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IK Multimedia SampleTank
IK Multimedia SampleTank

The ultimate sound and groove workstation. Includes over 100 GB of samples and 6,000 sounds.

U.S. & Canada sales only.

SampleTank 4 will take you wherever you want to go, with inspiring new sounds, powerful sound design features, advanced groove creation, and tour-ready stage optimization.

Inspiring your musical journeys. One sound at a time.

The new SampleTank 4 has been re-designed from the ground up to be every musician’s “go-to” workstation for music creation, with a completely new rescalable interface, a massively expanded sample library, and a new cutting-edge sound engine with efficient disk streaming, to deliver more powerful music creation tools than you ever imagined. What might usually take dozens of plug-ins can be accomplished right inside SampleTank 4, for a lightning-fast workflow that keeps your inspiration going.

Find any type of sound fast and tailor them to your needs with the new deep, powerful editing options and a new modulation matrix. New dynamic “groove players” – an arpeggiator, strummer, and pattern and loop players – turn your sounds into songs faster than ever.

Plus a new live mode makes SampleTank 4 the perfect performance partner, with the ability to create entire set lists and easily map every parameter just how you need it.

Inspiring new sounds, powerful sound design features, advanced groove creation and tour-ready stage optimization. SampleTank 4 will take you wherever you want to go.

Sample Tank Versions

  • SampleTank 4 – The ultimate sound and groove workstation. Includes over 100 GB of samples and 6,000 sounds.
  • SampleTank 4 MAX – The complete sound and groove workstation. Includes over 250 GB of samples and 8,000 sounds. Learn more

Sample Tank 4

Find any type of sound fast and tailor them to your needs with the new deep, powerful editing options and a new modulation matrix. New dynamic “groove players” – an arpeggiator, strummer, and pattern and loop players – turn your sounds into songs faster than ever.

Plus a new live mode makes SampleTank 4 the perfect performance partner, with the ability to create entire set lists and easily map every parameter just how you need it.

Inspiring new sounds, powerful sound design features, advanced groove creation and tour-ready stage optimization. SampleTank 4 will take you wherever you want to go.

It all starts with sound

Your “go to” virtual instrument is the one you open first; the one you trust to give you the sounds you need to get started or get the job done. SampleTank 4 now offers a massive sound library, with over 260 GB and 8,000 instrument presets carefully balanced across the widest range of styles, genres and sounds.

SampleTank 4’s new library is the product of dozens of carefully conducted recording sessions in multiple cities across Europe and the United States as well as in our new, custom-built recording facility in Modena, Italy.

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What’s new in SampleTank 4 Sound Library 1.5

  • New Pedal Steel Guitar instrument**
  • Added All-articulation key-switch instruments for Strings***

** For SampleTank 4 and SampleTank 4 MAX users.
*** For SampleTank 4 MAX users.

This new library offers up to 200 GB of brand new content including exclusive high-quality recordings of concert piano, keyboards, guitars, bass, drums, strings, brass, synths, vocals, percussion and more; over 90,000 new samples in total, all with articulations and round-robins. Thanks to SampleTank 4’s new efficient disk-streaming engine, these sounds all load faster than ever and perform like never before.

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SampleTank 4’s fully redesigned sound Browser allows you to surf among the thousands of included sounds, and filter them by timbre, style, genre, mood, and more, to narrow down the exact sound fast or inspire your creativity with unexpected options. Detailed descriptions of each sound, effects and macro provide all the information you need at a glance, letting you focus on your music. SampleTank 4 makes finding or discovering sounds so effortless you’ll find yourself reaching for it every time.

Dig Deeper

SampleTank 4 is now capable of so much more when it comes to creative sound design.

Working with multiple sounds is a breeze with the new dedicated Layer interface that lets you set up layers and splitting points faster than ever.

Opening the “Edit” panel of the Play window reveals the real power of SampleTank 4’s completely re-designed new sound engine, letting you dig into even the smallest detail.

Choose from 16 filters, edit envelopes, oscillators, portamento, polyphony, and more. The options are endless.

Choose from 4 sample engines, including IK’s award-winning STRETCH, to find the right algorithm for your sounds.

Edit each element of a sound, from the sustain of a violin to the kick of a drum kit, with different settings for each.

SampleTank 4’s new modulation matrix gives you complete control over the organic complexity of your sounds. Easily link modulation sources like envelopes, LFOs, oscillators, and even individual instrument element. Your creativity is the only limit to designing even the most intricate soundscapes.

Whether you’re looking to surgically craft a sound or just make an instrument sit better in your mix, SampleTank 4 gives you the controls to make it happen without opening another plug-in.

Animate your sound

SampleTank 4 turns presets into performances with 4 new “Player” sections: the Arpeggiator, Strummer, Phraser and Loop Manager.

  • The Arpeggiator offers fresh ways to create patterns. Draw in up to 16-note patterns, set velocity, length, swing and more.
  • The Strummer lets you set chords, position, direction, and more, and then intelligently creates your accompaniment.
  • Use the Phraser pattern player to browse over 4,000 MIDI patterns and map them to keys fast. Adjust intensity, humanize and swing for infinite variations.
  • The Loop Manager boasts over 7,500 loops available between loop instruments. Pitch, grain, and time controls keeps things fresh.

