This simple routing tip makes sampling software instruments quick and easy!


Working with modern DAWs is a pleasure! It is so easy to get things done in a multitude of ways these days. So comparing and sharing workflows is something I try to do regularly with fellow producers and musicians. It helps us all grow in new ways and also helps us all to understand everything on a deeper level when we can see it from more than one perspective. This tip on sampling software instruments is a perfect example of just how easy workflows can be, even when some routing needs to be done.

If you have a software track already loaded in your project, you’re basically halfway done. Just set the output of the track to a bus. Then set that bus as the input to the new audio track you create to capture your recordings on. You will need to turn on track monitoring and enable it for recording. Now when you trigger a note in your synth it should register on the audio track, too. Be sure to remove the unneeded auxiliary track, if one was created when you set up the bus. These are all the steps necessary to begin sampling software instruments.

This set up is pretty ideal for sampling software instruments, regardless of what kind of sounds you’re working with. Where it really shines is when you are actively creating many variations of a certain sound. This technique allows you to capture all variations at once, without ever having to leave the synth interface. Record for several minutes if you like. Simply select your newly recorded audio region, use a strip silence tool to avoid unneeded chopping and slicing and voila! You have individual samples of your software instrument all ready to be processed however you like.