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IK Multimedia SampleTron

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IK Multimedia SampleTron
  
IK Multimedia SampleTron

Analog tape-based sampling reborn

SampleTron 2 combines the powerful sound engine of IK’s award-winning SampleTank 4 with their industry-leading tape modeling technology to recreate the distinctive, ultra-vibey sounds of tape-based samplers from the ‘60s and ‘70s along with quirky early digital sample players and vocoders.

This comprehensive collection features deep sampling of vintage Mellotron® and Chamberlin tapes, a collection of new acoustic “non-Tron” sounds with tape processing, and now enables you to load your own samples and create modern audiophile Tron sounds that are uniquely yours.

SampleTron 2 overview

  • 8GB virtual instrument collection of sought-after vintage and tape-based samplers
  • Over 400 tracks sampled from vintage Mellotrons, Chamberlins, Optigans and other rare pieces
  • Each preset can load three tracks to split, layer and solo from over 400 available
  • Features a collection of modern non-Tron and vintage digital sample-based instruments
  • Includes the full content of IK’s original SampleTron updated for legacy users
  • Sample loading function creates user Tron sounds with IK’s tape modeling DSP
  • Superb rack effects include Channel Strip, Tape Echo, Multimod and new Vintage Plate
  • Standalone operation or SampleTron 2 can be played as a library inside SampleTank 4

 

From gothic to gritty

SampleTron 2 comes with over 400 “tracks” you can load into any preset—up to 3 at once—and then individually process with IK’s cutting-edge tape modeling DSP. While an extensive collection of new, original samples of vintage Mellotron and Chamberlin are included, SampleTron 2 also shines with new non-Tron material. Here you’ll gain access to exciting new sounds with the choir, strings, brass, organ, piano, bass, and even synths and vocoders.

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Authentic sound and vibe

In addition to sounding better than ever, SampleTron 2 looks the part with a gorgeous interface that’s true to the original instruments, remaining simple and intuitive to use. All ten models are gloriously detailed to give you the immersive experience of using actual vintage gear.

Make it your Tron

All controls are intuitive to use with old-school looks that belie some ground-breaking engineering. Like the original Mellotron hardware, there are three available tracks for each preset. Only now you don’t have to fudge the track selector to combine them. You can load any of the included tracks or your own samples with total control for mixing between all three to create your own combinations. A panel of global controls along with six tape controls let you dial in exactly the mood you’re looking for, with the precision and authenticity that only IK’s tape-modeling technology can deliver.

ik sampletron toolsAll the tools you need

When you want to fine-tune the sound further, SampleTron 2’s edit mode lets you dive deep into the preset parameters with controls for volume, pan, fine tune, transpose and high and low note range for each Track. You’ll also find additional synthesizer-style controls including a filter with selectable type and an amplitude envelope with velocity control for each track individually or all tracks combined. With SampleTron 2, you can truly invent your own Tron sound.

 

ik sampletron effectsEffects like no other

SampleTron 2 includes a powerful set of effects to give each performance exactly the depth and dimension your music needs. Effects include a Channel Strip equalizer and compressor, Tape Echo, Multimod—with selectable chorus, ensemble, flanger, phaser, Uni-V and Rotary Speaker—and the new Vintage Plate Reverb that’s based on the Plate algorithm developed for AmpliTube 5 and MixBox. These are great-sounding effects that leverage IK’s expertise in the field, and we’ve chosen the ones that complement SampleTron 2 perfectly.

 

 

Expansive versatility

SampleTron 2 works as a standalone app or as a plug-in, and it can also be used as a library in SampleTank 4* to expand its world of sounds. There you can make deeper edits, add more effects and play multiple instances of the 3-track SampleTron 2 presets on multiple MIDI channels, all with the convenience and processing power of our popular song and groove workstation.

* Requires SampleTank 4.1.4 or later.

And in the end

Experience what inspired bands like The Beatles, Moody Blues, Genesis, Yes and other greats to record their most memorable music. Pick up SampleTron 2 and see where it takes you and your music.

Specs

  • Deep multi-sampled collection of 10 classic tape-based and early digital samplers
  • Additional collection of modern acoustic instruments to use with tape processing
  • Includes complete legacy library from SampleTron 1
  • State-of-the-art analog tape modeling based on T-RackS Tape Collection technology
  • Easily import user samples and apply tape modeling processing
  • Mix and match sounds from all models and user samples in 3 tracks for layers and splits
  • 6 instrument-specific top-quality effects derived from AmpliTube, T-RackS and Syntronik
  • Analog modeled synthesizer filters from Syntronik for additional coloration
  • Browser search by category or model to find sounds in seconds
  • Optimized resizable interface
  • Load SampleTron 2 sounds into SampleTank 4.1.4 (or later) for more expandability
  • Works as a 64-bit plug-in or standalone instrument for Mac/PC

System Requirements

SampleTron 2 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. 10 GB 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. 10 GB 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.