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Logic: Using Auto Sampler

Apple Logic Pro X Tips & Techniques By Paul White
Published March 2021

To use Auto Sampler to capture a hardware instrument, you must first tell it which MIDI port and channel your instrument is listening to.To use Auto Sampler to capture a hardware instrument, you must first tell it which MIDI port and channel your instrument is listening to.

Here's how to make the most of Logic’s Auto Sampler.

Logic’s Auto Sampler utilises the technology Apple acquired from Redmatica, a small company that produced some amazingly sophisticated tools for automatically creating and looping samples. Not all of the original Redmatica’s features have made it into Auto Sampler though; one memorable feature not included is the ability to hook up an external synth, then have Auto Sampler step through automatically to the next patch once a sample set has been created. Using that feature you could set the whole thing running to sample, for example, all 1000 patches from your old Oberheim Matrix 1000, then go to bed while the software does all the work.

As useful as that feature could be, in general you get the best results by setting suitable parameters for each of the sound types you plan to sample, so maybe the loss of this auto patch‑change mode isn’t such a big deal after all.

The good news is that the main features behind the automatic creation of sample sets are presented in a very intuitive fashion and work extremely well, with minimal effort on behalf of the user. New sampler instruments are stored in the EXS format within a separate Auto Sampler folder, which automatically appears in the menu of available EXS‑24 format samples when you open Logic’s main Sampler. Of course, you can reorganise them as you choose at a later time.

One of my main uses for Auto Sampler is to convert soft‑synth sounds that I use on a regular basis to Sampler instruments, so that I can include them in song files that I might want to pass on to a co‑writer who doesn’t have the same set of soft-synths that I do.

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One of my main uses for Auto Sampler is to convert soft‑synth sounds that I use on...

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Published March 2021

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