These 4 powerful new Players make SampleTank 4 one of the most powerful groove creation workstations ever.

Mix faster than ever

SampleTank has always made it easy to layer and mix sounds, and the new Parts interface streamlines this process even more, with visual indications of each sound loaded, and instant access to volume, pan, mute, and solo controls.

  • Each track in the mixer gives you access to panning, volume, mute, solo, and routing, so you never have to leave the window.
  • Each track also includes instant in-window access to all 5 effects slots, so you can adjust effects on the fly.
  • The Mix window offers 4 effects sends and master bus, all with space for 5 effects, for professional routing & mixing.
  • SampleTank 4 also adds console channel strips, letting you mix with the sound of legendary studio consoles from all eras.

Mixing is faster and more powerful, with in-interface access to all onboard effects. You can mix an entire track in one window, keeping you focused on the music and not menu-diving.

The best effects get even better

SampleTank 4 adds 13 new effects for a grand total of 70. You’ve never heard effects like these in a virtual instrument – they’re all derived from our industry-leading AmpliTube and T-RackS software.

From unbelievably realistic tube saturation to classic analog pedal effects, professional studio processors to creative effects, you can shape your sound with the same effects heard on countless hit records and film scores.

SampleTank 4 also adds a new effects modulation matrix, giving you more ways to modulate and shape your sound than ever before. Map any parameter of the effects to the source of your choice, adjust curves and levels, and more.

Hands-on control

SampleTank 4 also adds to its full MIDI control a new seamless integration with IK’s iRig Keys I/O controllers. You can browse and load sounds from the DATA knob, control any of the 8 macros instantly from the touch-sensitive encoders, control the transport and even trigger loops or browse drum samples, or launch live-set ups directly from the integrated pad controllers.

With SampleTank 4 and iRig Keys I/O, you have an entire production system that’s totally plug-n-play.

From the studio to the stage

A great song deserves to be performed, so SampleTank 4 makes this easier than ever to hit the stage. A unique, re-designed Live mode lets you build an entire set list and gives you the controls you need right at your fingertips for your live performances.

SampleTank 4’s Live mode lets you focus on the performance, not your software.

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Each song can have its own pre-set tempo, letting you use loops & grooves without needing to adjust settings between songs. And each sound has its own volume control, so you can turn up for your solo without needing to do a thing on stage. Quickly build a set list, and assign program change messages to each sound so you can switch directly from your controller.


  • Works as a multi-platform plug-in and as a Standalone application
  • Content structured in Instruments, Multis and MIDI Patterns
  • Fully compatible with macOS and Windows
  • Supported plug-in formats: AAX, VST 2, VST 3, and Audio Units
  • 16 part multitimbral
  • 16 individual stereo outputs
  • Info view with specific information and 3D icon for each instrument
  • Mix view and full mix parameters control
  • Live mode for instantaneous sounds loading, organized in set lists and songs
  • Expandable instrument library
  • Pad interface lets you launch patterns, loops or single notes seamlessly from iRig Keys I/O or any MIDI controller
  • 70 studio quality effects
  • Layers allow for creating splits and layers
  • Edit view for in depth editing of all synth engine parameters, independently for all the elements or articulations that are included in the instrument
  • Custom modulation for synth engine and effects parameters
  • Advanced instrument browsing with convenient search function
  • BPM syncable time-based effects, audio loop instruments and LFOs
  • Four play modes including mono legato with portamento
  • Zone switch allows to edit individual key-zones for the selected sound element or articulation
  • Multi Articulation and Key Switch instrument control
  • Easy to use assignable MIDI control to any parameter with MIDI Learn
  • Compatible with all previous “Powered by SampleTank” sound modules and sounds (can import all previous sounds and Combis)
  • Import feature allows users to import .wav and .aiff samples

3 Synth Engines

  • Pitch-Shift/Time-Stretch
  • Resampling

Effects list

  • Amps: American Vintage, British Tube Lead 2, Cabinet, Flexi, Jazz Amp 120, Modern Tube Lead, Preamp, SVT Classic, Tone Control
  • Distortion: Crusher, Distortion, Lo-Fi, Overdrive, Overscream, Phonograph, Sat-X
  • Dynamics/EQ: Channel Strip, Compressor, Black 76, British Channel, Bus Comp, EQ-81, EQ Comp, EQ-PG, Limiter, Model 670, Parametric EQ, Vintage EQ-1A, White 2A
  • Modulation: AM Modulation, AutoPan, Chorus, Chorus C1, Electric Flanger, FM Modulator, Ensemble, Env Flanger, Flanger, Multi Chorus, Opto Tremolo, Phaser, Rotary, Slicer, Small Phazer, Tremolo, Uni-V
  • Reverb/Delay: Ambience, ConvoRoom, Digital Delay, Reverb, Reverb Delay, Inverse Reverb, Room Reverb, Spring Reverb, Stereo Imager, Tape Echo Hall Reverb, Plate Reverb
  • Filter: Acoustic Resonance, Filter-C, Filter Formant, Filter-M, Filter-O, Filter Phaser, Filter-R, Env Filter, LFO Filter, Piano Lid, MultiFilter, Wah 47h

3 Play Modes

  • Poly
  • Mono
  • Mono Legato

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SampleTank is a 64-bit application. Requires a 64 bit CPU and Operating System.

