File Organizastion

There are so many types of sounds, and things to record, so I've developed a way to automatically name and describe everything I sample. This way, it is pretty clear what the sample is going to sound like. All my sample packs come in this format so you only have to learn about it once.

 

There are a few levels to each filename I'll explain in order.

 

Take this example as if it were one of the included samples in a pack -

 

Wooden-Chair-001A-EPerc-Misc-Loop-100bpm.wav

Objects

"Wooden-Chair"-001A-EPerc-Misc-Loop-100bpm.wav

1st up, we have the Object name, Wooden-Chair.

 

This is what I've sampled, in this case, A Wooden Chair.

An object can be absolutely anything on any scale. It might be called Cityscape, and be the sound of the city from where I was standing.  Or it could be crispy leaf, a crispy sounding leaf.  Or perhaps it's Jupiter-WithFX, a friend's Roland Jupiter synth running through a bunch of analog FX.

 

Each sample pack comes with an Object-menu.pdf

 

The pdf comes with photos and a little story about what the objects are, how I came across them, and how they were recorded.

Index

Wooden-Chair-"001A"-EPerc-Misc-Loop-100bpm.wav

2nd place is the index. In this case 001A

 

This is the number of sample of the that particular object - eg 001, 002, 003

 

You will notice the A.

 

The A means it is the original raw file. Many of my original files are already running through FX which I decide on in the moment. But I can also choose to resample something I have just sampled.

 

If the index said 001B,

 

You would now know this was an altered version of the original sound 001A.

 

It could be a chopped up version of the original loop, it could have a reverb and compressor added to a one shot. It could even be morphed with another sound or completely mangled in some way, so occasionally, the character of the original sample will change a whole bunch beyond recognition. Good to know it's source even so.

Sound Category

Wooden-Chair-001A-"EPerc"-Misc-Loop-100bpm.wav

Here we have EPerc.

 

EPerc stands for Electronic Percussion. This means it is a non-pitched sound that came from an Electronic source (something with a line out like a drum machine).

 

The 3 other options are

 

APerc - Acoustic Percussion

 

This is similar to electronic percussion, except that the sound came from something acoustic, like a Drum, or a Rock, or tapping the side of a piano. It would have been recorded with a mic or contact mic, etc.

 

EPitch - Electronic Pitched

 

This is and electronically sourced sound which is of a pitch. This means you can put it in a sampler and play melodies in tune with other music.

 

APitch - Acoustic Pitched

 

Pitched and acoustically sourced.

Sound Category

Wooden-Chair-001A-"EPerc"-Misc-Loop-100bpm.wav

Here we have EPerc.

 

EPerc stands for Electronic Percussion. This means it is a non-pitched sound that came from an Electronic source (something with a line out like a drum machine).

 

The 3 other options are

 

APerc - Acoustic Percussion

 

This is similar to electronic percussion, except that the sound came from something acoustic, like a Drum, or a Rock, or tapping the side of a piano. It would have been recorded with a mic or contact mic, etc.

 

EPitch - Electronic Pitched

 

This is and electronically sourced sound which is of a pitch. This means you can put it in a sampler and play melodies in tune with other music.

 

APitch - Acoustic Pitched

 

Pitched and acoustically sourced.

Frequency Catergory

Wooden-Chair-001A-EPerc-"Misc"-Loop-100bpm.wav

In the example we have -

 

Misc

 

This is just telling us the frequncy range of the sound. Misc being all over the place.

 

The 3 other options are

 

Treb - Treble Frequencies

Mid - Mid Frequencies

Bass - Bass Frequencies

Sample Type

Wooden-Chair-001A-EPerc-Misc-"Loop"-100bpm.wav

Here it will either say Loop for a loop, or Oshot for a one shot.

BPM

Wooden-Chair-001A-EPerc-Misc-Loop-"100bpm".wav

If a loop, the BPM will be included in the filename.

 

Each sample pack comes with a range of 3 loop tempos, so most of the loops of a particular tempo will play together nicely.

Key

Finally, if its a pitched loop, it will say the key that it was in (Cmin, Emaj, etc).

If it is a one shot, it will say which note it is (C3, F3, etc).

Thats it!