SampleTank is the ultimate sound and groove workstation. With an exclusive combination of features and sounds, SampleTank stands apart from any other sample-based virtual instrument, as one of the most powerful and easy-to-use solutions for making fully produced songs out of the box.
SampleTank 3 has been rebuilt from the ground up: it has a completely new sound set, fully redesigned easy-to-use interface, new sounds with true-to-life "round robin" and multiple articulations, a new patterns player with MIDI patterns, new effects derived from AmpliTube and T-RackS, a new loop management feature, new filters, a new Live mode and much more.
What’s New with Sample Tank 3
Over 33 GB of included sounds
Over 4,000 new instruments with 21 instrument categories covering the entire span of acoustic, electric and electronic sounds
Over 2,500 drum, percussion and full construction-kit loops played by world-renowned artists
Over 2,000 MIDI files in all categories
Completely redesigned interface with 3 main environments: Play, Mix and Edit that retain SampleTank’s legendary ease-of-use and fast operation
16 channel multi-part Play interface with easy layering and an integrated MIDI player and mixer
All-in-one sound Edit page with 3 sample engines (including formant preserving pitch-shifting and time-stretching engines), 10 filter types and 8 macro controls per instrument for quick multi-parameter editing
"Round robin" and multiple articulations that are triggerable via key switch, modulation wheel or velocity
Multi-channel mixer-like Mix interface with 5 insert effects per channel, 4 stereo effect returns (with 5 insert effects each) and a master channel with 5 insert effects that allow for up to 30 effects per instrument
55 high-quality integrated effects, including 22 new effects for mixing, mastering and more creative applications derived from IK’s studio-grade T-RackS and AmpliTube production software
New Live mode lets you organize sounds for setlist and song for instant recall during performance
Accurate 3D renderings of instruments for easy identification and recall
Available as standalone and 64-bit plug-in for AAX, VST and Audio Units platforms on Mac OS X and Windows
Compatible with all previous “Powered by SampleTank” sound modules and sounds (can import all previous sounds and Combis)
A sound for every song, literally
What makes SampleTank 3 so powerful is its extraordinarily large sound library. SampleTank 3 now comes with over 33 gigabytes of professionally recorded instruments — that’s over 4,000 instruments in 21 instrument categories — far more than most other music workstations out-of-the-box. Plus, SampleTank 3 includes over 2,500 drum, percussion and full groove construction kit loops and over 2,000 MIDI patterns for its brand new MIDI player section.
These sounds are far from ordinary; SampleTank 3's library has been carefully assembled and recorded by IK's experienced recording engineers with high-quality instruments played by professional musicians in some of the world's finest studios. Each instrument has been chosen and recorded to produce the rich depth and vivid realism of live playing.
Though SampleTank 3 features a massive quantity of quality content, its real forte is the quality of its sounds which accurately replicate all the qualities of your favorite instruments. Its pianos, drums, basses, guitars, synthesizers, brass, strings, vocals and other more exotic sounds shine brightly in any mix with little adjustment. And all this is available in an easy-to-use workstation that has a workflow that lets you get right into doing what you do best: making great sounding music. It doesn't matter what style of music you're into: Jazz, Rock, Pop, Funk, EDM, Hip-Hop, Dubstep, House—SampleTank 3 can do it all.
SampleTank’s secret weapon: the engine
SampleTank's 3 engines offer advanced pitch-shifting/time-stretching for loops and grooves. And its unique formant preserving STRETCH™ engine provides an unparalleled level of realism when dealing with vocals, woodwinds, brass, and other organic sounds. When used together these features allow for a virtually unlimited assortment of creative sample effect combinations. Completely retooled and remade, SampleTank 3's new software engine has been greatly enhanced while maintaining its traditional quick sample load times and light CPU usage. Experience enhanced playability with SampleTank 3's new "round robin" sample switching — it's there to lend an organic "live" feeling to your playing by cycling through different samples of the same instrument. Coupled with SampleTank 3's new multiple articulations — triggerable via key switch, modulation wheel or velocity — this provides maximum realism on highly expressive instruments like guitars, woodwinds, percussion, brass, and more. When used correctly these new features can make SampleTank 3's sound indistinguishable from the real thing.
