There are various ways to utilize the samples within a DAW.
1. Audio on Grid
This is usually the way to get started using samples without using them from inside a Sampler. Many producers still use this method as the timing is rock solid.
Create a track for each element – Kick, Snare, Clap, FX etc, and simply paste the sample where you want it. Kicks on Beat 1 and 3, and clap on beat 2 and 4, for example. It’s simple enough to copy and paste regions to create beats and song sections and the timing is tighter than MIDI.
2. Using a Sampler
We have presets for Battery, Maschine, Logic EXS24, Ableton and Reason which enable you to use MIDI notes to trigger sounds. The advantage to this is that you can very easily swap out samples after you have made the beat by simply choosing different sounds from inside the sampler, without having to re-program the beat. This is how most people utilize drum samples to program beats.
3. Drum replacement / triggering
Using a plugin such as Slate Trigger, you can augment or fully replace the drum sounds in your session with Samples. The plugin senses when the original sound is being played and triggers the sample to play at the same time. This works great if you have recorded drums that you want to use but the sounds are not quite how you want them.