SampleRack is the open-ended percussion module for the modern player. In a streamlined single rack-space module, it delivers hundreds of professionally recorded in-demand sounds—and you can easily add more. This article walks through a number of frequently asked questions about the Alesis SampleRack.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Are samples included in the SampleRack?
- Will my SD card work?
- What format should my audio files be?
- Why are some of my WAV audio files are not loading correctly? What can I do?
- How many drum triggers can I connect to it?
- Can I assign more than one sound to a single pad?
- What kind of pedal do I need for the kick and hi-hat inputs?
- Can I connect the SampleRack to my computer?
- How do I perform a Factory Reset?
- Further Technical Support
Built-in are over 200 carefully-crafted drum, cymbal, and percussion sounds—each created by the professional Alesis sound design team. Sounds are arranged into ten preset drum kits for instant access during performance. You can also use an SD card (up to 32GB) to store up to an additional 512 sounds and 89 custom kits.
The SamplePad Pro will function as expected with most major brand SD or SDHC cards with a capacity of up to 32 GB in size. The audio files must be located on the root directory of the card and not in any folders. The max number of files that can be located in the root directory is 512.
The samples files must be 16-bit, mono or stereo .WAV files with a sample rate of 48K, 44.1K, 32K, 22.05K, or 11.025K.
- The .WAV file must be located in the root (main) directory of the card and not in any folders.
- We recommend formatting your SD card to a FAT32 file system (if it is not already) and naming your sample files according to this format. Basically, this means:
- Do not use these characters: " * / \ : < > ? |
- Do not use spaces.
- Limit your file name to 8 characters (excluding the file extension, ".WAV").
- You can assign up to 48 MB worth of samples per kit (the sample library on your SD card can be larger, of course). Also, please note that a sample's size will be rounded up when loaded (e.g., a 2.1 MB sample on the SD card will be treated as a 3 MB sample when it is assigned to a pad).
- The max number of files that can be located in the root directory is 512.
When exporting WAV files from certain Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) such as Avid Pro Tools and Steinberg Cubase, extra information is added to the exported file that sometimes causes the WAV file to not read correctly.
Alesis has provided a firmware update for the SampleRack to ensure that these type of WAV files are able to read correctly and function as expected.
SampleRack features 8 dual-zone trigger inputs and true hi-hat and kick pedal inputs.
Yes. The Alesis SamplePad has a feature called Velocity Layers. The Velocity Layer feature allows for up to 2 samples (referred to as Layers) per 1 pad or trigger input. The 2 Layers are referred to as A and B and they can only be accessed if you are using samples from a SD card (Loc: Card).
A velocity range setting (shown as Vel: 000-127) can be set for each of these layers, so that each sample will only trigger when a pad or external trigger is struck with that velocity amount. If multiple layers are set to the same velocity range on a pad or external trigger input, they will both trigger at the same time when the pad or external trigger is struck.
For the kick input, you can use a momentary, non-latching footswitch (such as a sustain pedal) or a velocity-sensitive pad or kick trigger. Simply connect the kick trigger or footswitch using a ¼” TS cable, and adjust the input to SWITCH if you are using a footswitch, or TRIGGER if you are using a velocity-sensitive pedal or velocity sensitive kick trigger.
For the hi-hat input, you can use a momentary, non-latching footswitch (such as a sustain pedal) or a variable or continuous hi-hat pedal. Simply connect the pedal or footswitch using a ¼” TS cable, and adjust the input to SWITCH if you are using a footswitch, or VARIABLE if you are using a variable or continuous hi-hat pedal.
Yes. The SamplePad Pro comes with a USB port that allows for it to send and receive MIDI data so that you can trigger your favorite drum software program, or it can load samples directly to the SD card.
To reset the internal kits and global settings to the factory default settings, hold the Cursor Left and Cursor Right buttons while powering on the SampleRack. This will not affect samples or kits stored on your SD card.
Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own a Alesis product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Alesis technical support team is available to help!
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