Yeah think we’re kind of double conversing haha… I’ll stick to just this thread for the reply this time
For me personally, pre-processing is generally an entirely separate process removed from the creative one, for the most part at least. And I’ll spend days, even occasionally weeks at a time doing it. However quick little edits and tweaks and stuff like that need to be done on the fly constantly with what I do, no matter what kind of prep I put in.
Bear in mind that the main genre I make is FAR more edit heavy than something like say Hip Hop, or genres that mainly use a few one shots and stuff. I make all kinds of music, Hip Hop included, but my main thing is old school Jungle, which is I would say, one of the more detailed / meticulous genres when it comes to both editing the audio, as well as the actual edits of patterns. And it can be very busy. (I have no idea if you’ve ever heard of the genre, so pardon me if it sounds like I’m condescendingly explaining Jungle here, that’s not the intent lol).
As far as sampling / resampling and processing and such goes, I have plenty of gear including multiple samplers ranging from old to modern (S950, S2000, S2800, SP505, E6400, Octatrack, I guess the Analog Rytm SORT OF is, and 4 (yes FOUR, but not all working lol) Amiga 1200’s. And all of those, from oldest to newest have basic editing features, such as truncate etc. Apart from maybe the Rytm, which still has SOME, although a bit less straight forward in implementation, and I think the mkII has more of that stuff too, and it’s technically not intended as a straight sampler either, but a drum machine. Also I guess technically the Amiga is a PC running a DAW.
Aaanyway, there’s no reason this shouldn’t have the standard basic editing tools too. The whole “just use another machine” ideology kinda hurts my brain tbh haha. Why though? I wanna sit in front of the machine that is intended to be a centre piece of a studio, focused, and working away on something for hours, not constantly moving away from the machine and having to do stuff in other machines, or worse, on a PC, which I’m trying to avoid in the first place, or I’d just crack on in Ableton or whatever DAW. It totally breaks the workflow for me, and at that point I may as well just USE the other samplers/ sequencers/ PC I have INSTEAD. (Which obviously I don’t want to or we wouldn’t be talking about it lol). Even my Iridium can do basic editing/truncating and resampling itself (with all FX etc applied) etc, and that’s a synth with rompler style ability as one of it’s 5 synth engines, not a sampler.
More to the point this is the machine I have moved to for ALL vinyl sampling now, and at least intend to stick with it. So I really wouldn’t want to rough record everything into it, dump it into the pc to batch edit in a PC, which is actually longer than recording to the PC in the first place… When I could just edit everything right then and there in a few seconds, which you ALMOST can do as is, the additions are definitely nothing wild, but would make life a hell of a lot easier and more efficient. Like I said these are such basic features I never even considered to specifically seek out if you could truncate/ copy / paste etc, because why WOULDN’T you be able to edit a sample on a sampler, that’s it’s intended purpose after all haha.