1 Create new track
In Logic, create a new Software Instrument track by clicking the ‘+’ symbol at the top of the track list. Click the Software Instrument tab followed by the Create button.
2 Load EXS24
Load up an instance of EXS24 by clicking on the track’s instrument slot in the channel inspector and selecting EXS24 (Sampler)>Stereo from the pop-up menu.
3 Open editor
Click the small ‘edit’ button in the top-right corner of the EXS24’s main window to open the instrument editor. This grants you access to all the inner workings of the instrument.
4 Create new zone
In the instrument editor, select Zone>New Zone. This new zone will act like a container for your sample, determining the area of the keyboard that it will occupy.
5 Load sample
Click the small triangle in the new zone’s Audio File column and select Load Audio Sample. Browse to the location of the disc’s ‘EXS Tutorial. aif’ file and click the Open button.
6 Check playback
Logic will automatically spread the file across the entire length of your MIDI keyboard. If you now play some notes, you should hear a grungy synth guitar power chord.
7 Go loopy
The sample plays back okay, but cuts off abruptly. So that you can play longer, sustained notes, select View>Zone:Loop and check the Loop: On checkbox.
8 Set loop start/end
Use these settings to adjust the start and end points of the loop so that the sample sustains smoothly. We’ve gone for a start value of 2377 and an end value of 170000.
9 Save Instrument
Finally, save your new instrument using the Instrument>Save As command. Choose a suitable name and save location and click Save to add it to your EXS24 library.
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