Tascam GigaStudio 4: Create Your Own GigaStudio Instruments

OBJECTIVE: Use GigaStudio’s instrument editor to make a GigaStudio-compatible instrument. BACKGROUND: Although GigaStudio 4 is well-supported by sample libraries, you can also create your own instruments from your own samples using GigaStudio Editor, an additional program included with GigaStudio 4. This example shows how to make an extremely basic instrument based on four Chapman Stick samples. Begin by calling up the GigaStudio Editor by going Start > Programs > TASCAM > GigaStudio 4 > GigaStudio Editor.
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STEPS

  1. In the Instrument Editor, go File > New to call up a new instrument window.
  2. Drag the samples you want to use into the Samples window, then click on the Instrument Wizard.
  3. The first Instrument Wizard screen appears. Name the instrument, set the First Keyswitch Key to C-1 and the Last Keyswitch Key to G9 in order to cover the full keyboard range, then click on Next.
  4. As we are making a very simple instrument, click on Next for the Step 2 and Step 3 screens (this accepts the defaults).
  5. In the Step 4 screen, click on Single Split (this assigns it to the Default Sample Group, which contains the samples we dragged over), then click on Finish.
  6. Click on the Load File button, and a screen appears prompting you to save the instrument. Click on Save As, then in the window that appears, name the instrument, navigate to where you want to save it, then click on Save.
  7. Now you can play your new instrument. To edit a sample’s parameters, click on it (underneath the virtual keyboard at the top; the sample turns orange), then vary the desired parameter value(s).

TIPS

  • This is a very basic example that shows how easy it is to create a simple instrument, but you can create instruments with velocity switching, processing, response to MIDI controllers, and much more—read the manual for details.
  • For proper mapping, include the sample’s root note in the sample name (or the sample’s attributes, which can be specified in various digital audio editing programs).
  • In Step 7, to edit multiple samples simultaneously, ctrl-click on the samples to be edited.