SampleTank 3 now also includes 10 new types of filter effects, many of which are spot-on emulations of some of the most historically significant analog ladder and phaser filters. SampleTank 3 also enhances your editing workflow by centralizing all control in one easy to use interface. Whatever your creative audio needs may be, SampleTank 3 delivers with stunning precision, accuracy and ease.
And if you are not particularly technologically minded (or an advanced producer), no problem! Now SampleTank 3 offers 8 macro control knobs for every sound. IK Multimedia's sound designers have already pre-programmed complex parameters chains so you have all the controls you need arranged in a way that lets you quickly and effortlessly create the sounds you need.
Get in the groove
Now you can get your groove on with SampleTank 3’s new built-in MIDI engine. Use hundreds of grooves, patterns and loops to build killer rhythmic tracks that you can easily sync together — you can even export them to your DAW.
SampleTank 3's multi-part pattern player can hold up to 128 simultaneous MIDI patterns in each of its 16 parts. This allows for extensive control of intensity, transposition and quantization. SampleTank 3 lets you use the included ore-made patterns and loops to come up with complex and inspiring rhythmic textures and beats on the fly. These grooves are lifelike and highly professional, and that's because SampleTank 3's rhythm section has been recorded by some of the finest drummers and percussionists in the world. Now you can have great sounding, pro-quality grooves right from the start.
And when you want to further refine your patterns and use them in your sequencer, simply drag them to your DAW to use them from there.
An effects powerhouse
A large part of SampleTank's long-standing popularity has been its suite of built-in effects, a feature that owes a lot to IK Multimedia’s reputation for top-quality audio effects. SampleTank 3 continues this legacy with a significant amount of new features. The heart of this is its new intuitive and realistic mixer-like interface. Presented like a traditional mixer, it offers 16 instrument channels that each feature 5 insert effect slots and 4 stereo effect returns plus a Master Channel with 5 effect slots. Using these effects can quickly be inserted, bypassed, previewed and edited without leaving the main mixer menu. This powerful effects routing system allows for up to 30 effects to be applied to a single SampleTank sound for a truly mind blowing assortment of creative sound design possibilities.
On top of that, the internal multi-effects selection now contains 55 high-quality effects with 22 brand-new effects derived from the best analog-modeled algorithms and convolution technology found in AmpliTube and TRackS plus brand new effects developed just for SampleTank 3. With the new additions, SampleTank 3 is the only virtual instrument that gives you a world of sound plus IK Multimedia's legendary outboard processors, instrument-specific studio effects and hard-to-find analog vintage effects. And it's all in the same easy to use workstation. SampleTank 3 lets you add powerful vintage-modeled effects from AmpliTube like the classics Chorus1, UniV and TapeEcho to your keyboard and bass samples. Try AmpliTube's exquisitely modeled rotary speaker on your organ tones. Punch up your drums with T-RackS outboard processors like the Black 76, White 2A and Model 670. And make your grand pianos sparkle with the all-new soundboard resonance, piano lid control and convolution-based reverb.
The live workstation
For years, SampleTank has been the workstation of choice for live performance on stage with laptop. Now, SampleTank 3 is an even better choice thanks to its new live feature. Now you can organize your set lists and song sounds within SampleTank 3 for instant recall with direct on-screen selection or MIDI Program Changes. SampleTank features an innovative memory management system so you can pre-load sounds into RAM according to your gig set list.
