Samplebot Manual

Samplebot is an app for iPhone and iPad that lets you sample and import audio, then play back your sounds on pads and arrange them into songs using the built-in sequencer.

This manual describes the app's main functions:

Recording Sounds

You can use Samplebot to record sounds coming in your device's microphone, or through class compliant audio hardware connected to your device via the Lightning port.

To begin recording, tap or hold a blank pad in Samplebot.

If Samplebot does not begin recording when you make sound, or begins recording too soon and captures leading silence, try adjusting either the Gain or the Record Threshold in Samplebot's Input settings (see Configuring Recording, below).

If you make a mistake, tap to undo. Hold to bring up the Undo/Redo options.

Tap the tempo button 120 to open the Tempo screen. If you change the tempo and you've already recorded or imported some audio, it will be time-stretched to the new tempo as appropriate.

Configuring Recording

You can configure how Samplebot records audio. To open Input Settings:

  1. Tap the menu button at the bottom left of Samplebot's main screen
  2. Tap “Settings” at the bottom right of the menu screen
  3. Tap “Input”
On the Input Settings screen, you can:

Importing and Managing Sounds

You can import audio into Samplebot in a wide range of audio formats. Here are some of the ways you can bring audio into your Samplebot projects:

Media Screen

Samplebot's Media screen allows you to manage and import your sounds. To access the Media screen:

  1. Tap the menu button at the bottom left of Samplebot's main screen
  2. Tap “Media” at the bottom of the menu screen

On the Media screen, you can:

Once you have selected a sound to import, you will be taken to the Import Screen. Here, you can:

Playing and Managing Pads

To play back recorded or imported sounds, tap or hold a pad in Samplebot.

Access pad controls by swiping your finger from right to left on a pad.

If you don't see the controls appearing from the right side while you are swiping, try swiping a little slower.

The pad controls allow you to:

Tap to enter the Pad Edit Screen. Here, you can:

Recording and Editing Sequences

With Samplebot, you can take your recorded or imported sounds and program them into a sequence which can be played back or exported. You can record sequences using the Sequence Record button ( at the bottom of Samplebot's main screen), or you can create and edit sequences using the Sequence Editor.

Recording Sequences

To record a sequence, or to add an extra layer to your sequence, tap . Samplebot will count in 4 measures, and then begin recording. While recording is active, any pads you play back or record will be saved to your project's sequence.

If you don't wish to hear the metronome during sequence recording, you can disable this in General Settings.

Once you are finished recording, tap again and recording will end.

If you made a mistake during recording, tap the Undo button to undo the recording. Hold to bring up the Undo/Redo options.

Viewing, Playing and Editing Sequences

To view, play back or edit your sequence, switch to the Sequence screen using the button at the bottom right of Samplebot's main screen.

To return to the pads screen, tap from the Sequence screen.

The Sequence screen shows each of your pads in rows, cascading down the screen. Your sequence's timeline is shown across the screen, subdivided into bars, beats, and fractions of beats, depending upon the zoom level.

Tap the colored header at the left of each row to play the sound on that pad. Tap and hold to access the Pad Edit Screen.


Tap anywhere in the main area of the screen to place a segment at that time, for that pad. If that pad has sound, it will play at that point in the sequence, during sequence playback.

Tap an existing segment to remove it from the timeline, or drag it to change its position. Drag the right side of any segment to change its length.

If you make any mistakes, tap to undo (or redo) your changes.

Use the Marquee and Edit buttons to switch mode. When Marquee mode is active, you can draw a rectangle around the segments in the timeline you wish to edit. Then, with these segments active, you can drag them forwards or backwards in the timeline, copy and paste, or delete the selected segments.

If you have copied segments using Marquee mode, tap the playhead at the top of the screen to call up the Paste action, and tap Paste to place the copied segments at that point in the timeline, and move the playhead to the end of the pasted region. You can build up sophisticated patterns by using Copy/Paste repeatedly.


Pinch to zoom and pan to navigate through your sequence. At higher zoom levels, the quantization level increases to more fine-grained divisions so you can place segments on the timeline more accurately. At the maximum zoom level, there is no quantization at all.

Pan with two fingers to avoid accidentally moving any segments during navigation.

While playback is active, the viewport will follow the playhead, unless you navigate in the sequence during playback.


Play back your sequence by pressing . To stop, press .

Move the playhead by tapping or dragging in the timeline header at the top of the screen. Move to the beginning of the sequence by tapping in the empty space to the left of the timeline header.

Loop Mode

Toggle Loop Mode by pressing . The current loop region will appear in the timeline header at the top of the screen as a yellow area, or grey if it is disabled.

Using Loop Mode and Sequence Recording together can be a fun, easy and creative way to build up your sequence in layers.


Samplebot features three special white pads which are used for drum kits. To choose a built-in kit pattern, tap the Kits button. A list of available patterns will appear; tap one to select it. Then tap the empty space in the special Kits row to place a pattern there.

Tap the Kit disclosure icon to expand the Kits row into the constituent rows. With these expanded, you can customize the individual parts and create your own patterns.


Tap to export or share a mixdown of your sequence.

Managing Projects

To access controls for the current project, tap the menu button at the bottom left of Samplebot's main screen.

On the Project/Menu screen, you can:

General Settings

Samplebot's General Settings allow configuration of some high-level functions. To access General Settings:

  1. Tap the menu button at the bottom left of Samplebot's main screen
  2. Tap “Settings” at the bottom right of the menu screen
  3. Tap “General Settings”

In General Settings, you can:

MIDI Control

Samplebot provides for sophisticated control via MIDI devices such as foot pedals, keyboards or controllers. With Samplebot's MIDI features, you can:

You configure a MIDI device by adding Bindings which are triggered by controls on the MIDI hardware. Each Binding you create can perform one or more actions, in sequence or simultaneously.

To access MIDI Control settings:

  1. Tap the menu button at the bottom left of Samplebot's main screen
  2. Tap “Settings” at the bottom right of the menu screen
  3. Tap “MIDI Control”

The Control Settings screen displays all available MIDI devices. Tap a device to access the Device Configuration.

On the Device Configuration screen, you can:

Adding new MIDI Bindings

Tap “Add New Binding” to create your first Binding.

Samplebot is now listening for incoming MIDI events; press a button, pedal or operate a control knob on your MIDI hardware to record the trigger.

Samplebot displays the latest MIDI event received. If you wish to use the "On" action of a momentary MIDI trigger, you may need to hold down the pedal until you have saved the binding. Alternatively, you can manually select the state of the trigger later.

On the Binding screen, you can:

Available MIDI Control Actions

The following actions are available for trigging via MIDI:

Getting More Help

To get more help using Samplebot, email Michael at [email protected].