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IK Multimedia €? SampleTank 4 Sound Library (SOUNDBANK)

SampleTank 4 is now available in three editions; SE, the 'standard' and MAX. All use the new front-end but are supplied with different sizes of sound library. For this review, I had access to the fully-loaded MAX version which offers 250GB of samples spread across some 8000 instruments. For the SE and standard versions, those numbers are 30GB/2000 instruments and 100GB/6000 instruments respectively, reflecting their different prices. SampleTank 4 runs as both a stand-alone application (useful for live performance) and as a multi-format plug-in.

IK Multimedia – SampleTank 4 Sound Library (SOUNDBANK)

The Instrument Browser provides the usual options for finding sounds, with filters for library, category and type. The Mixer window provides more comprehensive mixing options, while also providing one route by which to access the effects available for each Part, including up to four send effects.

Of MAX's orchestral instruments, I particularly liked the brass and string sounds. All the key instruments within each of these orchestral sections are well represented and you also get a good range of articulations. Fast attacks, slow attacks, staccato, sustains, legato, crescendos of various speeds, rips, scoops, growls, falls, trills... well, you get the general idea. I was a little surprised that no larger sections were included amongst the new samples, but presets from earlier ST versions are included to fill this role. It's also worth noting that, while there are multi-articulation presets elsewhere within the new sample content (for example, amongst the guitars), at present, no keyswitchable presets are included based upon the new orchestral samples. These are apparently to be added in an upcoming library update, which will be great to see.

Even more grooves and soundsAlso available are six new SampleTank Libraries in the expansion library series. Their wide selection of instrument types, ranging from drum loops to robotic sci-fi synths, will inspire diverse musical styles including funk, reggaeton, pop, indie rock, and more. They include:L.A. Confidential - grooves from top L.A. session drummersL.A. Confidential pairs award-winning producer Filippo Gaetani and three in-demand, L.A. super-session drummers: Fernando Sanchez (Chris Cornell, Luis Fonsi, Christina Perri), Kellii Scott (Queens of the Stone Age, Faith Hill, P!nk), and Tim Dow (Pete Yorn, Year of the Rabbit, Shiner). Recorded in one of L.A.'s hottest studios with world-class gear and techniques, L.A. Confidential delivers more than 2000 new grooves (over 10 GB of sounds) in dozens of styles, from smooth '70s grooves to alternative rock, breaks and more. Loops are included in stereo dry, stereo wet, and multi-track stem versions, as both loops and WAV files for maximum flexibility.Alternate Keys - fresh chromatic instrumentsThis collection features unconventional keyboard instruments designed to add vibrant color to roots-oriented indie, folk, R&B, pop, rock music, and more. A variety of accordion, harmonium, chord organ, toy piano, harpsichord and melodica samples were recorded for the collection using top-quality instruments, microphones and studio gear. For added realism, round robins and appropriate multiple articulations have been included. The collection contains over 2.2GB of all-new, previously unreleased samples and more than 100 new SampleTank 4 instruments, along with pre-programmed control macros and effects.Clavitube - funky, vibey, amped clavinetsClavitube covers the full range of tones in the iconic Hohner Clavinet from the 1970s. It was recorded in stunning detail using two meticulously maintained instruments: the classic D6 model and the road-oriented E7 model. The Clavinets are then processed through three guitar amp models from IK's AmpliTube guitar and bass tone studio. Clavitube also includes a selection of guitar-like presets using the unique Clavinet whammy bar modification along with amp models and effects from AmpliTube for extra attitude. This collection offers 1.6 GB of samples and 250 SampleTank 4 Instrument presets, plus pre-programmed control macros, sound effects and more.Hitmaker - for that next big hit songHitmaker is a three-collection series with distinct styles for added expression, creativity and genre diversity. Each one offers 100 new SampleTank 4 Instruments, 50 MIDI loops, and 1.4 GB or more of all-new samples, as well as pre-programmed control macros and sound effects. All were created and processed with high-end studio gear to add warmth and punch. The collections are:Reggaeton - track-ready, tropical-inspired reggaeton sounds and grooves

Sampletank 2 has come a long way since its inception in 2000. It's asoftware-based sample player that operates as a VST, DXi, RTAS, MAS andAudio Units plug-in under Mac OS and Windows operation systems. It shipswith a library of about 4.5 GigaBytes of sampled sounds including Bass,Brass, Drums, Ethnic, Guitars, Loops, Orchestral, Organs, Percussion,Piano, Strings, Synths, Vocals, Woods and Winds. That about covers thewhole gamut of sounds you would want from any sample-player! Sampletank2 also introduces STRETCH (Sampletank Time REsynthesis TeCHnology) whichgives complete sonic control over the tempo, pitch and harmonics ofsamples for excellent sample pitch transposing and loop synchronizationto your host program's tempo.

Although not as in-depth or complex as a GigaStudio,Sampletank does offer the software-based musician everything he/shewould want in a do-it-all instrument. Each instance of the plug-inoffers 16 parts. You can assign any sound in its library to each part tocreate richly layered sounds, an entire band ensemble or even anentire orchestra! Each of these parts can be assigned to any MIDIchannel (1 to 16) so you can have independent control over each sound orcontrol multiple parts at the same time. Each part also featuresindependent solo and mute buttons, panning, volume and outputassignments (up to 16 audio outputs available). This allows forextremely flexible creation of ensembles, multi-patches, layered soundsand performance oriented patches that can be stored and recalled at theclick of a button (and a little bit of a wait as the samples are loadedinto memory).

SampleTank has been a studio staple for years and provides a high-quality and easy-to-use library. The latest version allows more in-depth sound editing, and includes pattern-playing features such as an arpeggiator and a strummer for emulating guitar.

SampleTank VST is an impressive and professional grade sound workstation that allows you to add as well as edit sounds of multiple instruments in order to create unique audio projects. It lets the professionals to compose as well as mix the music. This application can be used as a standalone tool or plugin plus it contains an extensive library with a very high quality sound samples, three synthesizing as well as loads of built-in DSP effects. You can also download Exhale Vocal Engine VST KONTAKT Library.

Amped Studio is a powerful online DAW. It has a large number of virtual instruments, effects and a sound library. The program also provides a function for determining the pitch and rhythm, which allow you to record midi and audio content on the same track.

MAGIX Music Maker is a simple DAW helping you to create new beats quickly and easily. The software is good for beginners and has an extensive sound library and various loops, while it does not require knowledge of music theory.

LABS is another free sampling-based beatmaking software. The program offers a wide range of high quality sounds. At the same time, the library is constantly evolving, and new sounds are added to it almost monthly.


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