Sampled pads are much quicker to implement into tracks imo. As a WAV, you can quickly pre-listen them instead of going through VSTis.
Also, you can quickly reverse them for some interesting fx. And finally, they don’t take up much CPU!!!
However, after experimenting a bit, I am still having difficulty creating compatible pad samples for trance/house.
My questions are as follows:
What should be the length of such sample? I was thinking of either sampling 4 or 8 bar length. What do you recommend?
Should it be looped or just a normal single-shot with full release?
Should I apply fading to the samples? This could probably be done using ADSR envelopes later in the sampler.