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Using SampleOne XT In Studio One

PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques
By Robin Vincent

SampleOne XT is that rarest of things: a  virtual sampler that can actually sample!SampleOne XT is that rarest of things: a virtual sampler that can actually sample!

The unassuming SampleOne XT is actually one of Studio One's secret weapons.

SampleOne XT is probably not your go-to instrument in Studio One. It has no presets; it sits there, empty and uninspiring, so we tend to lean towards the rich sampled landscape of Presence. But to ignore SampleOne XT is to miss one of the most creative tools within Studio One — because with SampleOne XT, everything can become an instrument.

SampleOne XT is a conduit for remixing, a pathway to rethinking and adventure in using samples and audio streams in ways that were common before multi-layers and multi-articulations made sampling very complicated. It can sample from anywhere. You can drag and drop samples into it, but you can also sample directly from the microphone input, or the output of a software synth, or the output of an audio track. And it's this integration that makes SampleOne XT so interesting. SampleOne XT likes to be in the middle of things, messing about with your tracks and sparking unexpected ideas. So, let's get to know this unassuming little sampler.

Crate Digging

You can pull samples into SampleOne XT from anywhere you like. Pull them from the browser, drop them from a File Explorer window or pick them up from your timeline and drop them in that way. If you're a fan of menus, you can right-click an audio clip and select Send to new SampleOne XT from the Audio menu. Once added, a sample can immediately be triggered from your MIDI keyboard. If the sample has pitch information associated with it, SampleOne XT will automatically map it to the right note; if not, it gets spread across the whole range. So, you could take a bunch of pitched samples, drop them in and play them as an instantly generated instrument.

Also on the menu is auto-slicing. If you hold the Shift key while dropping in a sample, SampleOne XT will chop it up into slices depending on detected transients and map those across your keyboard. This is perfect for...

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Published April 2020