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Original key/ pitch for AKAI samples?
Old 19th December 2010
Gear Maniac

Original key/ pitch for AKAI samples?

Some of you knowledgeable about AKAI format ... I have the Phat & Phunkier AKAI CD and a couple of others that I've managed to import into Emulator X.

These are like construction kits with drums loop, bass and guitar riffs, etc. ... not multi-sampled instruments.

They import on a single key when translated. I have import options to throw the loops over an octave ... but I would like to know the original key of the loops so I can play it in key with my project without having to audition loop by loop to find the right one after I spread the loop across an octave.

In other words, I'd like to place the original sample loop on it's actual pitch and then spread it up and down 6 semitones from there. That way I simply play the note that is compatible with my project, e.g., root, IV and V.

Was there a convention on the key of these loops ... like maybe C3? Or is there a database somewhere? Or is it all a giant crap shoot?


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