Tips and Techniques #005: Introduction to the EXS24 instrument editor part 1

Join RAC Graduate and instructor Patrick Steele, as he demonstrates a beginners tutorial on programming the EXS24 sampler. Patrick goes through the process of importing his own samples to create an original and authentic sound!

What benefits does the EXS24 Instrument Editor have to offer?

The EXS24 sampler allows us to import our own sounds and later manipulate it with the software’s functions. This allows us to create our own individual sound.

Important steps to remember when programming our own samples!

After we have imported our own samples into the instrument editor, it’s important to individually assign each sample to be triggered by a note. The last step to this process is to set our key range. If we didn’t set our key range, every sample would be triggered simultaneously.

For example: If we set our kick to be triggered by C1, it’s important to set the key range to be C1 for both Low and High settings.

In the instrument editor we have a few more settings we can play with. EXS24 allows us to reverse our samples, if we’d like to be creative. As well set our samples to be played in one shots. This function tells the editor every time we trigger a note, it will play the full length sample. This function preserves the decay of our samples.

Layering multiple samples and how to properly trigger them!

If we wanted to take our drum tone to the next level, we can import multiple snare samples. The process is the same as if we were to assign a single sample to a note. This time we need to assign all of our snare samples to be triggered by the same key.

For example: If we assign our main snare sample to be triggered by D1, it’s important to assign the other snare samples to be trigger by D1 as well. This same process goes for the key range. If the trigger note is D1, our low and high settings for the key range need to be D1 as well.

We are also given the option to play with the volume of our samples as well panning them. This is great for blending multiple samples and creating an authentic tone.

Creating your own sound bank!

After taking the time in creating such an amazing tone, EXS24 allows you to save your presets in it’s sound bank for later recall. Go ahead and build your own arsenal of presets.

Keep a look out for part two!

Happy Mixing!

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