Are you confused what each of the Vital Sample Player buttons do? In this article I describe what the Vital sample player buttons do and how they work when used in combination with each other. Selecting multiple Vital Sample Player buttons will give you a multitude of options; from playing the sample as recorded, to tempo pitching it, randomly pitching it, randomly starting it, playing it backwards and forwards and everything in between.
The sample player’s capability is a great way to add sparkle to the sound you have designed but to get the best out of it you to need to understand what each button does. I describe the 4 sample player buttons below and what they sound like when used in combination and a link to a free sample to help you understand each function. At the end there are 3 beginner’s tips in readiness for a future article delving into sound design using the sample player in more detail.
Vital Synth’s 4 Sample Player buttons: What do they do on their own?
I have labelled the 4 buttons as follows:
- Keyboard Trigger
- Forward Loop
- Backwards Loop
|Keyboard Trigger: Plays sample at pitch of midi controller keyboard by altering sample tempo (slowing the sample up or down to achieve the pitch)|
|Random Trigger: Randomly triggers sample anywhere within the sample|
|Forward Loop: will retrigger the sample loop from the beginning of the loop once the loop reaches the end|
|Reverse Loop: Will retrigger the sample loop and play in reverse (backwards) from the end of the loop.|
Using Multiple Vital Sample Player Buttons
So now you understand the basics you are probably asking what if I choose multiple sample player buttons? The answer is there are a multitude of variations to choose and each has its own effect. You will need to decide what effect you want to achieve and then chose the right combination unless you are feeling lucky and want to just randomly select them!
Below is a table describing the combinations and what the Vital Synth Sampler will do based on the buttons you turn on and off.
As you can see depending on which buttons you chose you will either be able to play the original sample or pitch it with your keyboard (remember to tune the sample first). The interesting function is that when random is switched on the sample player will start the pitch randomly based on the range of my Akai MPK mini’s Octave range setting which I was not anticipating.
Try out the Sample player settings for yourself!
In the resources folder I have included a small sample of the C major scale which you can download and insert it as your own custom sample; as its a scale it will help you identify the various functions more clearly than say a sample of your favourite pet or arpeggiated lead synth!
Try using multiple Vital Sample Player buttons to hear the multitude of sample player options; from playing the sample as recorded, to tempo pitching it, randomly pitching it and randomly starting it, playing it backwards and forwards. I suggest that you play around with each combination to fully get under the hood of its capabilities. Remember You can further modify the sample by using the pitch button controls or assigning an LFO against them (try random pulses) to completely mash your sounds up!
3 Beginner Tips using the Vital Sample Player
- The sample player is triggered by ENV 1 so make sure the ADSR is set up to play the length of your sample and does not cut it short unless that is what you want.
- Turn off the Oscillators to hear the sample clearly when first trying it out
- Build up your own set of samples and name them in a dedicated folder where you can choose them direct from the Sample player.