Syntheogen Guide

Simple Sampler

Updated March 28, 2014

Sampling uses digital recordings to reproduce real or externally-synthesized sounds within your own compositions. Syntheogen offers two samplers: a 'simple' sampler that uses minimal resources, and a 'hybrid' sampler that incorporates elements of subtractive synthesis.

To use the simple sampler, open the TRACK SYNTH dialog and set SYNTH to Simple sampler. The following controls will appear:

TRACK SYNTH dialog with simple sampler

TRACK SYNTH dialog with simple sampler

SAMP

These controls configure the basic sampling operation:

(sample)

Sets the sample for this patch.

Below this box, sample metadata is displayed, including the total RAM consumed by the sample, whether the sample is mono or stereo, and the sample's average loop length, if any. Looped samples can be stretched to play long notes; unlooped samples, which often represent percussion sounds, cannot.

Syntheogen includes dozens of built-in samples, but you can also add your own.
SEMIS Sets the number of semitones by which the pitch produced by the sampler should vary from the notes specified in the pattern.
CENTS Sets the number of cents by which the pitch produced by the sampler should vary from the notes specified in the pattern. A cent is one percent of a semitone.
BODY LEN

Sets the length of each note's body, relative to the length of the step that triggered it, in percent.

Each note has a body within which the attack, decay, and sustain portions of any filter or level envelopes are heard; the release portion of those envelopes follows. By default, the body length equals the length of the step that triggered the note; by setting BODY LEN to a value below 100, that length can be shortened. When combined with a short release, this produces the clipped percussion sounds popular in modern hip hop.

Looped samples always produce bodies that cover the full lengths of their steps; when a looped sample is selected, this control will be disabled.
LEVEL Sets the sampler's output level.

LEVEL

These controls configure the level envelope:

USE ENV Determines whether the level envelope is applied to this patch.
ATTACK Sets the level envelope attack time, in seconds.
DECAY Sets the level envelope decay time, in seconds.
SUSTAIN Sets the level envelope sustain level, in percent.
RELEASE Sets the level envelope release time, in seconds.

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