What's New in Version 3.5
Featuring 11 brand new sound libraries, Custom Shop integration and user requested features
12 new sound collections split between the betaking instruments and patterns "Beats Series” and loop construction-kits, genre-specific "Elektronika Series”
SampleTank 3 Custom Shop: Browse, preview, download and purchase all your favorite IK gear seamlessly
Favorites system: Star and store your most used instruments for easy recall
Improved interface: Browse and open instruments with your computer keyboard
Improved organization: Instrument libraries are displayed through easily viewed graphic banners
What's new in Version 3.3
The new 3.3 version turns SampleTank 3 into a great tool for beat and groove makers via its new plug-and-play compatibility with iRig Pads, IK's ultra-portable MIDI groove controller. Its new "Pad" interface lets musicians quickly organize SampleTank 3's 16 parts in a new matrix view quickly and efficiently for use with iRig Pads or any other 4x4 pad controller. In addition, users will now be able to enjoy broader MIDI support, streamlined loop management and more. The latest version also comes with "The Grid", the first add-on sound collection for SampleTank 3. A must have for beat makers and electronic music producers, it features 50 instruments and patterns that cover everything from hip-hop to dubstep to techno and beyond.
Grooves to go
The game changing feature included in SampleTank v3.3 is its plug-and-play support for iRig Pads, IK's full-featured, ultra-portable MIDI pad controller for iOS, Mac and PC. A natural fit, iRig Pads' 16 fully customizable velocity sensitive backlit rubber pads provide users with a tactile "out-of-the-box" musical experience that streamlines the SampleTank 3 workflow. Now users can browse, select and play instruments, manipulate patterns, control SampleTank 3's "Global Play" functions and more without having to click a mouse.
SampleTank 3’s new "Pad" interface provides a seamless integration with iRig Pads and other pad-based MIDI controllers, allowing for a new highly creative hands-on way to control its 16 parts. When using this interface, each individual SampleTank 3 part can be mirrored on a pad. Users can launch samples, loops and patterns while controlling other essential parameters like quantization, volume and note transposition - everything is integrated seamlessly for an experience that's both powerful and easy to use.
Get on The Grid
The reason SampleTank has remained a staple in top-tier music studios around the world is due to the depth of its sound and instrument library. Version 3.3 lets users go further then ever before thanks to The Grid, the first add-on sound collection for SampleTank 3. Created with iRig Pads in mind, it lets beatmakers and electronic music producers get creative with 50 instruments and 50 patterns in two categories: DRUMS and LOOPS & HITS. Both contain one-shots, loops and other tools designed to help producers, performers and other musicians create beats in every genre from EDM to dubstep, house to techno, hip-hop to electro and beyond.
iRig Pads users can register their controller to receive The Grid at no cost.
16 part multitimbral sound module with layerable parts
3 synth engines: newly enhanced STRETCH™ and Pitch-Shift/Time-Stretch (PS/TS) plus traditional Resampling
Powerful Multi-Effects section that includes 5 effects per Part, 5 Send and 5 Master effects
33 built-in DSP effects
Part and Master Loop Sync
Independent Part and Master Volume/Pan controls
Works as a standalone application as well as a plug-in in Mac OS (Universal Binary), and Windows (XP/Vista)
Supported plug-in formats: VST, RTAS, and AU
Imports WAV, AIFF, SDII, AKAI S-1000/3000 and SAMPLECELL instruments directly from the plug-in
What's New in SampleTank 3.3:
Full integration with iRig Pads, IK's new MIDI groove controller
New Pad interface lets you launch patterns, loops or single notes seamlessly from iRig Pads or any MIDI controller
MIDI Remote Settings allows use of an external MIDI controller to browse instruments and patterns, trigger Global Play and more
Additional sound library, “The Grid,” available free for all registered users of iRig Pads and via the IK Online Store
Improved Loop Instrument and MIDI Pattern management: Individual audio loops are listed under the Pattern tab. Assigned MIDI Patterns for each Part now appear below the list of audio loops
SampleTank is a 64-bit Plug-in and requires a 64 bit CPU and Operating System.
Minimal: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo, 4 GB of RAM (8 GB suggested), Mac OS X 10.7 or later. 34 GB of hard drive space.