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What you will learn with the Sampling Handbook

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Pre-Planning Phase

Learn how to choose which instrument to record, how to best pre-plan your recording session, choose which microphones and pre-amps to use and how to get your recording environment set up correctly.

02

Recording Session

Learn about how best to set your recording levels, how to organise your session, tips for working with the session player, how to manage the instrument, how to keep tuning consistent and more.

03

Editing Session

Learn how best to use noise reduction on samples, pre-processing, pitch correction, session organisation, workflow, the waveform, chopping samples, transients, fades and fade types, naming structure, exporting your samples and more.

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Kontakt Scripting

Learn the basics of Kontakt scripting, extending the key ranges, working with groups & round robins, using automap, adding effects, adding factory scripts, adding custom wallpapers, adding a custom impulse response, exporting your instrument and more!

What you will learn with the additional materials

Sales & Marketing

A 62 page guide written specifically about advertising and selling sample libraries.

Learn about product pricing, copywriting, press releases, email marketing, systems for increasing revenue, tools for growth, Facebook advertising, analytics, useful marketing tools and more!

Webhosting & eCommerce

An 18 page guide discussing webhosting and eCommerce solutions.

Learn about setting up your domain name and hosting, which platform to use (WooCommerce, Shopify etc.), how to design your website, eCommerce solutions to use, VATMOSS and additional useful web tools.

Beginners Guide to Kontakt Script

A 55 page guide which is an evenly paced beginners guide to Kontakt Scripting and graphics.

It requires no programming experience and starts with the basics, gradually building up to more complex ideas. Learn about the scripting language, the KS editor, graphics and more.

Kontakt Scripter Interview

An in-depth audio interview with Mario Krušelj aka. “Evil Dragon”.

Over 1 hour in length (available in multiple formats), the interview offers a insight into the world of a professional full-time Kontakt scripter as he discusses what advice he would give people starting and many other useful tips.

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There are 3 versions of The Sampling Handbook available, each offering something for everyone.

Premium Bundle

The Ultimate Collection of Sampling Resources

The Premium Bundle consists of all of the resources available to help you in the world of sampling. It includes 4 eBooks, an audiobook version of The Sampling Handbook, a huge video series to accompany the Sampling Handbook, audio interview and .WAV files for you to practice with.

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What's inside the Premium Bundle

The Sampling Handbook

The ultimate guide to creating your own sample library.

Written by Marcus Huyskens, the Sampling Handbook is jam packed with all of the information required for you to create your own sample library. The eBook is broken down into 3 main sections:

  • Chapter 1: The Tracking Session (17 pages) – choosing your instrument,  pre-planing your recording session, choosing microphones and pre-amps, setting the correct recording levels, setting up your environment and more.
  • Chapter 2: Editing (46 pages) – noise reduction in samples, pre-processing, pitch correction, workflow, chopping samples, transients (responsive or even performance), fades, naming structure and more.
  • Chapter 3: Programming for Kontakt (67 pages) – getting started (the basics of Kontakt), extending key ranges, working with groups and round robins, using automap, adding effects, adding factory scripts, adding a custom wallpaper, adding custom impulse responses, exporting your instrument and more.
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Kontakt Script: A Beginner’s Guide

Kontakt scripting for beginner and intermediate levels

Written by Sam Windell, this eBook is the perfect guide to scripting for Kontakt and the KSP language. Its 55 pages in total and written for someone with no experience or some experience with Kontakt scripting. The eBook is laid out in 3 main sections:

  • Chapter 1: The Scripting Language (23 pages) – what is a script, learning the language, loading a script, how scripts are read, callbacks, user defined variables, user defined array variables, UI variables, variable persistence, built in variables, events, maths, conditional code, functions, PGS, good practices and more
  • Chapter 2: The KS Editor (13 pages) – the KS editor, installing the KS editor, sublime text 3, saving KSP to a text file, local variables, improved appearance, inlined functions, macros, properties, importing scripts and more
  • Chapter 3: Graphics (8 pages) – accompany text file, scripting an image to a UI control, different graphics types, controls that cannot be changed, how to make graphics for Kontakt, layering and more.
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The Sampling Handbook: Audiobook

The narrated version of the Sampling Handbook

Too busy to read the entire Sampling Handbook? Pop the audiobook onto your iPod and listen to it on the go or in your car! Its available in 128kbps MP3 format and narrated in an easy to digest manner.

