Device to automatically slice and pitch a sample?

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Device to automatically slice and pitch a sample?

Post by Rhypht » Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:36 pm

I thought there was a way (in Live, or with an M4L device) to import a pitched sample, and then slice it to a number of midi notes (determined by you) while pitching it and keeping it's speed, automatically.

I must admit that Sampler is still relatively new to me, and I'm by no means a master at it yet. So maybe this is something Sampler can do pretty easily.

Basically I have tonal samples that I want to turn into instruments. I don't like just throwing them into a Sampler unwarped because it causes the sample to speed up or slow down in order to pitch it. I'm trying to pitch while retaining playback tempo. I know it's possible to manually do it with warping, and to just make a new sample for every third or every other key to keep the tempo intact, but I seem to remember watching someone do this automatically without having to spend all of that time on it.

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Re: Device to automatically slice and pitch a sample?

Post by Garry Knight » Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:59 pm

Drag the sample onto an audio track then right-click the title bar of the clip and you'll see the following options:

Slice to New MIDI Track
Convert Harmony to New MIDI Track
Convert Melody to New MIDI Track
Convert Drums to New MIDI Track

Is this what you're looking for?
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Re: Device to automatically slice and pitch a sample?

Post by ImNotDedYet » Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:14 pm

Just keep in mind there are a number of options available for I believe the Slice to New MIDI Track, so make sure you've selected the correct slicing option.

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Re: Device to automatically slice and pitch a sample?

Post by Steve Glen » Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:13 pm

Rhypht, I think that the terminology is getting things a little confused. "Slice" , in live, refers to process where an audio file is represented by a new midi file. It sounds lioe what you want is for a sampling process where the resulting instrument adjusts the pitch (keytracked) but doesn't change the playback sample speed. Yeh?

I think sampler (with one reference sample) does adjust the playback speed and i think simpler does too. I dont know of a device that performs this automatically so I'd probably warp copies of the original file (with warp mode suited and tweaked for every new note) then written to a new file. Change the clip name to reference the sound and pitch before writing to a new file. Then import to sampler (all at once i think) and make sure the target notes match up the incoming notes by pulling up the 'Zone' layout. Makes sense?

Sound like work? This is why (plus other reasons) I use soft synths instead of samples.

Question? Can wavetable synths be configured to capture long(er) style waveforms? The type that a person might want to copy like in the above example?

What Harmr? Are these synths good for that? Or are there better sampling synths? Probably, right?

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