SampleTron 2 For iPad Now Available

IK Multimedia has released SampleTron 2 for iPad, a new version of their virtual instrument that goes beyond emulating the Mellotron and other early sample-playback keyboards by letting you create ‘new vintage’ sounds, based on your own samples.

Sampletron 2 for Mac & Windows was released earlier this year. IK says that SampleTron 2 for iPad is ready for iOS 15 and compatible with all iPad model sizes and AU Host apps.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“SampleTron 2 for iPad comes with a vast library of over 400 “tracks” that can be loaded into any preset—up to 3 at once—and then individually processed with IK’s cutting-edge tape modeling DSP for ultimate tone-shaping flexibility.

While an extensive collection of new, original samples of vintage Mellotron and Chamberlin are included, SampleTron 2 for iPad also shines where it processes non-Tron material. Here users will gain access to exciting new sounds with the choir, strings, brass, organ, piano, bass, and even synths and vocoders that all come included.

Also included are vintage digital sample-based instruments such as the Mattel Optigan, Vako Orchestron and 360 Systems Digital Keyboard for more creative options than any other Tron collection. In addition, users will find the full content of the much-revered original IK SampleTron product.”


  • 2.5GB virtual instrument collection of sought-after vintage and tape-based samplers
  • Over 400 tracks sampled from vintage Mellotrons, Chamberlins, Optigans and more
  • Each preset can load 3 tracks to split, layer and solo from over 400 available
  • Features 11 modern non-Tron and vintage digital sample-based instruments
  • Import Sample function creates user Tron sounds with IK’s tape modeling DSP
  • Includes the full content of IK’s original SampleTron updated for legacy users
  • 11 selectable effects with Channel Strip, Tape Echo, Multimod and new Vintage Plate
  • Assignable MIDI continuous controllers for use with external controllers
  • Works as an AUv3 instrument plug-in and as a standalone app

Pricing and Availability

SampleTron 2 for iPad is now available now with an intro price of $69.99 USD (normally $99.99).

7 thoughts on “SampleTron 2 For iPad Now Available

  1. wanted to hear the sound if this but all i heard was ‘American Narrator’ with crinchy bombastic orchestral backdrop. Not unlike an early 90s never ending TV sales commercial

  2. I was already winding up to ask, “With several fairly complete tron sims already available on iOS, what possessed IK to make ‘yet-another-tron-sim’ (YATS)”?

    … but then I read: “letting you create ‘new vintage’ sounds, based on your own samples.”

    A bit on the higher end of the price range for iOS, but it looks like a big library– and a pretty significant effort.

    These re-creations of tape-based machines– particularly the ones with performed rhythmic loops are a weird window into the past. Perhaps layering these decidedly hokey or cheesy loops into a more modern/experimental context can make for a cool vibe.

    1. The price reflects that this is a pro-level instrument and this is a trend we’re going to see more of.

      iPads now have essentially the same CPUs as Macs and can run professional level software. So we’re going to see more professional tools created for iPad or, like this, ported over to iPad.

      An app like this makes sense to me if you want to use your iPad as a hardware synth module. Then for $60 you’ve got a touchscreen Mellotron that’s more powerful than any hardware Mellotron. This seems like a better solution for live situations or ‘dawless’ jamming than a desktop computer.

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