a friend of mine told me that he has issues with the monophonic mode of Cubase’s Sampler Track, getting gain build ups by overlapping sample playback. We both expect that the monophonic mode chokes the playback of the first note playing completely as soon as the following note hits. The manual is not very clear of what the mode is doing exactly:
“Activates monophonic playback. For solo instruments, this usually results in a more naturally sounding performance. If monophonic playback is activated, a note that was stolen by another note is retriggered if you still hold the stolen note when you release the new one. This way, you can play trills by holding one note and quickly and repeatedly pressing and releasing another note, for example. If this option is deactivated, you can play up to 128 notes simultaneously.”
I did some tests today with a short sample I created with a sine wave and white noise to check myself and actually my friend was right. I tried all different settings with monophonic mode enabled, one shot mode in the global window and in the amp envelope window and I always got overlapping sample playback resulting in a dirty and louder playback of the second note.
In the screenshots below you see settings of the sampler track and the bounced results of the midi sequence triggering the sampler track. You can see very clearly that the sine wave of the second note is overlapped by the whitenoise of the first note’s playback:
I also run through only a sine wave sample through the same setup visualizing the gain build up a little better:
After seeing that I was wondering if this is a bug or if this is just the best way to implement this. I did the same test with Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol Sampler with Polyphony set to 1 and One Shot Playback with basically the same results:
It would be really cool if someone could explain why this happens and if there is any way to have “real” monophonic mode where the playback of the first sample is choked completely in the moment the second note hits.
Thanks a lot,