OverviewThis tool generates a sequence of MIDI notes with a specified range of pitch & velocity steps. The sequence can be single-stepped, played once or played continuously, providing an accurate & repeatable source of MIDI notes. The intended uses are for triggering a sound source for sampling, and for auditioning or comparing sample-based synths for sampling anomalies.
AuditioningThe audition sequence can be used to drive any sample-based sound module with a set of pitch/velocity variations while listening for sampling anomalies, e.g. if insufficient notes have been sampled, there may be audible jumps in timbre between sampled and interpolated notes. Similarly for samples taken at different velocities. This sequence runs faster than the sampling sequence so you can scan through large ranges quickly, and values can be adjusted on-the-fly to home in on any anomalies.
Audition demo using a Yamaha P95 piano
SamplingThe sampling sequence can be used to drive a target sound source with an ordered set of pitch/velocity combinations for sampling, e.g. for increasing the polyphony of a hardware or software synth. This sequence runs slower than the audition sequence to allow time to arm and place each sample as reqd.
Sampling demos with v13.15 & v13.16 (incl group delay features)
Sample demo using Velocity Cross-Fading
The tool offers several advantages over manual triggering from a keyboard, especially if there are lots of samples or you need to sample at different velocities:-
Minimum system requirements
Windows XP and later.
Sequetron, so it is not a separate program. You install Sample Aid by downloading and installing Sequetron LE, then use Sequetron's menus to start the Sample Aid tool - exact details are in the Installing section below. Sample Aid is fully functional in both the LE and Full versions of Sequetron. The LE version is free, but if you pass it on please keep the package intact.
Of course, once you've captured your samples using Sample Aid, Sequetron is at hand to drive the sampler and help create something amazing with them ;)
Click here and download the latest Sequetron LE and Documentation
Mods history - recent program changes
Using Sample Aid with EMU Ultra samplers - step-by-step guide
EMU E4B FAT-format - example samples (approx 65MB) - all zipped files are held on the pCloud.com storage site. If there are problems downloading, check your computer's access or contact me via email address at bottom of this page.
The samples are from a test session using example Ex4 in the above step-by-step guide, sampling a Dotcom modular synth on an EMU Ultra.
19 velocity bands were used, giving a total of 399 samples, using the following settings:-
The following steps are also shown at the start of this video.
UninstallingUse the standard uninstall/remove process in Windows Control Panel.
Administrator privileges are required, so you may need to acknowledge User Account Control prompts as shown above and/or logon as an admin user first.
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