Halion 4 is probably great but unless you intend becoming a power sampler user could be overkill or overpriced at nearly £300.
You could do worse than have a play with Vember Shortcircuit (v1.x Do not bother with v2) which is a free basic sampler. Works fine for quickly laying stuff out across your keyboard or using as a percussion sampler
It does drag & drop with one caveat…it seems to load the original wav rather than any cut event…it does set the part you cut as an event as the active section so it only affects the waveform view & maybe uses more memory.
Could be useful as you can then scan backwards & forwards in the sampler to try out different hits.
Or you can always bounce selection on just that event before dragging…the small event then becomes the original file for the event so that is all that gets dropped in to the sampler.
Actually got it open now to confirm this & I have to retract my “basic sampler” comment…It’s actually got a lot more editing capability than I remembered.
It’s completely free so you have nothing to lose giving it a try.
I wonder why Steinberg doesn’t include a basic sampler with Cubase. Just a simple drag/drop thingy, where you drop sample, and can play it with midi keyboard… Need not be anything fancy, no competition to Halion. Just let me drag/drop one single sample to something, and I can play it immediately. Too much to ask?
You can drag and drop a sample to Groove Agent ONE and play immediately with a MIDI controller…as the 2nd post up indicates.
You can also chop up a sample in the “Sample Editor”, and drag and drop all the slices (as the whole sample) onto their own individual pads in Groove Agent ONE, automatically. Just slice it up and press alt (or shift or something of the sort. Cant think of the command off hand) while dragging it into GA ONE. Just make sure you are low enough in the octaves to fit all the following slices on the remaining pads/notes.
No, not really. I want to play melody and chords, not trigger drums or other clips.
To use GA1 for melody and chords I would have to manually make copies of sample, and then transpose them each by semitones. For 2 octaves I’d have to make 24 samples. This makes no sense.
If nothing else, at least Steinberg could make automated proces for this, as additional GA1 mode. With one click or drag/drop, to make files, transpose them and load to GA1 pads. I could live with that. But transposing 24 samples manually, each by semitome more than preivious, thats no fun at all.
I like ShortCircuit, but IMO the ‘Uvi Sound Engine’ is the best and highest sound quality free VSTi going. Hell, it’s the sound engine Spectrasonic used.
Cubase has always been the best DAW with the poorest included package of VSTi. It’s not going to change. You’re going to have to pay to get their good stuff … like Halion 4 or the $500.00 Neve fx plugins.