to prepare the list in the proper format you can avoid typing.

    For normal sounds a good starting point is to sample with 3 velocity layers with a note step of 4 or 5 and a sustain time of 10 to 12 seconds. For drum kits you'll instead need a note step of 1 to sample each sound. However, my recommendation is that before sampling an entire synth you spend a couple hours experimenting with a single patch to see what happens when you change settings.

    The single biggest mistake we see from our users is to "enable it all" and sample at overkill levels (like all notes with 16 velocities, etc).

    You can simply tweak the parameters for that patch, mark the patch as "to be sampled" and click start again.

    Yes, only that patch will be autosampled.

    Hope this is useful and of course if you need further support, is always there to answer your questions.

  4. vskye

    vskye New Member

    Thanks for the information.

    Can patch names be added after sampling has started or is it too late and I have to start again? (i.e. if I import patch names after sampling the patch set is complete, will it update the file names in the folder?)

    And one more question. What is a recommended range level to look for in the meter when setting levels? Should I attempt to get as close to 0 reading for a 127 key hit of the louder sounds in the patch set? I hear sound ok in the monitor and on my headphones but didn't know if I should be attempting to get a louder sample or not.
  5. Andrea Gozzi

    Andrea Gozzi New Member

    You need to set the names before starting. However, you can simply rename manually the instrument files you already made. You do not have to rename samples too (actually you should never rename samples at all).

    As you correctly wrote, you should go as close as possible to 0dB for full velocity without hearing distortions, but it's not really a critical thing, and you can record with a peak level down at -6dB and it will be ok. My advice is however that you always record at 24bit.


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