Ableton Tutorial: Using Tom Cosm’s External Resampler Internally

This is how to go about setting up Tom Cosm’s External Resampler device to work internally in Ableton Live on a PC.

If you don’t know what the External Resampler is:

“External Resampler allows you to resample your hardware or software synthesizers automatically. You specify what range, and what increment of notes you wish to resample and it records each note to your hard drive with an appropriate file name. Great for resampling gear that doesn’t allow preset saving, so you can have a digital copy of the patch forever.” – Tom Cosm

Tom Cosm External / Internal Resampler

External Resampler

While the device is geared toward resampling hard synths, this tutorial sets out to show you how to use it to resample you internal VSTi patches in the same way using Ableton Live & a PC.

You will need three things, if you don’t have them already. The External Resampler, a virtual audio line, and a virtual midi pipe.

Download the Programs (all are free):

The Set Up

After you’ve installed everything open Live and go to the preferences. Click on the Audio tab. For the Audio Output Device choose the VB Cable.

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VB Virtual Audio Cable Audio Output in Ableton Live

Next go down to the Midi tab and make sure that the LoopBe1 input is correctly adjusted. Both Track and Remote should be activated (on).

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LoopBe1 Midi Settings in Live

Next go ahead and open the External Resampler and click on the Audio Card Options. Make sure the correct driver is selected, for us that will be the same driver being used in Ableton Live. Then for the Input Device choose the CABLE OUTPUT (VB Virtual Cable). Finally, the Output Device should be to where you want to hear the patch… i.e. your speakers or headphones.

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External Resampler Audio Card Options in Ableton Live

Go back into live and drop your VSTi onto a midi track. There should only be one for the sake of ease, or you will have to do more routing in Live. Go back to the resampler, turn the audio on by clicking the little microphone in the top left of the device and hit test –¬†you should hear the patch!!

Then you need to set up your sustain, velocity, release, file location and file names.

One Issue

I did run into a little bug. It could be just me, but I figured I should let you know how I worked around it just in case. I wanted to resample every semitone, but when I hit Begin only the first note value was recorded, then it was looped. The device wasn’t running the sequence of notes, which is kind of the whole idea.

What I did to get it working was switch the interval to +3 and tried that. It worked. So, after I set it back to +1 and it worked again.

What I thin happened is that the initial value might be +0 and simply moving the knob up and then back down sets it to +1.

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Author: Joshua Casper

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