Basic Program and Project Settings
Clear "in-the-box" structuring within the program enables you to be more creative "outside-the-box".
You can only concentrate 100% on creating music once program controls are familiar to you. In this tutorial we'll bring you step by step all the way through from naming a project to the detailed settings for the most important parameters.
After you have successfully installed Samplitude you should adjust the following program and project settings to make working with the program more effective:
I. Create a project folder
Before opening <Programmname> we recommend that you create a Samplitude project folder on a hard drive of your choice.
Step 1: Holding down the Windows key and pressing "E" opens a new Explorer Window.
This opens a graphical user interface for accessing the file systems of all the hard drives and CD/DVD drives on your computer. In this case our desired drive is the "Audio drive (E)".
Step 2: Double-click to open the audio drive and right-click in an empty space.
Step 3: Click on "New" then on "Folder". This creates a new folder.
Step 4: Type a name into the text field. We're going to call the folder "Samplitude Projects".
So now we have a dedicated folder in which we can save our Samplitude projects.
II. Settings for a new project
Step 1: Double-click on the Samplitude desktop shortcut.
The Samplitude interface will open together with the start selection screen.
Step 2: For this example we are going to choose "New multitrack project (VIP)".
Now the "Setup for new Project (VIP)" dialog appears:
Step 3: Enter a name for the project in this window. We're going to call the project "Getting Started".
It's a good idea to give the project a distinctive name - even if you don't know what you're going to call the song yet.
Step 4: Click on the folder icon and navigate to the Samplitude project folder we created.
Note: Try to get into the habit of creating a new folder for every project or song. All the audio for that song will be saved to that folder. It is probably best to use a dedicated drive for these files.
Step 5: Tick the checkbox next to "Create New Project Subdirectory"
This creates a subdirectory in the file path we specified. The first time you save, the project file (VIP) will be saved in this subdirectory with the predefined name.
Step 6: At first we're going to select 16 under "Track Number".
Step 7: We will leave the sample rate at 44.1 Hz and set the initial project length to five minutes. The specified project length will be adjusted automatically when loading or recording.
Step 8: For further settings click on the "Project Options" button.
III. Project options
Step 1: Activate the Snap/Grid view by ticking the checkbox next to "Snap/Grid"
Step 2: When working with songs we recommend that you select the "Beats/Bars" option in the "Snap to" list and "Bars/Beats" from the "Show grid" section.
Step 3: In the "Snap to" section you will find a drop down menu where you can set the snap resolution. First we'll set it to 1/4.
Step 4: The default time signature in the Bar/BPM section is 4/4 and the default BPM is set to 120. These settings can be changed whenever want in the transport console (keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + T).
We're going to leave the other settings as they are.
Step 5: Click on "OK" to close the project options.
Step 6: To finish, click once more on "OK" in the "Setup for new project" dialog.
Now we've made a new 16 track project which from now on will be opened with the specified settings.
IV. Audio settings
Step 1: Press "Y" on your keyboard to open the audio setup options.
Step 2: Set the driver system to "ASIO". ASIO drivers enable you to work at low latency and monitor VST plug-ins and virtual instruments in realtime.
Step 3: If you are using the sound card built into your computer, it's worth testing the "MAGIX Low Latency" driver. If, on the other hand, you are using a professional sound card/audio interface built into your system, you should activate the appropriate driver. In this example we will use a sound card by "M-Audio" and select the ASIO driver "M-Audio Delta ASIO".
Step 4: The ASIO buffer is set to 512 by default. Experiment by setting the value lower. To do this, click on the "Settings" button. This will open the control panel of your audio device. Here you can reduce the ASIO buffer and thus the response time regardless of how powerful your computer is. This is particularly important when vocals or instruments are being played in live to ensure that there is no audible delay. However, keep in mind that reducing the ASIO buffer settings will use more processing power. The corresponding output and input latencies are indicated at all times.
Step 5: The VIP object buffer indicates the buffer size for the internal processing of object effects and economy tracks in hybrid mode. In every other monitoring mode, it also determines the buffer size for editing track effects. With a smaller VIP object buffer size, the amount of playback delay also decreases (latency). Nevertheless, the processor can be overloaded, and this will result in dropouts during playback. Large buffer sizes actually increase stability, but they also increase the latency of the system. The field below displays the resulting latency in relation to the buffer settings.
The VIP object buffer size must be at least as large as the ASIO buffer size, and double the size when the Hybrid Engine is used. Aim for values in the range from 1024 to 8096 samples.
Step 6: For Device Resolution/Driver Communication we are going to use the 32-bit option.
Step 7: Go to "Monitoring Setup" and move the slider to the far right. The Hybrid Audio Engine enables audio monitoring throughout the entire mixer and also calculates playback tracks in the mixer with short latency. This usually provides the best results.
Step 8: Set the Monitoring Behavior to "Tape Monitoring".
Step 9: Tick the Mix Input and Playback checkbox. If track monitoring is activated, you will be able to hear the input signal during playback.
V. Audio devices
This is where you configure the inputs and outputs of your audio device.
Step 1: Activate the available inputs of your sound card in the "Recording" section. We will leave inputs 1 to 6 activated. This gives us 3 stereo or 6 mono inputs.
Step 2: Go to "Playback" and activate outputs 1 + 2 to output the stereo master. We can also activate outputs 3 + 4 in order to output a separate headphone mix.
Step 3: It's also possible to rename the outputs and inputs – simply click on "Rename" and assign new names.
Step 4: These inputs and outputs are now also accessible in the track editor.
VI. MIDI Settings
Now we're going to take a look at the MIDI settings.
Step 1: We're going to set the "Global Record Device" and the MIDI input device to Delta AP Midi. This will be the one you will connect your Midi keyboard to.
Step 2: Now we are also going to set the "Global Play Device" and MIDI output device to Delta AP Midi.
Step 3: It is best to disable the "Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth" to avoid unwanted signal transmission when recording MIDI.
Step 4: In "Audio/MIDI Sync" we are going to set the Force Sync to 100% to achieve the closest possible match of MIDI and audio tracks.
Step 5: It's also a good idea to activate "Note On Chasing". This setting causes held MIDI notes to be played (and thus be heard) when they have received their "Note On" command prior to playback.
VII. VST plug-in path und ReWire
If you are using VST plug-ins, it's important to set the VST plug-in path.
Step 1: Open the Effects tab and select "VST/DirectY/ReWire".
Step 2: Click on the folder icon to select your VST folder and select "Browse VST folder".
Step 3: Navigate to your VST plug-in folder then click "OK".
Step 4: Once you have a VST plug-in path click "OK". <Programmname> will now search through the corresponding folder for VST plug-ins - you can see the scanning process if you look at the very bottom of the window. The scanning process may take a few minutes the first time round, depending on the number of VST plug-ins you have.
Step 5: If you have more than one plug-in folder, all you need to do is repeat the process.
Step 6: Now select the "ReWire" functionality.
VIII. Save project as template
Now that everything is configured correctly, it's a good idea to save the VIP as a template .
Step 1: To do this go to "File > Save Project as Template"
Step 2: The file browser should open up in the correct folder for templates - all you need to do is name the template.
Step 3: Click "OK" to save the template with that name.
Step 4: If you create a new VIP (Shortcut: "E"), the setup dialog will appear.
Step 5: Now we're going to click on the dropdown menu and the project template we saved ("Getting Started") should be there.
Step 6: Now we need to enter the file path and name of the project, and the "Getting Started" template will be added to the new project.
You can also modify "Getting Started" at any time and resave it. You can apply templates with different setups according to the project type.
Have fun setting up your projects in Samplitude!
Your Samplitude Team