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Logic Pro Sampler

(Formerly EXS24 Sampler)

Logic Sampler: The former EXS Instrument is now known as a mapping. The former EXS Setting is now referred to as synth parameters.

  

Sampler is a sophisticated software sampler with which you can quickly create multisample instruments using drag-and-drop workflows.

Audio files, called samples, are combined into tuned, organized collections called sampler instruments. A sampler instrument is the file type that is loaded into Sampler with the plug-in Settings pop-up menu. When you choose a sampler instrument, the associated audio files are automatically located on the hard disk (or disks) and are loaded into your computer’s RAM. You play and record the loaded sampler instrument in the same way as any software instrument. Sampler is fully compatible with EXS instrument libraries.

The Sampler interface is contained in a single scrolling window, with shortcut buttons shown in the Navigation bar at the top. You can show or hide sections (panes) of the interface and can use the Navigation bar buttons to resize and quickly navigate between panes.

  • Synth pane: This pane contains synthesis options that you use to set global pitch, filter, pan and volume settings for your sounds.

  • Mod Matrix pane: This pane contains modulation routing options that you can configure to affect the playback of your sounds.

  • Modulators pane: This pane contains LFO and envelope modulators that you use to control the pitch, amplitude, and filter settings of your sounds. These modulators can be routed to parameters in the Mod Matrix.

  • Mapping pane: You use this pane to create and edit sampler instruments, and to set and control group and zone parameters.

  • Zone pane: You use this pane to edit individual samples (zones) within sampler instruments.

  


Use the Navigation bar shortcut buttons

In Logic Pro, you can use the Navigation bar shortcut buttons to hide or show panes within the Sampler interface, to quickly navigate between visible panes, and to resize panes within the visible area. The Navigation bar Action pop-up menu provides commands used to manage synthesizer parameter and mapping data.


Navigation bar parameters
 

Navigation buttons: Use to view, and scroll to panes. Double-click to switch pane zoom levels. Click the LED to hide panes. Drag samples here to add them. You can do the following:

  • Click a navigation button to scroll the main UI to the corresponding pane.

  • Click the yellow LED inside a navigation button to hide the corresponding pane.

  • Click the navigation button of a hidden pane to show the pane and automatically scroll to it.

  • Double-click a navigation button to expand the corresponding pane vertically. The pane expands to the maximum useful pane height, in proportion to the height of other open panes and the overall height of the plug-in window.

  • Double-click the navigation button of a vertically expanded pane to reduce the pane to its default height or to a height that you have set.

Tip: You can resize panes vertically by moving the pointer over the boundary between panes until it becomes a handle, then dragging the handle.

  • Option-click a navigation button to expand the corresponding pane vertically and hide all other panes.

  • Action pop-up menu: Choose commands used to manage synthesizer parameter and mapping data.

Note: You can directly drag one or more samples onto the Navigation bar to create new groups and zones.

 


Use the Navigation bar Action pop-up menu

In Logic Pro, you can use Navigation bar Action pop-up menu items to perform synth parameter handling and import commands.

These commands include functions that were used in the precursor to Sampler, the EXS24 mkII. To explain, the former EXS Instrument is now known as a mapping. The former EXS Setting is now referred to as synth parameters. If you prefer to work with these elements, you can use the Navigation bar Action pop-up menu commands.

Sampler Navigation bar, showing the Action pop-up menu at the far right.
You can choose any of the listed commands from the Navigation bar Action pop-up menu to perform these operations:

  • Initialize Synth Parameters: Recalls a neutral setting for all parameters in the Synth, Mod Matrix, and Modulators panes. This provides a clean slate when you are adjusting the parameters of your sampler instrument.

Note: This does not affect the existing mapping.

  • Copy Synth Parameters without Mapping: Copies all current parameter values from the Synth, Mod Matrix, and Modulators panes to the Clipboard.

  • Paste Synth Parameters without Mapping: Pastes all parameter values of the Synth, Mod Matrix, and Modulators panes stored in the Clipboard into another sampler instrument.

Note: This does not affect the mapping of the target instrument.

  • Import Synth Parameters without Mapping: Choose an instrument to use as a source for Synth, Mod Matrix, and Modulators pane parameter values.

Note: This does not affect the mapping of the target instrument.

  • New Mapping: Creates a new, empty mapping that can be used as a source (template) for your sampler instruments.

Note: This does not affect existing Synth, Mod Matrix, and Modulators pane parameter values.

  • Import Mapping without Synth Parameters: Choose an instrument as a sample mapping data source. Synth, Mod Matrix, and Modulators pane parameter values are ignored.

Note: This does not affect the Synth, Mod Matrix, and Modulators pane parameter values of the target instrument.

  


Folder Paths for Syntheway Sample Libraries (.exs Instruments) in Logic Pro / MainStage (Sampler / Alchemy) and GarageBand (AUSampler):


Copy the Syntheway EXS Sample Library folder into your “Sampler Instruments” folder


By default, Logic, MainStage and GarageBand create a folder upon installation in the following file paths:

Logic (Sampler, Alchemy):

Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Logic/Sampler Instruments/

MainStage (Sampler, Alchemy):

Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/MainStage/Sampler Instruments/

GarageBand (AUSampler):

Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/GarageBand/Instrument Library/Sampler/Sampler Instruments


Other file paths can include:
 

Logic (Sampler, Alchemy):

Macintosh HD/Users/<USERNAME>/Music/Audio Music Apps/Sampler Instruments/

MainStage (Sampler, Alchemy):

Macintosh HD/Users/<USERNAME>/Library/Application Support/MainStage/Sampler Instruments/

GarageBand (AUSampler):

Macintosh HD/Users/<USERNAME>Library/Application Support/GarageBand/Instrument Library/Sampler/Sampler Instruments


EXS24 backwards compatible: Backwards compatible with the legendary EXS24, those heavily invested in that eco-system will find everything has now just been smoothly transferred over. Even with all of the new tech that has been injected into Sampler, I have thus far had no issues running software instruments made throughout the years on EXS24. Sampler uses the same file extension as EXS24 and stores/accesses custom-made software instruments via the same default location on your hard drive.


Syntheway EXS24 MkII Sample Libraries

for Apple Logic Pro Sampler, GarageBand AUSampler (macOS ), Ableton Live Sampler, Steinberg HALion, MOTU MachFive 3, Presence XT Sampler -PreSonus Studio One 3 Professional- (macOS & Windows), E-MU Emulator X3 and Image-Line DirectWave Player for Windows.

EXS24 MkII Sample Libraries for Apple Logic Pro EXS24 Sampler, GarageBand AUSampler (macOS ), Ableton Live Sampler, Steinberg HALion, MOTU MachFive 3, Presence XT Sampler -PreSonus Studio One 3 Professional- (macOS & Windows) as well as E-MU Emulator X3 and Image-Line DirectWave Player for Windows.


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Logic Pro® Sampler and EXS24 are trademarks of Apple Inc.

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