Mac® (64-bits)

Minimal: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo (Intel Core i5 suggested), 4 GB of RAM (8 GB suggested), macOS 10.10 or later. 40 GB (SampleTank 4 SE), 128 GB (SampleTank 4), 300 GB (SampleTank 4 MAX) of hard drive space.
Requires an OpenGL 2 compatible graphics adapter.
Supported Plug-in formats (64-bit): Audio Units, VST 2, VST 3, AAX.

Windows® (64-bits)

Minimal: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 (Intel Core i5 suggested), 4 GB of RAM (8 GB suggested), Windows® 7 or later. 40 GB (SampleTank 4 SE), 128 GB (SampleTank 4), 300 GB (SampleTank 4 MAX) of hard drive space.
Requires an ASIO compatible sound card.
Requires an OpenGL 2 compatible graphics adapter.
Supported Plug-in formats (64-bit): VST 2, VST 3, AAX.

What’s new in SampleTank 4.1.4

  • New Vintage Plate effect
  • Internal support for SampleTron 2 tape effects
  • General reliability improvements

What’s new in SampleTank v4.0.9

  • Compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina
  • Sorting function to rearrange the Library column
  • View Libraries as text option
  • Filter Library view by authorized sounds only
  • Faster sound content rescan time

What’s new in SampleTank v4.0.8

  • Fixed a potential crash when loading Arpeggio instruments/multis with disabled playback
  • Fixed an issue with Live Mode not recalling all settings in DAW projects
  • Fixed an issue with some London Grooves instruments not affected by Loop Manager
  • Fixed a potential issue with macro names overlapping each other
  • Fixed an issue on macOS 10.10 and Live 9 that led to a crash when automating Envelopes
  • Optimized instrument retrigger when changing tempo in Loop Manager
  • Optimized Phraser pattern playback and performance
  • Optimized Strummer Chords and Pattern playback and performance
  • Optimized Virtual Pads GUI to refresh properly with note on/off values on Windows
  • Live Mode: Made it easier to input Program Change values
  • Phraser: Patterns can be freely moved and reassigned to any note
  • Added scrolling to view long directory paths in the Sound Content settings
  • BPM-Synched LFO Rates now display fraction values in Edit page

What’s new in 4.0.6

  • Added new Pedal Steel Guitar Instrument (available for MAX and Standard only)
  • Fixed missing Record option in Strummer
  • Fixed SampleTank 3 instruments recalling as corrupt files
  • Fixed an issue with overlapping MIDI notes not always triggering in a DAW
  • Fixed SampleTank 4 drums not loading completely on macOS 10.10.5
  • Transpose in Strummer resets note properly now
  • A Sound Library Update 1.5 is available. This adds a new set of String instruments with key-switchable articulations (MAX only) and improves loading times of Guitar instruments.

What’s new in 4.0.4

  • Optimized RAM / Virtual Memory Usage.
  • Fixed several crash issues on Studio One.
  • Fixed a crash when playing notes after loading several large-sized Instruments.
  • Fixed a UI issue in FL Studio Mac when removing SampleTank 4 from a project.
  • Fixed a crash when loading instruments with corrupt sample (.pak) files.
  • Fixed Multis (combis from SampleTank 2 imported via SampleTank 3), not loading Instruments.
  • Fixed SampleTank 3 Instruments with Stretch Engine which caused glitchy audio on upper note ranges.
  • Fixed SampleTank 3 Edit Panel not applying PSTS/Stretch engine on all selected zones.
  • Fixed London Grooves Instruments crash.
  • Fixed corrupted Instruments switching between Resample and Resynth engine.
  • Fixed a sporadic crash when playing Arpeggios.
  • Fixed an issue with onscreen Pitch Bend not matching set values on Edit Panel.
  • Fixed concurrent Preanalysis tasks resulting in parts muting.
  • Fixed significant volume difference in SampleTank 3 and SampleTank 4 Instruments Accordion LH Mellow and Accordion Musette.
  • Fixed a feedback loop caused by Compressor.
  • Fixed trigger behavior playing with Strummer.
  • Added scrollbar to Mod Matrix.
  • Added scrollbar to Mixer page.
  • Added Instrument size in the Browser INFO panel.
  • Updated Authorization Manager version 1.0.24.

What’s new in Version 3.7

  • Seamlessly load Syntronik individual sounds or 4-part layers and splits with arpeggiators
  • New effects available: Channel Strip and Ensemble Chorus
  • 6 new analog modeled filter types: C-Type low pass, R-Type low pass, O-Type low pass, high pass, band pass and notch

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 4×4 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 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 gridThe 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 than 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.

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