Q: “I can’t get my Motif’s SLICE function to work with sampled cymbals; do you have any advice?”
A: There are a few things that might help you. First, make sure that you’re using the appropriate SLICE TYPE. The Motif ES features three SLICE TYPES that are each powerful and useful, but different. The “Phrase Type” is good for sustained sounds or sounds with long decays; vocals, solo instruments and pads – also recommended for sounds and tracks of drums mixed with other sustained timbres and drums loops with long cymbals, etc. Specifically, Phrase Type #4 offers an algorithm that is very good in your circumstance. Second, spend a good amount of time experimenting with the SENSITIVITY setting – this will help you fine tune the algorithm.