Samplers vs. Sample Playback Devices
- Most "digital keyboards" (synthesizers) and "sound cards" are "sample playback
devices." The specific sounds (samples) which they can play are included in
- While they may include some wonderful sounds, you are still restricted
to the sounds built into the devices.
- In some cases (specifically the synthesizers) you can edit certain
aspects of the sound envelopes, but not the samples themselves.
- A "sampler" allows you to add your own "samples" to the device (usually
.wav files), and to assign specific keys or notes on a "MIDI controller"
to trigger those samples.
- Playing "samples" higher or lower on the controller than the original
root note causes the "sample" to be "raised" or lowered.
- "Samples" can be short, or very long (loops) and are only restricted by
the memory and hard disk capacity of the Sampler.