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Hello everyone, in this article entitled “Quick Sampler Tip Part 1” I give you a method I use to work with the Quick Sampler in Logic Pro X.

My goal is to make you discover concretely methods of exploitation of this marvelous tool, evolution of Logic Pro X which allows to work the sampling in an interesting way.

Part 1…

I plan to do several articles on the Quick Sampler, which I love, you guessed it, and to split them into several parts to avoid having too long articles!

To sum up, today we’re going to see how to create a bank of drum sounds with formidable efficiency by exploiting the Quick Sampler engine.

Bonus !

In this article I present a software that I use a lot, it is AudioFinder from Iced Audio.

I use this Swiss army knife of audio in my sample exploitation in complement with Quick Sampler.

Let’s get right to the heart of the matter…

Wave files and others…

We all have tons of audio files on our hard drives from sound banks we have purchased.

A very simple example. As you know, I am a user of Native Instruments sound banks. In the Komplete Kontrol banks, there is now the Maschine expansion. These banks, originally created for Maschine, have the advantage of quality samples in wav format.

In this article I will use these wav files to build a bank in the Quick Sampler that can be easily used and exploited in all musical styles.

In the beginning

To take full advantage of the sound bank I want to create, I will first use AudioFinder to scan the samples of the bank in Wav format.

The objective of this analysis is to have a list of files in AudioFinder with the detection of the sample note.

Yes, as I often say, I like to tune drum sounds together and especially work with banks in the musical range of my project.

Once this analysis is done, I reassure you, it is very fast, let’s start with the manufacturing with the Quick Sampler.

Manufacturing steps:

  • Analysis of wav files by AudioFinder as in the image below
Analysis with iced Audio
Analysis with iced Audio
  • Starting an empty Logic project with a software instrument slice and loading a Quick Sampler
  • On the picture below, I display in split screen mode Logic Pro X and Audio Finder
Logic Pro x AudioFinder 1
Split Screen Display

The goal is to make things as easy as possible.

  • Take the wav file of your choice and drag it into the quick sampler window as below.
Quick sampler Drag Drop 1 1
Drag and drop audio file from Iced Audio into the Quick Sampler

Be careful, we drop the file on the right side and not on the left side. This is very important for the following.

  • We check the detection of the imported note if necessary, we adjust the note to have the same match as in AudioFinder.
Checking the tuning

The advantage of working this way: the file is tuned and mapped to the notes on the keyboard so that it corresponds to the note actually played.

This is a golden trick from my point of view because you can easily play with the range of the keyboard to pitch the sound and tune it to different compositions.


Enregistrer le preset et léchantillon 1
Preset and sample saving
  • Now we save the made preset in the Logic Pro X tree
    • The preset and the sample will be saved in the folder: Audio Music Apps -> Plug-In Settings -> Quick Sampler
    • You are free to create a tree structure that corresponds to your needs.
  • Check that the preset and the sample are saved in the folder.

Here’s my example:

QS en Structure
Preset and sample tree with Quick Sampler

The benefits

Having created the sound bank in this way, you can benefit from it in every Logic Pro X project, which is a considerable asset and a precious time saver during the music composition phase.

Another advantage is the transversal use of the sound bank. This means that your sound bank can be used outside the musical style for which it was created. For example, why not use hip-hop drum samples in a pop music composition?

You will have understood, the advantages are multiple and the fact of having tuned the drum sounds will bring an extremely important flexibility and working power. This is a significant added value when you want to compose quickly and efficiently with a high quality.

In conclusion for this article Quick Sampler Tip part 1

Be careful not to dream. Yes, I am knocking you off your cloud… Understand that this work can be long and tedious. It is up to you to know how to implement it with discernment. For example, I take about 1 hour of time every day to make this type of bank. From my point of view, it is more productive than having spent the whole day creating the bank.

I do this work to save me time when I compose. Because an important element in the realization of music, it is to know well the banks of sounds which one uses in order to pose ideas quickly without losing time it is one of the forces of Logic Pro X.

In conclusion, make your own experience, experiment and adapt the process to your needs.

Musically Francis

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