Sampling sounds from the audio input

Hold the value knob and short-press 14/A6/Sampler button to access the sampler. If needed, repeat this until you are in sampler ("SMPL") mode and not, for example, in resampler mode ("rSMP").

Select the kit you wish to edit or record samples to by holding play and pressing 1-16 to select kit 1-16.

Connect an audio source to the audio input of your Woovebox.

If desired, press the play button to monitor the input. Press play once more to turn off monitoring.

To record a sample, hold write and press 1-16 where you wish to record the sample to. Hold 1-16 for as long as you wish to record.

If you wish to play your sample chromatically (e.g. non just for percussion or one-shot purposes), samples should ideally be recorded as an A-note. In other words, if you wish to sample another instrument, have it play an A. However, if the material is pitched differently by a number of semitones, you can adjust the root note using a slice's pitch (Pich) parameter so that it sounds like an A.

Any recorded audio is automatically normalized (e.g. dynamic range is optimized).

Please note that any uploads or changes are committed only once you switch away from the sampler or to another sampler mode. Until that time, you can completely undo all changes made through the "Undo" in the context menu, which will restore the state of the sampler as it was before you entered it.


Recording line level vs mic level

A red 3.5mm jack mini microphone with a black pop-shield.
If necessary your Woovebox can record straight from a cheap mini 3.5mm jack microphone.

Ideally, the audio source should output "line level" (a smartphone, table, laptop, keyboard, the audio output of any other synthesizer gear, etc.). However, if you are in a pinch and need to record voice for further processing, your Woovebox can also record faint "mic level" signals as produced by cheap unamplified microphones directly plugged into the input.

To record mic level, in the sampler, hold write and play, then turn the value knob right (for mic level) or left (for line level - default). Please note that trying to record faint mic level signals without switching the input to "Mic LEvL", will result in interference being audible in your recording.

Mic level signal amplification and filtering is performed in the digital domain; a custom-designed digital filtering algorithm removes the interference after recording a slice. As a result, a short pause (dependent on the length of the sample) occurs after recording the sample.

Sampling mic-level input is mostly meant for getting voice recording/input on the device for further processing (for example via the vocoder, or using the voice recordings as material for pitch and time warping). You may find it less suited for recording ambient or non-voice sounds. A fixed 300Hz - 8000Hz bandpass filter is in place to remove non-voice related frequencies and rumble.

Lastly, make sure your chosen mic is able (or TRS fixed-wired) to provide a stereo signal (e.g. has its signal on both the Tip and Ring).


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