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Select a kit

A kit is a group of 4 samples.

Kits are organized in 26 banks (A to Z). Each bank includes up to 100 kits:
  • A0 to A99
  • B0 to B99
  • ...
  • Z0 to Z99

Rotate the encoder to display the current kit and to select a kit, and load it by pressing the encoder.

You can only scroll through created kits inside the SD card.

 Tip  Fast scroll (bank select): hold  assign  and rotate the encoder.

 Tip  When scrolling through kits, pressing ① ② ③ or ④ will display the name of the kit sample on the screen.

 Tip  Hold  assign  and press the encoder to load a kit. This new kit will keep the FX parameters of the previously playing kit.

What's inside a kit?

Each kit folder includes up to 12 samples (.wav file) per voice. There are 4 voices: audio outputs SP1, SP2, SP3 and SP4.

If a voice includes more than 1 samples, this voice use the "multi–layers" feature. On the example below, SP1, SP2 and SP3 are using layers.

Trig a sample

Use the gate input 1 to play SP1 (sample 1), gate input 2 to play SP2, gate input 3 to play SP3, gate input 4 to play SP4.

You can see the samples playing on the screen, thanks to the 4 vu–meters:

Each sample is always outputted on its dedicated audio output (1, 2, 3, 4) and unplugged audio outputs are normalled to "mix" output.

To pre–listen a sample, hold  listen  and press the mode buttons ① ② ③ or ④.

Double press  listen  to stop all samples.

Press  listen  to quit the current mode (kit select, assign mode, settings, ...).
Assign a CV input
Each of the 4 CV inputs can be assigned to any effect/parameter of any voice:
  • press  assign ,
  • select the CV input (►1, ►2, ►3, ►4)
  • select the sample(s) to control (SP1, SP2, SP3, SP4, ALL SAMPLES)
  • select the effect/parameter to assign (pitch, bits, filter, freeze, start, length, env, run, levels, layers, T–F (trig freeze), v/oct).
 Tip  T–F (trig freeze) will enable the freeze effect only if a gate is detected on this CV input.

A special assignment: V/OCTAVE

Instead of assign CV IN to linear pitch (–5V = –50%, 0V = 0%, 5V = +100%) it's possible to use the standard V/OCTAVE to pitch sample with quantized chromatic notes. To do so, select "v/oct" in the CV INPUT assign list.

 Note  As Rample CV inputs range is –5V to +5V (= 10 octaves) and a sample can be pitched only across 2 octaves, we choose the "modulo v/octave" rule. The 24 notes (= 2 octaves) are cyclically wrapped. This way, you will always get the chromatic quantized note you want, but the octave will jump:

 Tip  When a cv input is assigned to "v/oct", it's possible to fine tune the voice pitch with the potentiometer (or with an other CV input assigned).
Mute groups
Mute groups allow each sample to be muted by one or more samples, very handy to create open/close and conditional behaviors. While holding  assign , select the sample to be group–muted (by pressing ① ② ③ or ④) and then select the sample triggering the mute (up to 3 samples).

Let's take a few examples:
  • SP1 muted by SP2
    hold  assign , press ①, ②, release  assign 

  • SP2 muted by SP1 + SP4
    hold  assign , press ②, ① , ④, release  assign 

  • Delete SP1 mute group
    hold  assign , press ①, release  assign 

Press  assign , release it, then press ① ② ③ or ④ to enter the layers mode: the screen displays the running layer of the voice.

Press once again ① ② ③ or ④ to enter the per voice layer playback mode (manual, random, cyclic, ...) of the currently selected voice.

 Tip  If the "LAYERS" setting is set to "MANUAL", you can manually select the layer with the main encoder. Press the encoder to listen to the selected layer while scrolling through them.
We advise to use only the provided microSD card, as its fastness is fundamental for Rample optimal playback. We do not guarantee Rample stability with other cards. Please do not eject the SD card while Rample is powered.

If you see this pixel blinking on the screen, your SD card may need to be formatted. Click here for more information.

If you need to reformat your SD card, we strongly encourage you to use the official SD Memory Card Formatter from the SD Association, as it can dramatically improve the card's performance compared to other formatters.
Audio effects & parameters workflow
Each voice has its own “rack” of effects, and all audio effects can be enabled at the same time, allowing you to manipulate your samples in real time, from a gentle lowpass to a massive destruction!

Each potentiometer controls the selected effect amount, per voice. Pot 1 will always control SP1, Pot 2 will control SP2, ...

