How To: Multisampling with Sampler

Overview

Live's Sampler is an incredibly powerful tool for performing and transforming pre-recorded audio, but manually creating original multisampler presets can be tiresome.  However, with just a few steps (and close attention to detail), you can create a pitch-accurate multisampler for all of your devices.

A Few Tips, Before Starting

  • The example below shows how to create a multisampler using only virtual instruments and effects.  However, you can achieve the same results using External Instruments and External Audio Effects.
  • When re-sampling digital instruments, it is often best to set the note polyphony to 1 (mono) to eliminate audio from the previous notes.  

How-To

1)  Create a MIDI clip with a series of ascending chromatic notes.  To help you organize the results within Sampler, you may want to rename the midi clip with the range of notes.

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2)  Freeze & Flatten the track to create an audio file of the clip.

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3)  Split the clip at the beginning of each note.  Then, select the entire region of slices and crop them.

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4)  Create a new MIDI Track.  Then, drop in a blank Sampler and open the Zone tab.

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5)  Select the region of clips in the track above; this will collapse Sampler's device window.  While the clips are selected, double-click the Sampler track heading to re-open the device window.  Then, drag the clips into the Sampler device.

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6)  With every Sample Layer selected, adjust the boundaries of the Key zone to fit the exact note range of your samples.  Then, right-click anywhere within the Key Zone area to reveal a drop-down menu and select "Distribute Ranges Equally".

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7)  You now have a custom multisampler!

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