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The Sample Editor

The sample editor Giada 0.3.0 introduced this useful tool for fine manipulations of your samples. While the main window provides a fast and basic interaction, inside the editor you may tweak several parameters such as start points, end points, fine volume, boost and more.

The editor also provides some basic tools for cutting, trimming or silencing your sample. Those are destructive actions; if you damage the sample you have to reload it from disk. Don't worry, the damage will occur only in memory; the original file won't be touched!

Start/end points

Start/end points are used to set the play range of the sample and are represented by two vertical lines labeled "S" (start) Start point and "E" (end) End point: click on each label and drag it around to set the points quickly, or use the boxes below for a precise, numeric setup. The Reset button restore the default configuration.

Volume and boost

The Volume knob Volume knob reflects the one located on the main window, running from -inf to 0.0 dB. The Boost slider Boost knob is used to rise the signal level of a quiet sample; its range goes from 0.0 to 20.0 dB.


The Normalize button Normalize parses the entire sample and brings its highest peak to 0.0 dB, setting the boost level accordingly. If the highest peak is greater than 0.0 dB (it could happen with a floating point sample), the function brings it down to 0.0 dB. If the sample is silent, it does nothing.


The Pan knob Panning knob sets the position of the sampled sound into the stereo field. "L" stands for Left, "R" for Right and "C" for center.


The Pitch knob Pitch knob streches or compresses the sample, making it sound faster or slower. It works exactly as a turntable pitch control slider. It's powered by the Linear algorithm from Libsamplerate (very fast, low quality).

Cut, trim, silence, ...

The editing menu in the sample editor

Select a portion of the waveform with the mouse and click on it with the right button: a menu will appear, giving you some editing tools:

  • Cut — removes a portion from the sample;
  • Trim — removes all but the selected portion;
  • Silence — mutes the selected portion (set the amplitude to 0);
  • Fade in/Fade out — applies a linear fade in/out;
  • Smooth edges — shapes gracefully the edges of a selection;
  • Set start/end here — sets the start / end points to the selection boundaries.

Did you mess with the sample? You can reload it from disk by clicking on the Reload button Reload button.