Have a listen to the sample in the Soundcloud Player!

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The Sampling Handbook: Video Series

A huge video series which is the perfect accompaniment to the rest of the materials. There are 15 videos in total, each covering a different topic in detail:

  • Video 1: Introduction (19 mins)
  • Video 2: Pre-processing (52 mins)
  • Video 3: Pitch correction (29 mins)
  • Video 4: Pro Tools Editing Tips (21 mins)
  • Video 5: Editing Workflows – Part 1 (12 mins)
  • Video 6: Editing Workflows – Part 2 (38 mins)
  • Video 7: Exporting Your Samples (5 mins)
  • Video 8: Batch Renaming Samples (12 mins)
  • Video 9: Kontakt Mapping Editor – Working With Zones (18 mins)
  • Video 10: Creating Your Kontakt Instrument – Working With Groups (14 mins)
  • Video 11: Creating Your Instrument – Using Automap (22 mins)
  • Video 12: The Resource Container (17 mins)
  • Video 13: Exporting Your Instrument (4 mins)
  • Video 14: Knob Man Overview (10 mins)
  • Video 15: Optimizing Your Workflow (7 mins)
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Unedited Samples For Practice

There are 4 .WAV files included. Each of these .WAV files has multiple takes of the notes C3, D3, E3 and F3, played on a thumb piano in a studio with 3 dynamic layers for each take.

These samples are perfect to use in conjunction with the eBooks and video series to practice editing samples, pitch correction, batch renaming, mapping in Kontakt and creating and exporting your own Kontakt sample library.

(NB. These samples are for practice use and may not be used in a commercial release)

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Mario Krušelj aka “Evil Dragon” Interview

1 hr audio interview with Mario Krušelj aka “Evil Dragon”

In this audio interview, Mario discusses a number of topics over the course of an hour including:

  • His background and early stages of his career
  • How he began Kontakt scripting
  • Different companies and projects he has worked on (eg. Sonokinetic, Output, Impact Soundworks etc.)
  • What were the most interesting projects he has worked on and why
  • What advice he would give to someone starting off in the industry
  • What some of the most common types of scripting jobs he is hired for
  • Where will the sample library industry be in 5-10 years time (will there be new samplers eg. UVI Falcon)
  • Top tips for scripting in Kontakt
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Sales & Marketing Manual

Information & advice from a store owner who turns over €250k per year

VSTBuzz is a music software store offering deals on some of the best music software in the industry. In 2015, the store turned over more than €255,000 so Emmett has a lot of experience in selling software.  The eBook is divided into 4 main chapters:

  • Chapter 1: Sales (14 pages) – Finding the right price for your product, pricing strategies, product differentiation, copywriting & more
  • Chapter 2: Boosting Revenue (4 pages) – Systems for increasing revenue, cross – selling and upselling at checkout, customer rewards, recover abandoned cart & more.
  • Chapter 3: Marketing: The Launch (10 pages) – Press releases, reviews, email marketing & more
  • Chapter 4: Marketing: Post-Launch (26 pages) – Tools for growth (subscribe forms, competitions, automated email marketing etc.), advertising (Facebook, conversion pixels, custom audiences, advert types etc.), analytics, useful marketing tools & more.
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Web Hosting & eCommerce Guide

The perfect resource for getting your website setup from scratch

This guide offers you a great overview of how to get started with setting up your own store from choosing your domain name, the whole way to setting up your payment solutions. The eBook is split into 3 main sections:

  • Chapter 1 – Website (8 pages) – setup & hosting, domain name, hosting companies, platforms/CMS, development, plugins, design & more.
  • Chapter 2 – e-Commerce (3 pages) – payment solutions, paypal, VATMOSS & more
  • Chapter 3 – Usesful tools (1 page)
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Get the Premium Bundle Now

8 products in total including 4 eBooks, an audiobook version of The Sampling Handbook, a huge video series to accompany the Sampling Handbook, audio interview and .WAV files for you to practice with.

€199 Buy Now

Developer Bundle

The Definitive Bundle of Sampling + Scripting eBooks

The Developer Bundle consists of the two main eBooks – The Sampling Handbook and the Kontakt Script: A Beginners Guide eBook, as well as the audiobook version of the Sampling Handbook.

€129 Buy Now
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What's inside the Developer Bundle

The Sampling Handbook

The ultimate guide to creating your own sample library.

