Setting EXS24 mkII Zone Parameters

The zone parameters provide extensive control over each zone, or sample, in your sampler instrument.

Figure. Instrument Editor showing zone parameter columns.
  • Zone Name field: Displays the zone name. New zones are automatically assigned a consecutive number. Click a zone number to enter a name.
  • Pitch fields: Key determines the root note of the sample—in other words, the note at which the sample will sound at its original pitch.
    • Use the Coarse and Fine fields to tune the sample in semitone/cent increments.

  • Volume field: Adjusts the overall output level of the zone.
  • Pan field: Adjusts the pan position of the zone. This parameter works only when the EXS24 mkII is used in stereo.
  • Scale field: Balances the level of a sample across the selected key range. A negative value makes notes lower than the root key position louder than higher notes; positive values have the opposite effect.
  • Key Range fields: The two key range parameters allow you to define a key range for the zone.
    • Lo(w): Sets the lowest note for the zone.
    • Hi(gh): Sets the highest note for the zone.

    Playing notes outside this range will not trigger the sample assigned to this zone.

  • Pitch checkbox: Activate to change the sample pitch when triggered by different keys. When disabled, the sample is always played at its original pitch, regardless of the note played.
  • 1Shot checkbox: Causes the zone to ignore the length of incoming MIDI note events—resulting in the sample always being played from beginning to end whenever a note-on event is received. This is useful for drum samples, where you often don’t want the MIDI note length to affect sample playback. Also see the Fade field parameter below.
  • Reverse checkbox: Enable to play the sample from the end to the beginning.
  • Velocity Range checkbox and fields: Activate the checkbox to define a velocity range for the zone.
    • L(ow): Sets the lowest velocity that will trigger the zone.
    • Hi(gh): Sets the highest velocity that will trigger the zone.

    Playing notes outside this velocity range will not trigger the sample assigned to this zone.

  • Sample Start and End fields: Set the sample start and end points, respectively. Control-click either field to open a shortcut menu that allows you to open the sample in the Sample Editor (or an external editor), where you can set the start and end points graphically. See Editing Samples in the EXS24 mkII Sample Editor.
  • Fade field: Determines the fade out time for a one-shot sample. The value is shown in samples. The difference between the value specified in this field and the value shown in the End field determines the fade out duration. The lower the value, the longer it takes for the sample to reach a 0 level (at the sample end point).

    This option is dimmed when the Loop On checkbox is active. See Using the EXS24 mkII Zone Loop Parameters for details about zone loop functions.

    Note: This parameter defaults to a value of 0, except in cases when the Sampler Instrument is created with the Audio > “Convert Regions to New Sampler Track” command. This function uses transient markers, and results in a default Fade field value that matches the slicing offset of the following transient marker.