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Old 2nd June 2021 | Show parent
Originally Posted by Simonator ➡️
Not so very long ago, people only had monophonic samplers.
Many hardware samplers are still monophonic; especially drum/groovebox style samplers.
In those, a chord sample becomes super useful.

Having said that, I'e never noticed an overabundance of chord samples. So many samples available these days... Just grab what you need for your own production.
Fairlight, Synclavier, Emulator, Akai S, ASR......
none of these were monophonic

There's never been a point in time where anything approaching a majority of commercial/consumer market samplers/sample players were monophonic in their sample play capability.
but yes, had that ever been the case, I could understand that.

Chorded samples have been an "industry" norm for decades, one will run into them with fair regularity going back to commercial sample packs of 90s.
The occasional (orchestra) "hit" and the like aside, I didn't get it back then, and still don't get it now.
So presume there's just some sort of practical regular use case point I've long missed.

*granted, non-chorded samples were far more popular and the vast majority of 90s synths wouldn't exist if this hadn't been the case*