Apologies for the fairly detailed post - only read on if you’re interested in helping a newcomer work out whether he can help out by contributing back an EXS24 port of the Kontact version of the Tape Delay Piano…
I posted recently to try to encourage instrument contributors to include the underlying non-proprietary sample files so that the community could perhaps add to the breadth of supported players (Kontact is becoming increasingly the standard, but selfishly, I’d like instruments to be available on EXS24 as I’ve just purchased Logic Pro X and that’s included with the bundle…).
I’m dipping my toes into Samplers for the first time and thought the Tape Delay Piano might be a good test case. The samples are supplied, but the only supported instrument is Kontact.
There are some technical reasons why an instrument created on EXS24 wouldn’t be identical to the one that Christian contributed. The Kontact instrument has 4 fader knobs which blend 4 sets of underlying samples. The lack of scripting support on EXS24 means that this blending can’t be supported in a single instrument (as far as my current experience of a few hours can make out…), but I figure creating 4 separate instruments, one for each set of samples, would mean that the blending could be done at the track level by creating a separate instrument on 4 tracks which could be active at the same time and treated as a single instrument.
As I’m not able to compare with the Kontact version, I’m hoping someone can spare a few minutes to help! I have two specific requests:
Is there a missing octave in the supplied samples?
The supplied samples are intended to be mapped twice to each octave. They’re recorded so that the tape delay repeats in quavers (eight notes) at 90 BPM. This means that if you pitch up a note by a perfect fifth, the frequency increase exactly maps to triplet quavers so that, for example, the delay on the C beats in straight quavers while the G beats in triplets (neat!). The idea is that C is pitched up to G, C# to G#, D to A, etc. This all works fine, but the supplied samples are for C2, C#2, D2, D#2, etc and C4, C#4, etc. Does the Kontact version only support octaves 2 and 4, or are are the notes pitched more broadly?
Help with testing
If I create 4 instruments and post them here, would someone with Kontact be able to compare the output with the Kontact version to see if they’re fairly equivalent?