Hands on - Akai S1000 digital sampler (part 5)
Let's suppose you have recorded a number of drum samples and you want to get them to play on different notes on your MIDI keyboard. Let's say that there are five different samples (not very ambitious considering the 200 sample capability of the S1000!). First things first, press EDIT PROG to enter the Program Edit page. This page allows access via soft keys to further pages for creating keygroups and setting MIDI, output and pitch parameters. Since we have five samples, we'll have to create five keygroups so go ahead and press the KGRP soft key.
What you'll see at this point is a page containing quite a lot of information. Take the cursor to the end of the line which says "Change number of keygroups" and press the '+' button until the number of keygroups is five. For some reason, you can't add or delete keygroups by turning the data knob. The only other thing you need bother with on this page at the moment is the line, "Note-on sample coherence". Remembering my words at the beginning of this article, think carefully before deciding whether or not to turn it on (all is explained in the sidebar on coherence). Now we have five keygroups, press the SPAN soft key. Now, as in Figure 4 (which only shows two keygroups), we can set the notes to which our drum samples will react. The easiest way to do this is, with a MIDI keyboard connected, to take the cursor to the 'LOW' note of the first keygroup and press the lowest key on the MIDI keyboard to which you want this keygroup to respond. The note will be entered automatically and the cursor will move ready for you to enter the next item of data. By doing this repeatedly you can set the MIDI keys for all the keygroups very quickly. Now we have the keygroups set up we shall assign some samples to them. Press the SMP1 soft key.
Figure 5 shows the Sample 1 page with no less than four samples assigned to one keygroup. This is a bit over the top for our purposes, but let me assure you that unless you are editing an existing program then you won't be troubled by samples already present in the second, third and fourth zones ('zn' in Figure 5) so ignore them for now. The default s ample in zone 1 is 'SINE' which can be replaced by your first drum sample. Taking the cursor back up to the top of the page, change the keygroup ('KG') to '2', make sure that you're only changing the parameters of one keygroup rather than all of them (set 'ED:ONE' rather than 'ED:ALL') and continue to enter the rest of your samples into the keygroups. Since these are drum samples we had better make sure that all of them, apart from the open hihat probably, play all the way through at even a short key press. Go to the SMP2 page and set the playback type to be 'TO END', as necessary. Once all this is done, you can go back to the main screen via the SELECT PROG button and your program will be ready to play. It will be named 'TEST PROGRAM' as yet, but I am sure you can figure out the program naming procedure (via EDIT PROG) easily enough. Remember always to save your hard work to disk before something happens that will cause you strife.