Looking for a way to sample your hardware-based keyboards into your software sampler? Take a look at Sample Robot. It's a software utility that lets you clone musical instruments by automating the process of sampling external instruments so you can build software versions.
The software uses MIDI to programmatically send note-on messages in various keyboard ranges and velocities to your external instrument. It then records the output of the instrument into samples files. These files can then be imported into software samplers.
A new version 2.50 has just released. According to the press release:
"With the new generation 2.50 of
award-winning audio software SKYLIFE SampleRobot it is now even easier and
faster to clone musical instruments. In addition to the new Project Wizard a
lot of functions have been included to make SampleRobot an indispensable
creative tool for composers, music producers and sound designers.
Furthermore all SampleRobot products include hundreds of megabytes of high
quality and rare synthesizer multi-samples."
Learn more by visiting http://www.samplerobot.com/index_b.php