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Formats, The Page

The Sample libraries are often available in different formats, or will contain multiple formats on one CD. What follows is a brief description of some of those formats and compatibility. For information on the format of an individual library, please refer to the individual product page.

Audio:

Overview:

This is an audio CD that you can play in any CD player.

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Refill (.rfl):

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A compressed format for Propellerheads Reason.

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AIFF (.aif or .aiff):

Overview:

Originally A.A.I.F.F. (Apple Audio Interchange File Format), and now often simply "AIF," this format started out as an Apple audio format. For many years it and SD2 (Sound Designer File) were the primary formats for anyone who worked with music on a Mac.

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WAV (.wav):

Overview:

From "MS WAVeformat". Originally a Windows format, it has become ubiquitous and "I for one welcome our new ant overlords..."

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AKAI (. akp):

Overview:

There multiple AKAI formats (S1000/S3000) which a have pretty much become the standard for samplers.

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Recycle (.rex):

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Another great idea from the Propellerheads.

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Other Sample Formats

NN-XT (.sxt):

Reason's advanced sampler. While sadly lacking a lot of compatibility with other sampler formats, the NNXT kicks ass and takes names.

EXS24 (.exs):

Emagic's very worthy entry into the world of samplers. Great integration with Logic, it's quickly become the sampler of choice for many Mac users.

HALION (.fxp):

Is a software sampler that Steinberg makes. Popular with Cubase users.

KONTAKT (.nki):

Native Instruments' sampler format.

GIGA (.gig):

PC only, and so not something which is not currently supported by Bad Mucking Fastard.

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