An Overview of the EXS24 mkII Instrument Editor

The Instrument Editor is used to create and edit sampler instruments. See Creating EXS24 mkII Instruments, Zones, and Groups and Editing EXS24 mkII Zones and Groups.

Important: Due to the level of integration between the EXS24 mkII and Logic Pro, this section touches on a number of Logic Pro-specific features that are not available in MainStage.

A sampler instrument consists of zones and groups:

To open the EXS24 mkII Instrument Editor
  • Click the Edit button in the upper-right corner of the EXS24 mkII Parameter window.

    Figure. Edit button.

    Note: If no sampler instrument is loaded when you click the Edit button, a new instrument is automatically created.

The Instrument Editor has two view modes:  Zones view and Groups view. Zones view displays zones and associated parameters, in the parameter area. Groups view shows groups and associated parameters.

To switch between EXS24 mkII Instrument Editor view modes
  • Click the Groups button in the upper-left corner to switch to Groups view, or click the Zones button in the upper-left corner to switch to Zones view.

    You can also use the Toggle Zones/Groups View key command to switch between views.

Getting to Know the EXS24 mkII Zones View Mode

In Zones view, the area above the keyboard displays the Zones area. The general menus, buttons, and so on, are displayed in both Zones and Groups views.

Figure. Instrument Editor showing Zones view.
  • Zones column: Displays all zones of the instrument. By default, every instrument contains All Zones (which includes “grouped” zones) and Ungrouped Zones icons. Click the desired icon to display the associated zones in the Parameters area.
  • Parameters area: Displays the parameters of the zone (individual, all, or ungrouped) chosen in the Zones column.
  • Velocity area: Shows the velocity range of the selected zone.

    Note: The Velocity area is turned off, by default.

  • Zones/Groups area: Graphically indicates the zones or groups above the keyboard.
  • Keyboard: Click notes to trigger the associated zone. The keyboard also serves as a visual reference for the placement of zones or groups (in the Zones/Groups area).

Getting to Know the EXS24 mkII Groups View Mode

In Groups view, the area above the keyboard displays Groups. The general menus, buttons, and so on, are displayed in both Zones and Groups views.

Figure. Instrument Editor showing Groups view.

Note: Clicking the EXS24 button does not display the Parameter window in the foreground if it is covered by other floating windows.