Sampling Modules Overview

Usine Hollyhock provides 6 different sampler modules each with their own characteristics. All samplers can handle signals anywhere from Mono to 64 channels of recording/playback, and can load several formats such as mp3, wav, aif, and aiff audio files.

Within you will find classic samplers, granular samplers, MIDI-integrated samplers, and various creative ready-made patches like the RECORD Audio Joggle. You can add markers, pitch, volume, panoramic curves, and zoom in and out of the waveform. Each of these provide distinct characteristics such as live recording and unusual processing capabilities.

Note that Usine utilizes a 32-bit float audio format for all the sample recorders.

Module Waveform Display Grain Processing Record MIDI Input
Sample player YES - - -
Sample player recorder YES - YES -
Grain Sample player YES YES - -
Grain Sample Player Recorder YES YES YES -
MIDI Sampler YES - - YES
Old Modules Waveform Display Grain Processing Record MIDI Input
MIDI Sampler old via Wave Display - - YES
MIDI Sampler recorder old via Wave Display - YES YES
Grain Sampler Old via Wave Display YES - -
Grain Sampler recorder Old via Wave Display YES YES -

The sample player / recorder

The classic Sample player and the Sample player recorder provide an array of quantization tools and advanced settings. Common modifiers such as pitch, gain control, and reversal are also available to alter sample content.

The grain sample player / recorder

The Grain Sample player and the Grain Sample Player Recorder provide similar functionality as the classic sampler, however with the addition of a powerful granular engine. Grain options include things such as the Grain size duration, speed synchronization and manual percentage adjustments, and the ability to choose windowing options to shape the grains (hanning, gaussian, bartlett, blackman-harris, and nuttall).

The granular engine allows the ability to modify the speed of the sample playback without affecting the pitch of the content. It can be used for example, to adapt a drum loop to a different tempo while maintaining pitch and original the percussive elements.

The grain sampler works well for speed modification between 80% and 150% of the sample’s originally recorded tempo.

The MIDI sampler

The MIDI Sampler can be used to directly interface with incoming MIDI. Like classic samplers, these modules/patches provide key-to-pitch playback of the sample material. This allows the use of any MIDI keyboard or MIDI enabled module such as the Sequenced Step MIDI, Random Midi Out, and Piano Roll to control triggering and playback of the sampled audio.

3 zones of possible actions

  • Zone 1: Clicking a position in the header will set the cursor position.
  • Zone 2: Selecting and dragging the flagged start and end points will modify the loop position.
  • Zone 3: Markers: Double-Click to create/delete the marker. Drag & Drop the marker to position it.

Using the mouse wheel

  • Use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out of the waveform.

Adding and using curves

  • 1. Click to choose the curve type within the contextual menu you want to display.
  • 2. Double-click to create/delete points on the curve.
  • 3. Drag & Drop a point to shape the curve as you want it.