In addition to the new audio interface and speakers, IK Multimedia also presented SampleTank 4 at the NAMM. The new version comes with many new features (huge amount of effects known already from Syntronik, new engine, etc.), over 200 GB of new material (orchestral, piano, synths…) as well as an interface that goes the same direction as Syntronik.
The whole thing looks very tidy and good now. Unfortunately, SampleTank is still not a sampler in V4, but an advanced rompler where you can not import own samples. Many have wished the function, but will probably never come. As IK Multimedia told me, this is not the idea behind SampleTank. Nonetheless, SampleTank 4 looks great from the interface, has a massive library and looking forward to checking it out!
News December 13, 2018
It’s more than a month until the next NAMM show but the first manufacturer already has the first news. IK Multimedia has announced SampleTank 4, a major upgrade of its popular virtual instrument plugin. SampleTank 4 features a new sound engine with efficient hard-disk streaming and new sound design/editing possibilities.
It comes with up to 200GB of new sound content, dynamic groove “players” (arpeggiator, strummer, pattern, loop player), 13 new effects, a new intuitive Mix windows and an improved Live Mode. A nice upgrade in my opinion that brings many new possibilities to this virtual instrument.
It All Starts With Sound – The Expanded Library
Dig Deeper – A Completely Re-Designed Application
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.
Animate Sounds – Innovative New Dynamic “Groove Players”
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.
Mix Faster Than Ever
A powerful new Mix window has been added to adjust volume, panning, mute, solo and routing for all 16 tracks simultaneously. It also offers four effects sends and a master bus, with slots for five effects for advanced routing and mixing. New console channel strips give mixes the sound of legendary studio consoles for truly professional results, all within a single plug-in. Convenient access to all effects parameters in-interface allows an entire track to be mixed efficiently in a single window.
The Best Effects Get Even Better
More Hands-On Control With iRig Keys I/O
SampleTank 4 now includes seamless integration with IK’s iRig Keys I/O controllers. Users can browse and load sounds, control macros and transport, trigger loops, launch live setups and more directly from iRig Keys I/O, for an entire production set up that’s plug-n-play. Fully MIDI controllable, SampleTank 4 also works with any other standard MIDI controller, be it keyboard or pad.
From The Studio To The Stage
SampleTank 4 makes it easier than ever to hit the stage. A unique, re-designed Live mode offers fingertip-ready controls for live performance and lets users build an entire set list and create song presets. Program change messages can also be assigned to each preset, for switching directly from a controller while performing.
Price & 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. 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.
SampleTank 4 will ship early 2019.
More information here: IK Multimedia
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