DP nanosampler

The nanosampler is a virtual instrument that lets you make simple sampler programs from within DP. To use audio files in DP, then, you have two options: make a soundbite out of the audio, or make a sampler program. The advantage of the soundbite is precise soundbite editing, Spectral Effects transposition and pitch automation; the advantage of the sampler program is the ability to play the sound from the MIDI keyboard. If you find yourself wanting to play the sound like a melody line, then you should make a sampler program.

Here are the steps you take to make a sampler program using a WAVE or AIFF sound file.

  1. Make a new Instrument track, with nanosampler assigned to it, and a MIDI track to drive it.

    First, choose the Project > Add Track > Instruments with Options menu command.

    Where the popup menu reads “Unassigned,”, click and choose MOTU > nanosampler (stereo).

    You should see the nanosampler window.

    You trigger notes on the sampler using the MIDI track that was created in the previous step. The nanosampler itself is assigned to the Instrument track that is paired with the MIDI track.

  2. Record-enable the MIDI track.
  3. When you play the keyboard, you should hear the sampler. It plays a default factory patch. There are other factory presets in the mini-menu of the nanosampler window.

    To record, just record on the MIDI track as you would with any virtual instrument. You can apply normal audio effect plug-ins to the Instrument track in the Mixing Board window.

  4. To make your own sampler program, first click on the arrow circled in the graphic below to invoke a pop-up menu of sound files and locations.

    Choose Project from the menu.

    This opens an empty window in the Finder, showing the contents of a new folder that is within your Project folder (specifically, project/Plug-In Data/nanosampler/Samples).

  5. Option-drag (to copy) into this folder any sound files you want to play in nanosampler.
  6. Back in the nanosampler window, click on the same arrow you used in step 4. Now the Project menu item has a submenu, populated by any sound files you placed in the nanosampler folder. Choose one of them.

    Alternatively, you can drag a soundbite into the waveform view of the nanosampler. This copies the soundbite into a new soundfile and puts it into the Samples folder. (You can drag soundbites from the Tracks, Sequence or Soundbites windows.)

  7. By default, your program uses C4 (middle C) as the root key, but you can click on the root key (below the right side of the waveform display), and change it. (The root key is the key that triggers playback of the sample at its original pitch.)

  8. Experiment with the various envelopes, LFO, filter, looping parameters, etc.

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