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I would like to create a set of audio samples for playback as a midi-controlled instrument. Thus: a sample for every key of the piano range, with multiple volume timbres for each note. I am able to create recordings at various specifications. My problem is finding a specification as to how a sample set is packaged so that it can be used by a standard DAW. Searching so far has not turned up any leads.

If there is a appropriate in another forum to try, I'd be happy to learn of it.

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  • $\begingroup$ Also try asking over at: music.stackexchange.com They answer a lot of midi sampler questions there. $\endgroup$ – hotpaw2 Apr 29 '16 at 0:41
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. I didn't know this variant of stackexchange even existed. $\endgroup$ – Phil Freihofner Apr 29 '16 at 2:10
  • $\begingroup$ @PhilFreihofner : Let me know, and I can migrate it there. Please don't cross-post! :-) $\endgroup$ – Peter K. Apr 29 '16 at 16:58
  • $\begingroup$ This site seems more appropriate. The questions on the music site are more about music theory and practice, it seems to me, not oriented to programming or technical specs. If I did post there, it has vanished. I can't recall if I posted there or not. Maybe you or someone deleted it? $\endgroup$ – Phil Freihofner Apr 30 '16 at 7:38
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SoundFont 2.0 (SF2) sampled sound banks can be used in any digital audio workstation (DAW) software either natively or via a plug-in virtual instrument. It is an old format from the 16-bit Sound Blaster days but still widely supported, and satisfies your requirements of having key and velocity ranges. More recently there is the SFZ file format that is manually editable as a text file. You tell in the SFZ file which WAV files are to be used and how. There are also SF2 and SFZ editors and SF2→SFZ converters available.

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  • $\begingroup$ Looks like this could be a good answer. I am seeing that different DAW's may have their own formats for this sort of thing. I'm really busy until midweek, will likely accept it at that time once I've confirmed I can work with this. Thanks. Will up vote it, meantime. $\endgroup$ – Phil Freihofner Apr 30 '16 at 7:40

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