IK Multimedia has announced SampleTank 3 – an updated version of their software sound module.
According to the company, SampleTank 3 has been rebuilt ‘from the ground up’, offering 33 GB of sounds, over 4,000 instruments, over 2,000 MIDI files and 2,500 loops. Continue reading
The latest in Retronyms series of video teasers for the upcoming Akai iMPC Pro music production center for iPad takes a look at their approach to making precision editing adjustments. Continue reading
In this video, TheDaydreamSound shares his impressions of the Akai S950 - a vintage sampler from 1988.
Nord has announced a major addition to the Nord Sample Library, the sounds of the legendary Fairlight digital sampler.
The Fairlight was the first commercially available polyphonic sampler when launched back in 1979 and it opened up the doors of sampling to many artists and producer during the 80′s. Continue reading
Developer Erik Sigth has released Elsa – a retro-style sampling app for iOS (Universal) with tempo based looping.
Elsa lets you record, save, load & reverse samples. You can play it with a multi octave on-screen keyboard or plug in a core MIDI device of choice, soft- or hardware.
Elsa comes with three built in effects, a reverb, a resonant low pass filter and a frequency/bit crush. Samples are looped in three different modes, one off, forward and/or forward-reverse. The start and end of playback also comes in three modes, one set of start and stop for all, one set per note and/or one set per octave, allowing for many different types of samples. Additionally at playback time, sample length can also be controlled by a set of sample dividers, 1-8.
Here’s a video demo: Continue reading
At Musikmesse 2014, Bastl Instruments introduced the microGranny 2.0 – a monophonic granular sampler.
The microGranny 2.0 reads wav samples from microSD card and applies granular algorithms to them. You can also adjust start, end, sample rate (tuned or free run), crush and envelope (attack release).
MIDI Input allows external control of all parameters as well as transposition of the samples, or playing individual grains by different keys.
Here’s a video demo of the microGranny 2 in action: Continue reading
Musikmesse 2014: Akai Professional has introduced the MPX16, an advanced sample player with onboard sound recording. Samples are saved to an SD card, and can be played back using either the unit’s MPC-style pads or via external MIDI device, via USB-MIDI and 3.5mm (1/4-inch) MIDI inputs.
Samples are captured at CD-quality, via dual 6.3mm (1/4-inch) inputs or the on-board stereo microphone. The user may assign audio clips to the pads and apply tuning, filters, envelopes and ‘choke’ grouping for creative, dynamic performances.
An LCD screen and illuminated trigger pads provide visual feedback during use, and the MPX16 may be powered from a USB port or the included power supply. You can load existing sound files onto an SD card or use the MPX16 as an SD card reader for drag-and-drop convenience on a Mac or PC. Continue reading
2014 NAMM Show: Alesis today introduced the Sample Rack – a rackmount percussion module that lets you use onboard sounds or load your own sounds.
Here are the details: Continue reading