Samples played out of tune / Chromatic mode


#1

AR mk1.
I’m trying to play Bass guitar samples chromatically, but the tuning is a bit random by more than a few semitones.
I’ve read here that playing the synths chromatically tends to drift a bit, so does that also apply to samples in other users experience?


#2

which machines, never heard of this with those designed to play well chromatically

i wouldn’t expect so, you should provide more detail about your usage case - i’d be surprised if the samples drifted a few cents, let alone drifting ‘randomly’ a few semitones

are you placing the sample at the expected C in its central position or are you using and accounting for a differently pitched sample - either way it should be fine (whether a synth voice on that track complements it well depends on the particular machine)


#3

On this old thread

Firstly, the synth machine is disabled for the pad that the Bass sample is on.

I’m using a C note I sampled from Bass guitar, so it’s pitch perfect. When I play it in chromatic mode, each pad changes pitch each time I hit it, even the one that is supposed to be the original sample.

If I hadn’t spent so much time sampling Bass tones I’d just let it go. I actually sampled every note on the neck, and chords, arpeggios, picked and plucked notes, and with effects.


#4

the 1.3 release addressed this though with new chromatic friendly machines - you can get mileage from some of the older machines but some can never be used like that (e…g. toms) and others are not useful, but some are - e.g. some bass drums when used carefully

anyway - samples wise - this is not a function of the machine it’s 100% a reflection of your setup as it stands

sounds like a random lfo is assigned to pitch or velocity is assigned to it e.g… (also disconnect midi connections temporarily)

if you take a new kit and add that sample it will play correctly chromatically - this concept has no connection to the suitability of older synthesis machines that may not have been envisaged as being used chromatically - some latter ones definitely were designed to play well that way


#5

Turns out okay starting with a new project and kit from scratch.

Problem appears to have been in messing with a kit and patterns that have been modded too much.