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The NN-XT Remote Editor > The Key Map Display - Pg. 272

The Keyboard Area The Keyboard Area is a graphical representation of the virtual keyboard within the NN-XT. It is here that key ranges can be viewed, root notes can be set, and loaded samples can be auditioned without the use of a MIDI keyboard. The key range refers to the lowest and highest key that will trigger a loaded sample. For example, let's suppose that you've imported a snare drum sample into a newly created zone in the key map. As a snare drum is a sample that does not have a specific pitch, you will not need more than one or two keys on your keyboard to trigger the sample. By using a key range, you can specify that the snare sample will be heard only by pressing the D1 or D#1 notes on a MIDI keyboard. A root note specifies the original frequency at which a sample was recorded. If you record a piano played at Middle C, C3 is its root note. It is very important to specify a sample's root note, as you want to make sure that the recorded sample retains its realism and natural timbre. LATER IN THE SHOW In the next main section of this chapter, called "The Sample Parameters," you will read about root notes in more detail. You will also get an opportunity to work with root notes again in a tutorial that helps you create your first NN-XT patch. It is very easy to audition loaded samples in the NN-XT by using your computer keyboard and mouse. If you are on the PC, just hold the Alt key and click on a key in the virtual keyboard. Notice that the mouse icon becomes a Speaker icon as you press the Alt key. This can also be done on the Mac by using the Option key. The Tab Bar The Tab Bar is one of several ways to adjust the key range of a zone. Start by selecting a sample zone in the key map. Once selected, the zone's Tab Bar will display the zone's key range and supply boundary handles to make adjustments. Just drag the handles to the left and right to make adjustments to the key range. The Tab Bar can also be used to adjust the key range of several zones at one time and shift the positions of several zones at once. In order for this to work, the zones must share at least one common key range value. The Key Range Area The Key Range Area is used to adjust the key range of a selected zone and also to shift the position of a zone up and down the keyboard area. The main difference between the key range and the Tab Bar is that the key range will make adjustments on an individual basis. If there are two zones that share the same key ranges, adjustments to the key range are still made individually. Zones can also be shifted in the Key Range Area on a singular or multiple basis if they are both selected.