Basic Sampler question, how to trigger a sample?

I'm new to Ableton and production in general. I have a very basic question. Right now I'm using solely my PC w/ Ableton Suite and no external MIDI interface.

I'm trying to manipulate a vocal sample, from what I gather this is commonly chopped up & done in Sampler?

I cannot figure out how to actually trigger the sample in Sampler. I can do so in a regular audio track, but Sampler seems to be used for chopping things up for effect layering, an I can't figure out how to actually play the sample with Sampler. There doesn't seem to be a Play button or Keyboard hotkey, and as I said I have no MIDI interface. I've dropped my sample into Sampler and see the waveform just fine... but can't play it.

Thanks for any input as I'm a bit confused


jsrobinson 6 years ago | 0 comments

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  • Soundtrackband
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    Honestly, this is one of the stupidest things about Live. The enforcement of using the midi roll to trigger audio instead of a SIMPLE PLAY BUTTON INSIDE THE SAMPLER or is it SIMPLER, which it is NOT!. It's just mind bogglingly dumb. I used an OS 9.0 program called Back to Basics which was stuck using SND sounds. However, guess what it did. IT OFFERED THREE CLEAR CHOICES you could program into EACH KEYBOARD KEY!

    PLAY ONCE and stop, LOOP WHILE HELD DOWN, and LOOP FOREVER UNTIL SHUT OFF. THAT WAS A GREAT PROGRAM! HOw is it, over a decade later, we have software that does LESS in the SAMPLING REALM. Ableton is great at PLAYING SAMPLES, but not so great at making them.

    5 months ago | 0 comments
  • 3l3tric
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    There's something called Choke in Live 10 and it also exists in Live 9 where you play a sample assigned to one note then play another sample on another note, it will stop the previous playback of the previous sound if the Choke number assigned to each sample is the same. To retrigger a sample, simply make the Choke the same per sample and if you want to overlap sounds, make the Choke numbers different.

    5 months ago | 0 comments
  • NoFo
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    you can use the computer keyboard as a keyboard. activate this option (keyboard icon) in the upper right corner of the gui. you also need to activate the midi track for receiving notes by activating the button next to the track number. you will notice that every miditrack has a small black circle with 5 pins. it´s activated when it´s highlighted red. if you want to trigger another midi-track, then activate the other track. to playback the sound of a midi-track, there generally need to be notes -> you simply mark a specific part (only the track you want to trigger) in the timeline (arrangement view!!)with your mouse and right click -> create midi track. when there is a red automation line, you need to position the cursor above it -> otherwise the desired function will not appear! then double click on the coloured bar and the "piano roll window" shows up. this is the heart of a miditrack. here you can add notes, manipulate their length... and everything you need to adjust them. just play with it :)

    i absolutely recommend a midi keyboard !!!

    i hope your question is answered. sorry for my poor english ;)


    6 years ago | 1 comment

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