Rotate a potentiometer (or select an effect with ① ② ③ or ④) to display the '4–voice effect values' view:

Audio effects

Select an audio effect (pitch, bits, filter, freeze) with ① ② ③ or ④.

pitch — a great sounding pitch engine, based on a 6-pole interpolator. The range goes from –1octave to +1octave:
bits — two different bitcrushing algorithms, based on sample rate reduction and resolution reduction. It produces distortion and warms up the audio signal:
filter — a low resonance filter, DJ–style, cutting off the high frequencies (low pass) or the low frequencies (high pass):

freeze — when enabled (pot ≠ midpoint), Rample will sample and loop a fraction of the played waveform, creating a glitching effect:

 Note  Uniquely to the freeze effect, you can activate/deactivacte the effect independently of the amount, by assigning a CV input to "T–F" (trig freeze).

levels (hold  assign  and press  listen ) — turn the knob to the left to decrease the voice gain, or turn to the right to drive the signal:

 Tip  Edit the 4–voice values at the same time by holding an effect button and rotating the menu encoder (e.g. hold PITCH + rotate encoder).
Advanced parameters

Double tap ① ② ③ or ④ to select start point, length, env or run mode.

start point — set the beginning of the sample playback.
If setting SLICER = EXP, the start point goes from 0% to 100% of the sample total length. If SLICER is set to a value (/8, /16, /32, /64, /128, /12, /24, /48), the sample length is divided by this value into equal parts, handy to edit the start point of your sample 'in beats'.
length — Set the duration of the sample. Depending on the setting SLICER = EXP, the duration goes from 100% to 0% of the sample total length. If SLICER is set to a value (/8, /16, /32, /64, /128, /12, /24, /48), the sample length is divided by this value into equal parts, handy to edit the length of your sample 'in beats'.

env — turn the knob to the left to add sample attack,
or turn to the right to add sample decay.

run mode — 3 types of sample playback.
– one shot: a trig plays the sample entirely
– toggle loop: a trig alternatively plays/stops the sample
– gate high only: sample played only when gate is high
Momentary effects

Press and hold ① ② ③ or ④ to access the effect in "momentary mode". While holding, you can play with an effect parameter knob to change the sound, however the effect will be set back to its original value after releasing ① ② ③ or ④.

In "momentary mode", turning the main encoder will affect all four voices. Pressing the encoder applies the momentary parameters.

Note about start point & sample length

Using 'start points' and 'length' parameters is a great way to slice your samples and play a controlled part of the waveform:

Slicer: start point & sample length

The example above shows a sample divided into 16 equal parts (setting SLICER = /16). With the SLICER setting, it's possible to increase/decrease this number of equal parts. Awesome when playing with drum loops or organized samples in a single .wav file!

The example below shows a sample divided into 256 parts (setting SLICER = EXP), allowing more precise START and LENGHT fine-tuning on low values. It's possible to get very short sample LENGTH to create fast or glitched sounds.

 Tip  Set ANTICLIC = OFF to get a tighter sound, especially when slicing drum loops (anticlic introduces a volume fade out and can be perceived as jitter).
Chromatic midi mode / keyboard split

Go to SETTINGS > SP1 (or SP2, SP3, SP4) and scroll right to the very end. Select the midi range (note number range) that your keyboard will control. You can see it as a keyboard split, that allows to play samples as chromatic notes, on a range of 2 octaves (corresponding to pitch –50% to +100%).

For example, if you set SP1 = 48 60 72, your midi keyboard will play SP1 across 2 octaves:
the midi note 48 (C–1) will pitch the sample one octave below,
the midi note 60 (C) will trig with no pitch change,
the midi note 72 (C+1) will pitch one octave above:

Second example, if you set SP1 = 36 48 60 and SP2 = 60 72 84, your midi keyboard will be split into 2 parts:

 Tip  It's great to play with piano/synthesizer samples that have been captured in C, so the C key of your midi keyboard will correspond to the C note of the sample.

As each of your 4 samples can be set to a different range or to a simple midi note, it allows a great flexibility for midi mapping.

Chord midi mode:

Turns your Rample in a 4–voice polyphonic synth!

In the settings, if your voices share the same octave range, they will play in CHORD MODE, in a voice–stilling way.

For example, set SP1 = 48 60 72 = SP2 = SP3 = SP4, then play up to 4–note chords with your keyboard!