Written by Marcus Huyskens, the Sampling Handbook is jam packed with all of the information required for you to create your own sample library. The eBook is broken down into 3 main sections:

  • Chapter 1: The Tracking Session (17 pages) – choosing your instrument,  pre-planing your recording session, choosing microphones and pre-amps, setting the correct recording levels, setting up your environment and more.
  • Chapter 2: Editing (46 pages) – noise reduction in samples, pre-processing, pitch correction, workflow, chopping samples, transients (responsive or even performance), fades, naming structure and more.
  • Chapter 3: Programming for Kontakt (67 pages) – getting started (the basics of Kontakt), extending key ranges, working with groups and round robins, using automap, adding effects, adding factory scripts, adding a custom wallpaper, adding custom impulse responses, exporting your instrument and more.
Hide

Kontakt Script: A Beginner’s Guide

Kontakt scripting for beginner and intermediate levels

Written by Sam Windell, this eBook is the perfect guide to scripting for Kontakt and the KSP language. Its 55 pages in total and written for someone with no experience or some experience with Kontakt scripting. The eBook is laid out in 3 main sections:

  • Chapter 1: The Scripting Language (23 pages) – what is a script, learning the language, loading a script, how scripts are read, callbacks, user defined variables, user defined array variables, UI variables, variable persistence, built in variables, events, maths, conditional code, functions, PGS, good practices and more
  • Chapter 2: The KS Editor (13 pages) – the KS editor, installing the KS editor, sublime text 3, saving KSP to a text file, local variables, improved appearance, inlined functions, macros, properties, importing scripts and more
  • Chapter 3: Graphics (8 pages) – accompany text file, scripting an image to a UI control, different graphics types, controls that cannot be changed, how to make graphics for Kontakt, layering and more.
Hide

Mario Krušelj aka “Evil Dragon” Interview

1 hr audio interview with Mario Krušelj aka “Evil Dragon”

In this audio interview, Mario discusses a number of topics over the course of an hour including:

  • His background and early stages of his career
  • How he began Kontakt scripting
  • Different companies and projects he has worked on (eg. Sonokinetic, Output, Impact Soundworks etc.)
  • What were the most interesting projects he has worked on and why
  • What advice he would give to someone starting off in the industry
  • What some of the most common types of scripting jobs he is hired for
  • Where will the sample library industry be in 5-10 years time (will there be new samplers eg. UVI Falcon)
  • Top tips for scripting in Kontakt
Hide

The Sampling Handbook: Audiobook

Too busy to read the entire Sampling Handbook? Pop the audiobook onto your iPod and listen to it on the go or in your car! Its available in 128kbps MP3 format and narrated in an easy to digest manner.
Have a listen to the sample in the Soundcloud Player!

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Get the Developer Bundle

4 products in total including The Sampling Handbook, Kontakt Scipt: A Beginner's Guide, the audiobook version of the Sampling handbook and audio interview.

€129 Buy Now

Solo Edition

The standalone version of The Sampling Handbook

This is the standalone version of The Sampling Handbook with no additional extras included. Perfect if you’d like to get your feet wet, or you’re unsure if the higher packages are right for you.

€39 Buy Now
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The standalone version of The Sampling Handbook - 150 page eBook guiding you through the entire process of creating a sample library from scratch including the recording, editing and scripting phases.

€39 Buy Now

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What Customers are Saying

The Sampling Handbook provided me with all the information I needed to properly record acoustic instruments and turn them into Kontakt instruments.

 

It something I wasn’t planning to do, but now that I know how to do it, I have all kinds of new ideas for Kontakt instruments I would have never thought about before reading the book!

Pierre Parenteau

Sample Library Developer

www.SampleScience.ca

Great thorough and thoughtful guide from the point of view of an experienced developer.

 

Not only it gets anyone introduced into the passionate world of creating sample libraries but also describes in detail every tip and trick a pro could be looking for!

 

Highly recommended!

Vanessa Garde

Assistant Professor

www.Berklee.edu/valencia

I highly recommend the Sales & Marketing manual to anyone looking to start a business selling Kontakt libraries. It’s full of information I wish I had had two years ago when I started Ivy Audio.

 

If you’ve built some great Kontakt instruments, but aren’t totally sure how to go about selling them, its a must-have.

Simon Dalzell

Sample Library Developer

www.IvyAudio.com

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