Here are the exact steps I take, it does not work for me. Perhaps you can spot the reason to me and the other users no?
1.) Start with a fresh slate, zero previously loaded programs.
2.) Press CTRL + I to bring up the sample import browser.
3.) Select multiple samples from a directory of choice, for example C:\test, 1.wav, 2.wav, 3.wav etc.
4.) Select these multiple samples via holding CTRL while clicking on them.
5.) Drag with your mouse all selected samples into a blank Cubase project. This will create an audio track with each imported sample on its own audio track.
6.) Select each of these imported samples one by one and drag them into the slot rack of the blank Halion 4 instance currently loaded. This will create a program with the name of the imported sample.
7.) Right click on each of the programs and select SAVE PROGRAM AS.
8.) Tag the sample as seen fit by you the user and save. Do this for each of the programs loaded into the slots.
9.) When finished, close out the current Cubase project including the loaded instance of Halion 4. When it asks to delete the recordings/audio events that were created click yes, afterall, we don’t need all these duplicates on our drive and these events were never meant to be saved within a Cubase project, these events were created for the sole purpose of importing and saving back into Halion 4 for VST Preset creation.
10.) Reboot the system, start up Cubase again, Halion 4 again and try and load a sample you just created. You will be greeted with a can’t find sample, please locate dialog box. The icon will also turn red in the program list that the sample for the loaded program cannot be found.
11.) Direct the dialog box to where the sample was originally imported from via CTRL + I, it will work during the current session. Close this session out, start another and try and load the program again, again it will ask you for the location, it does not remember!
This goes on and on. If you have created hundreds of different presets scattered from various directories around your hard drive, you can quickly see how mundane and frustrating this entire process is.
Having to CTRL + I each and every time you want to load a WAV file from your hard drive to create a VST PRESET from is a real long and tedious process. This CTRL + I sample import dialog browser should be made into a tab one could access from directly in Halion 4 itself, just like the mixer, mediabay, sound, zone etc. This would at least eliminate the constant hot key presses needed to bring up this dialog box each and every time you want to load in a new sound.
Getting the samples to properly remember their location each and every time you load them is a bonus too.
I am extremely grateful to hear that this will at least be improved in future updates. I am looking forward to this and only this from any upcoming updates. Nothing else concerns me if I can’t get a solid and reliable library going for which to use within Halion 4. Tweaking and features should come after proper functionality of existing functions are tweaked and optimized.
What are your personal thoughts on my tab idea of the CTRL + I sample import browser, just like Halion 3 had Marcus? No hot key pressing was needed to browse quickly and efficiently within that program 7 years ago.