Folks, I'm exploring the process of developing my own sample libraries. I find that I'm never quite happy with my sound palette, for the simple reason that there are always new possibilities. I'd like to explore some of the ideas I have.
I currently own Sonar 4, SoundForge 8, GigaStudio 3 (with the full Editor), several nice mics (Shure SM-81s, Studio Projects B3, & Audio Technica AT-803 omnis [portable]), a hard disk recording unit (Yamaha AW16G), some inexpensive preamps, and all the associated cables, vocal pop-screens, etc. With this equipment I can capture excellent audio in a variety of locations and environments. I have used this gear fairly extensively for acoustic recording purposes with mostly classical instruments; and I feel that I have a good sense of how to achieve a desired sound from an acoustic sound source.
I'm curious primarily about the overall process that developers use to go from raw recorded audio sessions to multi-layer, fully programmed libraries:
These are things that I can probably figure out on my own; but I suspect that some of the knowledgeable folks here could really cut down on how much time that will take. If you are willing to part with some of your 'trade secrets' I would be VERY grateful. Suggestions, tips, books, "I made this mistake" stories, etc. -- just about anything you consider relevant -- I would love to learn.
- How do you organize your recording sessions?
- How do you get consistent volume levels to create the necessary velocity layers?
- What procedures do you follow to ensure consistent & usable intonation for pitched samples?
- Are there any helpful tips or guidlines for cutting up raw WAV files for a) samples that will not be looped VS. b) samples that will be looped?
- How do you organize the cut up WAV samples on your HDD before you start assembling them into a Giga/Kontakt/Halion/etc. format file?
- Are there any software/hardware tools beyond what I have listed above which automate or improve the efficiency of your sampling process (i.e. any "I can't live withouts")?