We started using this sample manager a while back, it has been quite a game changer in terms of speeding up our production process. Before we started using this plugin we would literally dedicate days to carefully organizing our collection of samples. I’m sure you know what a headache it can be trying to arrange a newly downloaded sample pack, especially when your in the zone and you’re looking for that perfect kick drum or vocal chop to fit the mix.
Not to worry though, ADSR Sample Manager has you covered.
Quick setup and 1st search
It’s really easy to setup. After you install and open the plugin, get started by clicking the folder icon on the top let of the screen, you will then see the button “add library”. Click the button and locate your main directory for your sample library, or if you prefer, add your libraries individually. Sample Manager will then do a quick scan to automatically create the best categories for all of your samples.
Once your samples are added you will be able to perform your first search by typing in the field at the top that says “what sounds are you looking for?”. Try searching “Clap” I’m sure you will be amazed at how many clap samples you didn’t realize you had.
About ADSR Sample Manager
Whats great about Sample Manager, is it can be used as a sampler straight in your DAW. You can simply draw in a midi note while you are browsing for your samples to be able to hear the samples in the context of your track. Once you’ve found the sample that you’re looking for, you can easily drag and drop the sample straight into your project, or into a sampler of your choice, or just leave the sampler loaded and run multiple instances.
The built in loop sync feature is also really handy, it helps to automatically synchronize your loops to the current project tempo without affecting the pitch of the sample. However, for one shot samples, I prefer to turn this feature off.
The speed of this tool is also incredibly fast, we’ve never experienced loading times searching in between samples.
Setting favorites is also extremely useful, you can do this by clicking on the heart icon next to the sample. If you want to find that sample in the future, just click the heart icon that’s at the top of the page and it will populate all of your previously saved favorites. If you want to narrow the search down even further simply add another search tag after favorite.
Search tags can also be stacked if you’re looking for a more specific sample, e.g “Punchy”, “Snare”. Make sure to press enter after entering your 1st tag to add another.
Key tracking – this is really awesome. Sample Manager analyzes any sample with melodic content and shows you what key the sample is in. You can also use the little keyboard icon in the top right to filter your results to only show a specific key or scale. This is super useful when you’ve already decided on a certain scale for your music and you want to grab that quick sample without still having to spend time manually pitching sounds.
Samples can also be transposed to specific keys automatically, for example. If the sample you want to use is in the key of C, but your root note of your track is F, you can tick the box at the bottom next to “key” and then click the drop down next to it and set the root note.
Play back modes – This is really fun. There is 4 playback modes in total.
- Default – plays the sample once.
- Forward/Reverse ping-pong
- Reverse/Forward ping-pong
Export data base – This can be found in the settings, by clicking the gear icon in the bottom right, it will export all tags, library locations and settings to a zip file. This can be used to backup your data, or simply transfer to another computer.