E-MU Emulator X2

Objective: Convert a MIDI synth patch into an Emulator X2 preset.Background: The Emulator X2’s “SynthSwipe” feature sends a series of MIDI notes to a MIDI instrument, records the audio produced by each note, then arranges these into an instantly playable preset. Cool, eh? Note that the X2 has to be in standalone (not plug-in) mode to do SynthSwipe.


1. Patch your interface’s MIDI out to the synth’s MIDI in, and the interface’s audio ins to the synth’s audio outs. Then in the X2, go Options > Preferences to match the X2’s MIDI and audio settings to those of your interface.

2. Go File > Acquire Samples.

3. In the Acquire Samples window, click on “SynthSwipe.”

4. Set the SynthSwipe options. Under Notes, choose the note range, and interval between note samples. Under Velocities, choose the low and high velocities, and the desired number of values in between those extremes. Under Durations, set the recording time for the key down and key up portions of the note, and the pause between notes.

5. Name the preset/samples, then click on the Record button. When recording is done, click on OK.

6. After the samples have been swiped, you’ll be prompted to create a bank to hold them. Follow the instructions.

7. Save the samples with the desired sample options. To fully understand the options, read the manual; the ones shown are a good starting point. When the samples have been saved, click on Done — then start playing the X2 preset that was just created.


-In Step 4, confirm that the SynthSwipe function is using the correct audio and MIDI ports.

-In Step 7, the fraction shown under “Auto-loop” indicates what fraction of the end of the sample will be looped. For example, with 1/8, the last eighth of the sample is looped. You can also add Crossfade to the auto-loop options, which can be very effective with long pads. For example, if 1/3 of a pad is the attack and 2/3 is the sustain, setting Auto-loop to 1/2 + crossfade will crossfade-loop the last half, and likely produce a perfect loop.