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Serato Sample

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Serato Sample
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 1.3 
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Serato Sample

Speed up your sampling with Serato Sample. A powerful and intuitive sampling plugin to quickly find, chop, key shift and time-stretch samples using the power of Pitch 'n Time.

Key features of Serato Sample:

  • Unrivalled time-stretching - Time-stretch samples to extreme values without any unwanted artefacts. It's also easy to sync samples to your project.
  • Fast, intuitive workflow - Slice and dice samples with ease across 32 pads using Serato Sample's MPC-style layout.
  • Flawless key detection and shifting - Find the key and then shift it with the power of Pitch 'n Time, and instantly key-sync samples to your project.
  • Find the best samples - With one click Serato Sample's algorithm finds 32 of the best samples to work with, or strike magic with the 'Random' feature.
  • Change samples beyond recognition - You can manipulate each pad individually. Mess around with key, BPM and more with pad parameters.
  • Keyboard mode - Play one sample across the full piano scale like a synth.

More features:

  • Individual pad output routing.
  • Per-pad velocity.
  • Serato DJ Cue Point workflow.
  • Mono/Poly playback.
  • Beat grid editing.
  • Glide knob.

System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.10+, Windows 7 with SP1 + (64-bit only).

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User Reviews Average user rating of 3.67 from 3 reviews Add A Review

Serato Sample
Reviewed By Chipi
April 24th, 2022

< Serato Studio v1.7 >A professional composing tool for the professional musician, with professional sound and excellent effects. The editing, programming and composing flow of a track makes it a wonderful companion when it comes to getting inspiration and fast music composition results. It uses VSTs of any type and handles them with excellence and very low CPU consumption.

The effects that it already incorporates are of great quality although they can not be edited in depth, but surely it will be able to in next updates. The new version 1.7 incorporates 16 pads per group which makes it fantastically well and the incorporation of the mixer and the automation of each sample in real time make this work tool something incredible.

I can record a drum line, give an independent effect to each sound in the kit and then record automation of panning, equalization filters, etc. all in real time and recorded to perfection and all in seconds.

The final sound is a gem, no clicks or delays of any kind. The project saves and opens very quickly and never loses any sample along the way, very nice Serato.

I can export every Stem in my mix in seconds and then master it separately in any mastering software. Serato is a gem of inspiration, ideas, concepts and fast elaboration of any musical style, but I have found it genius for original electronic music compositions specifically. Thanks to the Serato Studio development team! A phenomenal DAW 2022! - Chipi.

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Serato Sample
Reviewed By bassc
December 5th, 2020

I was on the lookout for a slicer and trialled this recently. I personally found it bit counterintuitive, with time-stretching reminiscent of RealPlayer (the popular streaming player in the 90s, AKA very bad).

The first problem I had is the interface isn't scalable, which is disappointing because you can't use your screen's real estate to view more of the sample subject. It feels quite letterbox effect even on smaller samples and using the zoom, since the interface occupies less than a quarter of the screen at a resolution of 2560 x 1440.

Placing the slice markers has been implemented for speed and I can appreciate that, but it is a bit strange not to offer other options. You can loosely put them in as you play the sample, then go back and tighten up is one way. Or you can jog through the sample, press a note or pad to place. You hear sound whilst jogging through the sample, but it really isn't too indicative of where you are and that small display makes it difficult too.

You press a key once to set a slice marker (whether playing or jogging through), then again to play. This is fast but makes it easy to set a slice accidently if you hit a note that is still unassigned. Deleting that marker is slightly cumbersome in that you have to select the pad and choose delete. Double clicking either the marker or slice button would've been a bit more intuitive, though granted you can have markers at exactly the same point so selecting then delete makes some sense in this scenario.

Weirdly when you play anything, the play position bounces back to the start of the slice and there's no mode to stop that. The two play modes are play and bounce back when released, or play in entirety to slice end when released (if set, or the rest of sample if the end = start, the two flags top and bottom on a slice). The bounce back I found annoying as I'd have liked to play something, then when it approached the next slice, have it stop, jog up to the transient using the mouse, then lay down a marker. Instead you have to jog from the last slice point with that not very intuitive mechanism or play live and press at the right time/correct later.

Helpful features include the find slices (for happy accidents), lock slices (using favourite) so you can re-find more without affecting what you have locked in, plus several individual slice parameters that include a DJ filter (<50% is lowpass, >50% is highpass), reverse, key-shift, time-stretch, reverse and envelope options. Multiple DAW outputs are also very welcome for further processing of individual chops.

The keyboard icon lets you pick a slice then sets it into a mode where the MIDI keyboard re-pitches it. Strangely, this isn't represented in the external parameters (for automating), even though those parameters are very well represented otherwise when it comes to automation.

During jogging through the sample, you can almost scratch, like you can with Serato DJ or other DJ software. "Seek" is exposed as an external parameter and I thought it would be possible to perhaps do some automation scratching using a controller or DAW drawing, but alas it isn't sensitive enough for that. I think this is a lost opportunity.

Another disappointment is we are clearly in time-stretch territory. There is no option to simply re-pitch the sample exactly to the DAW tempo. Sync will simply time-stretch it. So you loosely have to find the pitch in semitones (there's no fine-tune pitch), so that ends up with usually a combination of pitch and time-stretching being applied.

Summary

This can be a lot of fun and quick to get going with, but overall I didn't want to purchase this because I found the sound quality and time-stretching to sound really bad and far worse than DAWs (it's lo-fi, but not in a good way). Maybe that's a sacrifice of real time time-stretching, but I'm sure the hip-hop heads would've been happy with just a re-pitch option, MPC style.

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Serato Sample
Reviewed By DarseZ
December 29th, 2019

SO USER FRIENDLY, and intuitive. Incredibly easy to map parts of an audio file to keys.

The UI is so easy to figure out. It's the first software I've tried that is this easy.

Main limitations: no velocity sensitivity and no layering samples split by velocity. Do this and you'll have something that people like me would walk away from everything else for.

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