Adding Key-Switches to Custom Instruments in Presence XT

Before I get into the topic of today’s video, I just want to take a moment to point out one thing. In order to create custom Presence XT Instruments in PreSonus Studio One - You will first need to purchase (and install) the Presence XT Editor Add-On from the PreSonus shop, so that you can access the EDIT tab in Presence XT. That being said, if you enjoy creating custom sample libraries for your own personal use, or have any desire to create libraries to be sold - than this purchase is 100% worth the cost of entry.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about articulations in Sample Libraries. If you’ve ever accidentally triggered some keys on the lower range of an instrument, and found yourself swimming through a bunch of odd sounding Samples, or Sound FX - then there’s a good chance that you know exactly what I’m talking about.

When playing a Virtual Instrument, it’s often preferable to be able to trigger different playing styles with the same range of keys, without having to load a new instrument preset. This allows you to be able to have one preset, that can cover a lot of different ground. A great example of this would be an Orchestral String Library. Within a single patch or preset - we have the ability to load multiple different playing styles or articulations such as: Sustain, Pizzicato, Tremelo, Trill (Half Steps & Whole Steps) Staccato, etc, etc.

In the above example we can see the different articulations in the centre of the Presence XT GUI dropdown section, as well as being indicated with a red horizontal bar over top of the notes in the keyboard.

So needless to say, having keyswitches on your custom instruments can really help add value to the playability factor. In some sampler instruments, this task can be rather convoluted, and may involve complex scripting. But one of the things I love about Presence XT, is how easy this can be accomplished.

In this video I demonstrate how to add Key-Switches to your Custom Sample Library instruments created in Presence XT.

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Cheers, Marcus