What is NN-XT? top
The NN-XT is a software sampler that comes packaged
with Propellerheads Reason. The NN-XT
facilitates the loading of samples and the creation
of multi-sample patches whereby samples can be mapped
across the keyboard. Other features include automatic
pitch detection, graphical zone and loop editing,
layering, zone velocity switching and crossfading,
as well as the loading of soundfonts and the ability
to assign individual synth parameter settings for
2. What soundfile
formats does NN-XT support? top Apart from its native format patches (.sxt),
NN-XT supports wav, AIFF, soundfont, REX file slices
and NN-19 patches (.smp).
3. How is the NN-XT structured? top
The NN-XT has two interface panels. When you load
the NN-XT into Reason only the main panel is visible.
This is where you load complete sample patches and
set the global controls which dictate the sound
parameters of entire patches as opposed to the individual
key zones. It is only when you open the remote
editor (by clicking on its maximise/minimise arrow)
that the NN-XT begins to reveal its true potential. The remote editor is comprised of two main areas,
these are the key map display screen where you can
perform extensive and detailed sample editing, and
the synth parameter controls.
4. How do I
load complete patches into NN-XT?top
A patch is best described as a 'complete sound package.'
It contains a set of samples and all the relevant
parameter settings for use in NN-XT. To load a patch
into NN-XT simply click on the browser button directly
above the letters NN in the main editor. The Reason
Patch Browser allows you to preview your patches
prior to loading.
5. How do I
load REX files into NN-XTtop
To load a REX file into NN-XT use the patch browser
as outlined in the previous answer. Once you have
loaded your REX file you must next create a Dr Rex
Loop player into which you load the same REX file.
Use the To Track option on the Dr Rex Loop player
to place the file data in a sequencer track. Next
assign the NN-XT to this track so that it plays
the data back. When you have done this delete the
Dr Rex Loop player.
6. How do I load soundfonts into NN-XT? top
To load a soundfont (or soundfont preset) into NN-XT
follow the procedure for loading a complete patch
as described in Answer 4. NN-XT will then attempt
to map the soundfont settings to its own parameters.
This operation often delivers mixed results in terms
of accuracy and some soundfonts will work better
than others. To load individual soundfont samples
into NN-XT use the sample browser in the top left
corner of the remote editor.
7. How do I load individual samples into
The quickest way to load samples into NN-XT is by
right clicking on the device and choosing Browse
Samples from the drop down menu.
What are zones in NN-XT?top
As soon as a sample is loaded into NN-XT it is placed
inside its own zone in the key map display. Essentially,
a zone contains the sample and is a very
practical means of editing the sample sound (this
zone/sample relationship can be found in Logic Audio's
EXS24). For example, you may have several zones
that play the same sample, but each of these zones
can be assigned radically different parameter settings,
yet only one sample is being referenced by NN-XT.
If you were editing the actual sample itself however,
you would have to load multiple copies of the same
sample into NN-XT, thus making the file size of
your song that much larger and placing greater demands
on your processor.
9. What are groups
Groups are used in NN-XT to organise your zones/samples.
For example, you may have a number of samples in
a patch that require identical synth parameters.
If you group these together they can then be edited
as one entity. To create a group simply select the
relevant zones, then right click on the device (outside
of the key map display) and choose Group Selected
How do I create key ranges in NN-XT?top
To establish the key range of a particular zone
in NN-XT you must first select this zone in the
key map display. When you click and drag on the
white handles that appear at either end of the selected
zone you can then expand or reduce its keyboard
range. The key map zone provides a clear, graphical
view of where all zones are mapped on the keyboard.