I’m sure I’m just around the corner of fiddling to figure out how to do this exactly,
but compared to Kontakt, and even my Nord Wave sample editor - I am struggling significantly more in Halion to do what - should be - an extremely simple task.
Kontakt 5 has the most flexibility without being complicated and makes it easy (Kontakt 6 even easier with automatic pitch detecting automap)
And my Nord Wave editor is even more simple albeit limited - you select between note names in the file name, or MIDI number, of which the MIDI number needs to be the last token in the name.
Problems with Halion file import:
in the import dialogue - your are forcing me to select things I don’t want to select or don’t yet understand. Kontakt lets you ignore certain aspects. Just let me map the files based on the MIDI number at the end of the file name - that simple.
I appreciate the complexity of Halions capabilities - but this element should be a very very ultra simple task in 2020 and it is not. It’s difficult to get into this instrument if I am getting hung up on such a rudimentary aspect when trying to design my own sample instruments.
-The mapping attempts I have made have not been correct %100, some samples are ending up on the wrong key or in the wrong range I’m pretty sure, or all the samples are overlapping, etc, etc.
-The Mapping functions names even are sort of linguistically non-sensical - like ‘Text from Sample Name’ and ‘Number from Sample Name’ - that in itself is confusing. It’s all text. ‘120’ is text. Does Text mean note name? If it means note name, you should probably say Note Name. If Number means MIDI number, you should probably say ‘MIDI number’… Or do these things not mean these things, I still don’t know for sure yet. Is it talking about a different number? Is it looking for a alphanumerical 001 type sort number? What is ‘Read from Sample File’? is this META? Then you should probably say META… ‘Mapping -> Key Text In Sample Name’ or ‘Mapping -> Key Number in Sample Name’ - - - Does key mean, piano key as in note number (C#3) or does key mean musical scale as in “the key of the song”… If it means note number - you should probably say ‘note number’ or ‘note name’.
I’m sure I will get it right eventually, but damn - I did not have to use so much brain power to get this to work in Kontakt… And it would be ideal if all my sample playback instruments could use the same file naming scheme and properly utilize the tokens to map MIDI number to key.