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How to use the SAM-1

The SAM-1 is an easy-to-use sample instrument and one of Soundation’s Virtual instruments. Sampled instruments have audio recordings, also known as samples, mapped out on the keyboard for you to play. This makes it possible to get a realistic sound of a live instrument in a software instrument. The SAM-1 comes loaded with sounds from live instruments like piano, organ, guitar, and strings.

  • House piano
  • String ensemble

Adding SAM-1 presets

  1. 1
    Open Soundation and create a project
  2. 2
    Click on Virtual instruments in the Sound library
  3. 3
    Search for “SAM-1”
  4. 4
    Drag in a preset to the Arrangement area
  5. 5
    Start playing or drawing in notes


SAM-1 has an Envelope that controls the shape and movement of the amplitude (loudness). It’s a standard ADSR envelope, which stands for Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release. You can adjust the envelope to make it sound snappier, softer, or keep it natural.


Attack is the amount of time it takes for the amplitude to reach the maximum level from when the note starts. Set it low to hear the natural attack of the selected instrument. Set it high for more of a swelling quality.


Decay is the amount of time it takes to move from the maximum amplitude to the Sustain amplitude. Set it low for a fast plucky sound and high for a slower descent. If the Sustain is all the way up, the Decay will not make a difference.


Sustain is the amplitude level for when a note is being held out. Set it low for a sound that doesn’t sustain, which is good for a pluckier sound. Set it high for a more sustained sound.


Release is the amount of time it takes for the amplitude to drop to silence after the note has ended. Set it low if you want the note to go away quickly. Set it high if you want the note to continue to ring out.

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