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Cubase 9's Sampler Track

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques
Published April 2017
By John Walden

The new Sampler Track and Sampler Control panel. (The reason for the two identical MIDI clips is explained in the main text.)The new Sampler Track and Sampler Control panel. (The reason for the two identical MIDI clips is explained in the main text.)

Amongst Cubase 9’s new features is a whole new track type dedicated to quick and easy sampling.

One of Cubase 9’s big headline new features is the Sampler Track, and it’s available in all three versions of Cubase (Pro, Artist and Elements). Compared with Steinberg’s HALion, or any ‘full-fat’ third-party sampler plug-in, the new Sampler Track is a little modest in terms of its actual sampling functionality, but it scores highly in terms of speed and ease of use, and its deep integration into your Cubase projects.

To explore some of the pros and cons in this first iteration of the Sampler Track, I’ll focus on one example: extracting hits from an audio drum loop. Cubase already offers plenty of scope for experimenting with pre-recorded...

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Published April 2017