You can purchase the Audio Import feature from within the Launchpad & Blocs Wave. You can either purchase it individually, within a Pro features Bundle, or unlock it as part of the Launchpad Premium subscription (only in the Launchpad app).
Importing audio files in Launchpad
Tap 'PAD' on the Edit section, and then the 'Your Samples' icon (bottom right corner)...
Browse for your chosen audio file, then enter the key and BPM information of that sample...
The audio file will then be stored in 'Your Samples'. It can then be assigned to one of the pads by selecting a pad and tapping on the imported audio...
When you assign a sample to a pad, its tempo and key will change depending on the BPM and key of the project.
Importing audio files in Blocs Wave
Tap the 'Browser' tab, and then 'Import'...
Browse for your chosen audio file, then enter the key and BPM information...
The file will then be stored in the 'Browser' tab. You can choose to assign it to one of the pads by selecting a pad and tapping on the imported audio...
What type of file can I Import?
There are various File types which can be imported, these are:
- .M4A (AAC)
- .M4A (ALAC)
(Please note other file types will result in an import error.)
What is the maximum file size or length that I can import?
The maximum file length that you can import is dependent on two variables: the BPM of the sample and the overall number of beats. Launchpad accepts a maximum beat count of 999. At 120 BPM, this is roughly 8 mins of audio. Slower BPMs will yield longer samples (with the slowest accepted BPM of 20), and faster BPMs will give shorter samples.
How do I get my samples to fit in with the rest of my project?
If you are exporting a sample from a DAW, it is a good idea to include the BPM and key of the sample in the name of the exported file; this will make the whole process very straightforward. When retrieving audio files from sample-library sites, in most cases the key and BPM information will be already given to you.
When you assign a sample to a pad, its tempo and key will change depending on the BPM and Key of the project. So it is important that you enter the original BPM and key of the Sample.
The Launchpad and Blocs wave audio import feature can automatically read key and BPM information if it is given in the file name of the sample. The best way to do this is by separating the key and BPM with a hyphen in the file name. (If you are importing directly from another Ampify app, then this information will also be given automatically.)
Why can I only select minor keys?
A Frequently asked question by users is ‘why can I only select minor keys?’ This is because our sound packs reflect today’s popular music, which is commonly in a Minor key. This means that projects based on sound packs will be mostly in minor keys.
To fit a major key sample in with the rest of a project; make sure to set the key to its relative minor.
To assist with this process, the audio import feature automatically gives you the relative minor of the key in the file name. For example, if the file name included ‘Cmaj’, the audio import feature would automatically insert A minor as the key.
How do I get my samples to play at different BPMs in the Launchpad app?
If you wanted to use the Launchpad app as a tool to cue sounds at different tempos; you can do this by importing samples at the same bpm as the project. This will keep the sample's original tempo when you assign it to a pad.
For example, when you open a new empty project it will by default be at 120BPM. When importing samples you would need to enter the BPM as 120 in the tempo section on the audio import feature. (Although this will not work with Ampify apps content as the metadata is fixed on it, so the tempo will always change.)