Slate Trigger 2 allows you to use .wav files as drum samples. If you use a .wav file as a sample you will hear the same sample each time a drum hit is replaced by Trigger 2.
The multi-sample .tci file format Trigger uses by default to replace a drum hit can sound more natural and realistic than a single file .wav drum sample.
You can make your own drum samples from drum tracks. See my tutorial Make Your Own Drum Samples to get started.
To install a .wav file as a drum sample that Trigger 2 can use:
- Open/run Trigger 2 in your DAW.
- Locate the folder called "Trigger2Library" on your computer. It holds all the samples Trigger 2 uses. Left click the "Settings" button in Trigger 2. You will see the location of the Trigger2Library to the right of the "Select Base Dir" button (see image below).
Reminder: To open the Windows file manager (Explorer) press and hold down the Windows/Start key then press the letter E key.
- Copy the .wav files you want to use into the "Trigger2Library" folder. Make sure you DO NOT accidentally copy the .wav files into a sub folder/directory or you may have trouble finding them when you want to use them.
NOTE: If you have multiple .wav samples I suggest you create your own folder or folders inside the Trigger2 Library folder. Give folders logical, meaningful names, for example, "tomwavs" or "snarewavs".
- Left click on:
- Trigger's "Browser" tab (see image below)
- the browser "Refresh" button to see your folder and .wav sample files
- You can move the Trigger2Library folder to a location that is more convenient for you to access when saving and backing up your samples.
- Left click the "Settings" button in Trigger 2 (see image below).
- Left click "Select Base Dir" and navigate to where you want to move the Trigger2Library. The Trigger2Library and all of its contents will be moved to the location you choose.
- Save one or more backups of your .wav sample files and the entire Trigger2 Library folder/directory.
- There are good reasons to make drum samples. See my tutorial Make Your Own Drum Samples to learn more.
If you are working with a drummer, discuss why you want to make drum samples and ask for permission BEFORE you sample any drums. From both a moral and legal perspective, the drummer's sounds are owned by the drummer.