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    Korg OASYS: Part 2

    Workstation Synth

    We finish our in-depth examination of Korg's new mega-workstation, taking in the remaining synth engines, the sampler, the KARMA algorithms and the onboard sequencer, and draw our conclusions about it...

    Reviews Dec 2005
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    The Lost Art Of Sampling: Part 5

    Sampler Synth Engines

    Nearly all modern samplers have powerful synth engines concealed inside them — and sometimes they're so well hidden that their users are unaware of their existence. But then why would you want a synth in your sampler? Let's find out...

    Techniques Dec 2005
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    The Lost Art Of Sampling: Part 4

    Part 4: Looping & Time-stretching

    If you want to artificially extend your instrument samples, or make entire backing tracks from one rhythmic snippet, you'll need to know about looping and time-stretching. And then there's keygrouping... We explain these fundamental sampling processes, and more.

    Techniques Nov 2005
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    Steinberg Halion Player v3.1

    Sample Library Player [PC/Mac]

    If you want the sample playback features of Steinberg's Halion sample player, but you don't need its detailed editing facilities, there's now an affordable answer to your needs — and it includes the full Halion sound library too...

    Reviews May 2016
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    The Lost Art Of Sampling: Part 3

    Making Samples

    Having introduced the concept of looping, velocity switching, and multisampling, it's time to actually make some samples. We give you a few hard-won tips that can make your life easier on the way.

    Techniques Oct 2005
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    FXpansion Guru

    Virtual Drum Sampler [Windows/Mac OS X]

    FXpansion's software drum machine takes the 'pad sampler' concept pioneered by Akai's MPC range to new levels.

    Reviews Jun 2016
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    The Lost Art Of Sampling: Part 2

    Multisampling, Looping & Velocity Switching

    As we saw last month, sampling is really just a form of digital recording, but to use short recordings to emulate real instruments, you soon need to understand new concepts like multisampling, looping, and velocity switching. We explain all...

    Techniques Sep 2005
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    The Lost Art Of Sampling: Part 1

    Techniques & Technology

    Most modern musicians use samples, even if only in Sample & Synthesis-based keyboards or virtual instruments. But sampling itself has become something of a lost art. In the first part of a short series on rediscovering this skill, we look back at how the technique and the technology developed.

    Techniques Aug 2005
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    Native Instruments Kontakt 2

    Software Sampler [Mac/PC]

    Native Instruments' Kontakt has become one of the most popular software samplers since its release in 2002, and the new version, with its many excellent new features, should keep it near the top of the heap.

    Reviews Jun 2016
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    Roland SP606

    Sampling Workstation

    The latest in Roland's SP series of phrase samplers can also double as a computer and audio interface, and PC users can take advantage of a bundled Cakewalk sequencer/mixer. Is this the best SP yet? We find out...

    Reviews Apr 2005
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    Redmatica Autosampler

    Automatic Sample Generator For Logic EXS24

    If you are keen to move to an all-software setup, but still depend on sounds from your hardware synths, Redmatica's utility might smooth the path...

    Reviews Feb 2005
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    Tascam Gigastudio 3

    Software Sampler [PC]

    Version 3 of Gigastudio has taken a long time to arrive, and plenty of other software samplers have come along during the wait. Does it still have what it takes to see off the competition?

    Reviews Jan 2005
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