 Tip  To mimic a synthesizer, create your own folder kit with a synthesizer sample (e.g. a C note) for each of the 4 voices, so the sound will be the same, only the note pitch will change (and you can still add Rample's FX/parameters for each independent voices).

 Tip  With the midi in setting, you can even set 2 or 3 voices sharing the octave range in order to play them like a synthesizer, and set the other voices to a simple midi note (eg to trig a kick/snare).

How to make your own sample kits
The rule is simple: 1 kit = 1 folder.

Inside the SD card, each kit must be in a folder named ?X where:
? is the bank letter, from A to Z (handy for organizing your samples)
X is the number of the kit, from 0 to 99

For example, a kit folder can be nammed A0, E10, R7, G69, Z99, ... Up to 2600 folders can be created!

In a folder, drop your favorite samples. The first character must be the number of the voice, from 1 to 4 (voice 1 to voice 4). For clearer file names and easy sorting,you can add any text after the digit, as per the figure below :

These files must be in a standard .wav mono format, 16–bit or 8–bit, 44100 Hz, minimum length 50ms. There is no size or duration limits, you can even play hours–long samples.

Stereo support:

You can drop stereo samples in your kits. Rules are the same as for mono samples. A stereo sample will fill 2 mono voices.

 Tip  Any wave file editor software should works (like Ableton or MediaHuman converter).

Important: all your kit folders must be located on the root of the SD card! If no kits are added, Rample will display 'NO K'.
Multi–layers kits
It's possible to "multisample" your kits: in a folder, add up to 12 samples per voice.

These layers can be played manualy, randomly (by default), Round–Robin (cyclic), or controlled by velocity midi in.

 Tip  MANUAL layer mode allows you to choose which layer you want to play. Press  assign  then press ① ② ③ or ④ to enter the layers mode. Scroll among them using the main encoder.

The following example shows SP1 with 5 layers, SP2 with 2 layers, SP3 and SP4 with only one layer :

Sample layer names are numerically and alphabetically sorted in Rample, handy to create a special order when controlling the layers with midi velocity or CV (first samples are triggered by lowest velocities).

 Tip  Stereo samples can also be layered. All layers must be of the same type (mono OR stereo) in a voice.
To enter the setting list, simply press the menu encoder:

Reset all effect parameters to default.

Randomize effect values.

Copy all parameters & assignments.

Paste the copied parameters & assignments.

Save current kit parameters & assignments on the SD card.

Set the input midi channel of this unit.

Set the midi note 0..127 (C0 to G10) to trigger the sample 1 (or set a chromatic midi keyboard split).

Set the midi note 0..127 (C0 to G10) to trigger the sample 2 (or set a chromatic midi keyboard split).

Set the midi note 0..127 (C0 to G10) to trigger the sample 3 (or set a chromatic midi keyboard split).

Set the midi note 0..127 (C0 to G10) to trigger the sample 4 (or set a chromatic midi keyboard split).

Assign the midi in note velocity to LEVEL, PITCH, BIT or FILTER.

Assign the midi in pitchbend to:

Enable midi in PC to change the kit number.

The input voltage range, 0V to 5V or -5V to 5V.

Enable/disable pitch CHROMATIC notes quantizing (this setting affects the pitch FX value when controlled with the potentiometer, or when a CV input is assigned to "pitch").

Set the samples START POINT and samples LENGTH quantizing method. See Advanced parameters chapter for more info.

Set the default layer mode: MANUAL, RANDOM, CYCLIC, REVERSE CYCLIC, VELOCITY. After a kit load, if the kit has never been saved before, all voices will be set with this selected mode.

Set the 4x CV inputs to be assigned per KIT, or GLOBAL assign (all kits will share the same allocation).

Enable or disable the fast volume envelope designed to prevent clics on sample start/stop.

Change the vu–meter style (CLASSIC, WAVED, MIXED, EXPLOD), or disable it (OFF) to always display the 4 parameter levels. You can also choose LAYERS to display 4 horizontal lines (each line represent the layers of a voice) or TIMELINE(each line represent the sample playback % progression). The last vu–meter style is the INPUTS monitor (each bloc represent the CV voltage of inputs 1, 2, 3 and 4).

Rotate the screen, useful if you want to flip your Rample in your case.

Enables/Disables the "autosave kit" feature. When this is on, Rample will remember the last kit you used, and use it again at power–up.

Save current settings on the SD card.

Display the running OS version. Scroll right and you will see the amount (%) of CPU used.
Midi implementation chart

Midi messages are ignored when not matching the midi channel of Rample (to be defined in the settings).