Earlier this week, I noted that a new feature of the second-generation NeKo keyboard is its ability to clone hardware. (Especially enjoy that picture of them cloning a Korg OASYS — guess you need to either sneak into Sam Ash or find a friend who has everything. Like Herbie Hancock.)

Anyway, if you want a software-only solution and don’t want to buy a NeKo, there’s SampleRobot, which just got a 1.5 upgrade this week. (See Harmony Central for the news release.) Now SampleRobot can even clone software virtual instruments (VST, DirectX), and in addition to HALion, VSampler, and SoundFonts, it can export to Reason’s NN-XT.

That’s all fine and well, of course, but I kind of like using the original instrument myself. Which brings us to my next question: I’ve had a number of people say to me “no one does their own multisampling.” I’ve been deep in the land of synthesis lately, so I can’t serve as the exception. How about you, dear readers: are you creating your own multisamples, or are you leaving that to the professionals? (Some of you ARE the professionals, I know — that doesn’t count.)

  • Guest

    I wouldn't consider myself a professional–far from it, actually–by I'm a huge fan of doing my own multisamples. That my just be the nature of my work tough… I work with a lot of prepared instruments that you'd be hard-pressed to find in a gigapack (last I checked, hammer dulcimers custom fitted with pickups from gutted electric mandolins weren't exactly a standard offering).

    If you use common sounds, making your own multisamples would just be a waste of time. But if you're looking for something that's integral to developing your sound, then (in my opinion) nothing beats building it from the ground up so you know it inside and out.

  • admin

    Now see, that was exactly the kind of response I was hoping to bait here . . .

    Sure, my multisamples are nowhere near as good as, say, East West's. But sampling is fun for creative purposes.

    Okay, anyone else?


  • Guest

    I use Velocity, the simple percussion sampler that comes with Project 5, to make quick and easy drumkits with unconventional sounds (footsteps, whispers, etc.). I wish P5's more standard sampler was as easy to use (AFAIK, DS864 doesn't let you drag and drop samples from the Track View like Velocity), in which case I'd definitely use it for more traditional sampling purposes. Do any of the third party samplers support drag and drop in Sonar?

  • Guest

    i agree that sampling your own stuff, results in having your own "sound" also.

    however, i don't do intricate multi samples. it's too time consuming or complicated, and i'd just assume go and record a real instrument if the accuracy of the sample was very crucial to a project.

    mostly i think, sloppy or flawed sampling of flawed sounds or short performances are the most interresting. i'm yet to hear of any manufacturer loading up their libraries, with the kinda oddities most of us probably come up with on our own. but those are the sort of sounds many of us probably enjoy hearing and are always seeking out on our own.

    Personally, I leave the accurate sampling to the engineers at Stienberg, or Garritan, or wherever. They devote all their time to doing what they do best, and i'm not about to top their work with my equipment, or with my schedule.

  • atomic_afro

    If I have access to a synth that I don't have good waveform samples for, I do try to multi-sample the oscillators for later use.

    If I had better mics at home, I would multi-sample real acoustic instruments more, but mostly I like to tweak existing libraries (like add sample crossfades) so they sound more natural.


  • Im just about to sit and multi-sample a Roland SH1000 and i have by chance found an old old backup of a recording of the Roland Juno 6 i sold many years ago now. I never got round to editing it into multi's as i went overseas so now might be the time.