A tool that can cut/extract samples automatically

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4692 posts since 17 Aug, 2004

Post Tue May 09, 2023 5:21 am

I am looking for a tool, an app, or whatever. I simply don't know where to start.

I have more feature requests but for now, can anyone point me in the good direction?

Example: I record a drum machine. Bass drum. Say my volume is set up and I recorded 80 hits with my decay and tune in various positions. Between each hit, there is a silence. The recording is one single wav file.

Is there a tool that can automatically and perfectly detect the first transient (or what's the best way) and then silence it after the hit, so that in the end it can extract all of my samples as a separate file? A bonus would be that I define a naming formula so I am ending with 80 files named by a specific prefix (but that is not mandatory).

87 posts since 6 Jun, 2017 from Germany

Post Tue May 09, 2023 5:46 am

WaveLab has an auto split function, please see here: https://steinberg.help/wavelab_pro/v11/ ... lit_c.html

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14760 posts since 8 Mar, 2005 from Utrecht, Holland

Post Tue May 09, 2023 8:46 am

Some names from the past: WaveKnife, SampleRobot.
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307 posts since 15 May, 2003 from R'lyeh

Post Wed May 10, 2023 1:42 pm

You're welcome..

Wavelab Pro is the only version that does auto-splitting (and it is still a rather confusing operation at that) so unless you want to pony up $500 or so for a license, don't bother.

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253 posts since 12 Apr, 2010 from Bologna, Italy

Post Fri May 12, 2023 11:40 pm


This guy replied to me some times ago, and i think his stuffs are good for you (i didn't use it myself 'cause i have too many short samples that the program ignores)


Lol, i've just reinforced the previous post suggestions :D
Did'nt realized that was the same program, sorry :)
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9438 posts since 17 Sep, 2002 from Gothenburg Sweden

Post Sat May 13, 2023 2:47 am

Surely you can make Audacity do that?

Topic Starter
4692 posts since 17 Aug, 2004

Post Sat May 13, 2023 4:47 am

Thanks, guys I will investigate. Some really good info there. I appreciate it.

106 posts since 12 May, 2006

Post Thu Jun 01, 2023 5:12 am

Hi there,

a while ago I made a software for this purpose.
Look @ www.pulpoaudio.com , it's called SamplingSession.
Should do everything you described.

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email: pulpo@pulpoaudio.com

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453 posts since 9 Feb, 2019

Post Mon Jun 05, 2023 5:37 am

I´d suggest MRecorder for and simply! record the drums individually with ist. You just have to hit record and stop afterwards. It´ll cut and name the filtes automatically.

And furthermore there are samplers (Halion, MPC, ...) with a slice mode that can be helpful. But at the end of the day Wavelab.

222 posts since 5 May, 2020

Post Mon Jun 05, 2023 9:00 am

Reaper is an inexpensive, full-featured DAW that has this function.

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