Creating a Sampled Instrument

We’ve recorded an alto saxophone on each chromatic pitch from F2 to D4. On the saxophone this would be from D below the staff to B above the staff . Each pitch was exported as an individual WAV file and placed into a folder.

Auto Map the Samples

These samples can then be imported into a sampler and played back on a midi controller. Software samplers like Logic’s ESX24 and Ableton’s Sampler have features that auto map samples to their root key. This can save a ton of time when assigning  samples to their corresponding midi note and key range.

Auto Map Logic ESX24

Tips For Auto Mapping Samples

1. Include the root key somewhere in the audio file name.

For example, the recorded pitch F2 should include “F2” in it’s name. Both ESX24 and Sampler loot for the rook key in the audio file name and place it on its corresponding zone.

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2. Label pitches using sharps (#) not flats (b)

Both Logic and Ableton read the audio file name as sharps. For example, when naming your audio file for Bb use it’s enharmonic equivalent A# instead.

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