How to Convert Giga Sample Libraries to EXS24 Format

March 27, 2014

I have a pretty extensive sample library for my music production and keyboard programming work. Some of these sample libraries are formatted for GigaSampler, which was discontinued by Tascam back in 2008. Since I mainly use Logic Pro for sequencing and MainStage for keyboard programming, I decided converting my Giga libraries to EXS24 format would be the best way to go. Here’s a step by step tutorial on how to do this with EXS24.

Navigate to your Sampler Instruments directory, and put the .GIG file in this folder. An easy way to do this is to open up Finder, press Cmd+Shift+G, and type “/Library/Application Support/Logic/Sampler Instruments,”

Open up an instance of EXS24, and refresh the menu. You should now see the converted .GIG file. In the screenshot below, “philharmonica_violin_medium” is my converted Giga instrument.

At this point, a new EXS file will be created in the Sampler Instruments folder. However, the actual sound samples are still being referenced from the .GIG file. I recommend going into the “Instrument” tab of EXS24’s edit menu and exporting the sampler instrument and samples to a separate folder. This way you can delete the .GIG file afterward.


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