The MIDI Tab
The MIDI tab’s parameters turn Sampler into a
dynamic performance instrument. The MIDI
controllers Key, Velocity, Release Velocity,
Aftertouch, Modulation Wheel, Foot Controller
and Pitch Bend can be mapped to two
destinations each, with varying degrees of influence.
For example, if we set Velocity’s Destination
A to Loop Length, and its Amount A to 100,
high velocities will result in long loop
lengths, while low velocities will create
Ableton Sampler (Live Suite
only, not Intro or Standard): Sampler is
Ableton's advanced sampling instrument. It's
extremely versatile, combining traditional
sampling features with advanced sound design
and synthesis. Sampler can handle any kind of
multi-gigabyte instrument library you care to
name--including AKAI S1000, S3000, GigaStudio,
EXS, SoundFont and (non-encrypted) Kontakt.
But the fun really starts when you go in deep
and start sound-shaping--Sampler gives you
intuitive control over every detail of your
sound. Be prepared to create vibrant and
complex sounds from even the most basic audio
(i.e. Magnus Choir NI KONTAKT
Sampler can use multisamples
created by a number of other software and
To import a third-party
multisample, navigate to the file in
Live‘s browser and drag it into a Live
Set. This will import it into your User
Importing will create new
Sampler presets, which you can find in
the browser under User
Note that some
multisample files will be converted to
Instrument Rack presets that contain
several Sampler instances used to
emulate the original more accurately.
For all multisample
formats except Apple EXS24/GarageBand
and Kontakt, Live will import the actual
audio data and create new samples. This
means the new Sampler presets will work
regardless of whether the original
multisample file is still available.
To import Apple EXS24/GarageBand
and Kontakt multisamples, Live will
create new Sampler presets that
reference the original WAV or AIF files.
This means that removing the original
WAV or AIF files will render the new
Sampler presets useless. Live‘s File
Manager offers the option to collect and
save these external samples.
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Sampler just imports the .nki file and simply references the samples...
Collecting External Files
To prevent a Live Set from
containing broken file references, Live provides
the option of
collecting (i.e., copying) them into the Set’s
project folder. This is accomplished via the
• Choose the Manage Files command from the
• Click the Manage Set button
• Unfold the triangular-shaped fold button in
the External Files section.
Options for Collecting
Separated by location (the Library, installed
by factory Live Packs, other Projects and
sample collections from external drives, for
example), the File Manager provides:
• A file count and the associated disk space
• A Show button that will list the files in the
• A Yes/No toggle for engaging or disengaging
Note: Make sure to con rm your choices by
clicking the File Manager’s Collect and Save
The File Manager’s
Collect and Save Button.
The File menu’s Collect All and Save command
is a shortcut that collects and saves all
external files referenced by the current Set,
including those from the Library. Note that
can cause a lot of copying, especially if your
Live Set uses large multisample collections!
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