IK Multimedia’s classic sample player platform, SampleTank is getting a major update in January. Whether you’re already a Sampletank user or not, it looks like IK Multimedia has something interesting in store for you.
SampleTank 4 offers a massively expanded sample library (up to 8,000 sounds across 250 GB of samples) and a completely redesigned, scalable/zoomable interface (hear that, Kontakt developers?). A new cutting-edge sound engine offers efficient hard-disk streaming and advanced sound design/editing possibilities.
The library and sound engine are complemented by innovative dynamic groove “players” (arpeggiator, strummer, pattern and loop player), 13 new effects (for a total of 70), a powerful new Mix window, a unique Live mode and powerful integration with IK’s iRig Keys I/O line.
Three versions are available: SampleTank 4 SE; SampleTank 4; and SampleTank 4 MAX.
Let’s see what the company has to say about their new SampleTank 4…
The Expanded Library
SampleTank 4 offers a massive library of sounds and grooves, with up to 250 GB and 8,000 instrument presets carefully balanced across a wide range of styles, genres and sounds.
It contains over 200 GB of new material assembled from dozens of high-quality recording sessions in cities across the U.S. and Europe, including IK’s new custom-built studio in Italy. The new library features high-end recordings of all-new concert pianos, keyboards, guitars, bass, drums, strings, brass, synths, vocals, percussion and more, all with articulations and round robins for the most realistic performance yet, with over 120,000 samples added.
A new stereo grand piano offers multiple microphone sets and carefully blended room mics, to rival the best dedicated piano virtual instruments. A new collection of the most famous electric pianos, organs and keyboards covers everything from classic R&B to modern indie pop. And a massive set of new synthesizer sounds, using modern hardware instruments, offers a fresh companion to more vintage sounds.
New modern string and brass sections, with multiple musical articulations and deep round robin sampling, were designed to contrast with orchestral sounds rivaling dedicated symphonic libraries.
New acoustic and electronic drum kits and loops cover the latest beats straight from the top charts around the world. A timeless library of mallet and chromatic instruments gives tracks vivid melodic percussion with smooth clarity and harmonic brilliance.
New basses and guitars offer stunning detail, designed specifically for use with IK’s industry-leading amp modelling effects.
A unique pop choir sound set offers an alternative to typical orchestral choirs, delivering new feel and soul to any recording.
Additionally, thanks to SampleTank 4’s new efficient disk-streaming engine, larger sounds are not limited anymore to RAM size and load faster than ever to perform like never before.
A Modern Interface
SampleTank 4 offers a completely redesigned, fully scalable/zoomable interface that re-sizes conveniently on any type of modern displays. All the interfaces have been redesigned from the ground-up to maintain the ease of use that’s been a staple for SampleTank, for a minimal learning curve and fast workflow that suits the needs of today’s modern producers.
The re-designed Sound Browser lets users browse, filter and search by style, genre and mood to find inspiring sounds quickly. Working with multiple sounds has also been made easier with a new dedicated Layer interface that enables the setting up of layers and split-points for up to 16 simultaneous sounds.
Editing is more powerful, too. Choose from 16 modelled filters, edit envelopes, oscillators, portamento, polyphony and more. Users can edit an entire sound or access individual articulations, zones, or single samples, for the deepest level of control. A new, cutting-edge modulation matrix allows for linking sources like envelopes, LFOs and oscillators to almost any control, for designing intricate soundscapes.
Presets can be turned into performances more quickly with four new dynamic “groove players” – an Arpeggiator, Strummer, Phraser and Loop Manager. The Arpeggiator offers a massive range of presets with an option to draw in patterns, set velocity, length, swing and more. The Strummer lets users choose chords, position, direction and more, and then intelligently creates an accompaniment. The Phraser pattern player enables quick browsing and mapping of over 4,000 MIDI patterns. The Loop Manager offers over 7,500 loops that can be mapped to keys and triggered, with controls for pitch, grain and time.
Sampletank 4 offers also a new Mix window, with studio console-inspired channel strips, a bigger effect section (with 13 new effects) and a re-designed Live mode for easier performances on stage.
Price and availability
SampleTank 4 will ship in early 2019, and is available for pre-order from the IK Multimedia online store or from select IK dealers now. Through the end of 2018, IK is offering a special pre-order discount that lets users of any IK product that retails for $/€99.99 and up purchase SampleTank 4 at upgrade pricing for an even further reduced price:
SampleTank 4 SE – An affordably-priced entry into the SampleTank line, offering 2,000 carefully chosen instruments for 30 GB of sounds. SRP $/€149.99* – special pre-order price $/€99.99
SampleTank 4 – Over 100 GB of sounds, including 70 GB of newly recorded material, for 6,000 sounds overall. SRP: $/€299.99* – special pre-order price $/€199.99 – upgrade for only $/€149.99
SampleTank 4 MAX – The largest sample library IK has ever produced, it offers over 250 GB, including 200 GB of all new sounds. That’s over 8,000 sounds in total. SRP $/€499.99 – special pre-order price $/€299.99 – upgrade for only $/€199.99
Any customer who purchases SampleTank 3 SE, SampleTank 3 or SampleTank MAX on or after November 13, 2018, will receive the equivalent version of SampleTank 4 for free at release.
Any customer who purchases or received any version of SampleTank 3 as part of a hardware or software bundle on or after November 13, 2018, will receive SampleTank 4 SE for free at release.