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IK Multimedia SampleTank 3 Workstation Plugin

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The ultimate sound and groove workstation

 

SampleTank 3 Standalone

What’s New

Sounds

Over 33 GB of included sounds
Over 4,000 new instruments with 21 instrument categories covering the entire span of acoustic, electric and electronic sounds
Over 2,500 drum, percussion and full construction-kit loops played by world-renowned artists
Over 2,000 MIDI files in all categories

 

Software

Completely redesigned interface with 3 main environments: Play, Mix and Edit that retain SampleTank’s legendary ease-of-use and fast operation
16 channel multi-part Play interface with easy layering and an integrated MIDI player and mixer
All-in-one sound Edit page with 3 sample engines (including formant preserving pitch-shifting and time-stretching engines), 10 filter types and 8 macro controls per instrument for quick multi-parameter editing
"Round robin" and multiple articulations that are triggerable via key switch, modulation wheel or velocity
Multi-channel mixer-like Mix interface with 5 insert effects per channel, 4 stereo effect returns (with 5 insert effects each) and a master channel with 5 insert effects that allow for up to 30 effects per instrument
55 high-quality integrated effects, including 22 new effects for mixing, mastering and more creative applications derived from IK’s studio-grade T-RackS and AmpliTube production software
New Live mode lets you organize sounds for setlist and song for instant recall during performance
Accurate 3D renderings of instruments for easy identification and recall
Available as standalone and 64-bit plug-in for AAX, VST and Audio Units platforms on Mac OS X and Windows
Compatible with all previous “Powered by SampleTank” sound modules and sounds (can import all previous sounds and Combis)

 

Play

 

SampleTank — the industry standard sound workstation that’s made history

 

ST3 inside DAW

In 2001, IK Multimedia made history with SampleTank, the first ever sample-based sound workstation for computer. That release was followed in 2003 by SampleTank 2, which has since become an industry standard with an unparalleled software longevity due to its high-quality sounds, easy-to-use interface and powerful included effects. Considering its versatility and power, it's no wonder that SampleTank has been featured on thousands of the most iconic productions and compositions of the last decade.

Now, over ten years in the making, SampleTank 3builds on this storied heritage. Like its predecessors, it's the most advanced sound workstation available on the market today with a whole new world of sounds, advanced playing and editing features and a full suite of studio-quality effects. SampleTank 3 builds on the features that have made it one of the most popular virtual instruments of all time making it an essential piece in the musical toolkit of any serious musician, studio producer or live performer for years to come.

 

A sound for every song, literally

What makes SampleTank 3 so powerful is its extraordinarily large sound library. SampleTank 3 now comes with over 33 gigabytes of professionally recorded instruments — that’s over 4,000 instruments in 21 instrument categories — far more than most other music workstations out-of-the-box. Plus, SampleTank 3 includes over 2,500 drum, percussion and full groove construction kit loops and over 2,000 MIDI patterns for its brand new MIDI player section.

Acoustic DrumsElectronic DrumsBassSynth BassAcoustic Guitar
Electric GuitarPianoElectric PianoOrganChromatic
StringsBrassWoodwindsSynth LeadSynth Pad
VoicesEthnicPercussionSound FXLoops

 

These sounds are far from ordinary; SampleTank 3's library has been carefully assembled and recorded by IK's experienced recording engineers with high-quality instruments played by professional musicians in some of the world's finest studios. Each instrument has been chosen and recorded to produce the rich depth and vivid realism of live playing. With SampleTank 3, you'll swear a musician is in the room with you — more importantly, though, is that SampleTank 3's powerful editing and effects features let you control every aspect of these sounds allowing for an unparalleled creative sonic experience.

 

 

Though SampleTank 3 features a massive quantity of quality content — with a variety that far surpasses similar workstations — its real forte is the quality of its sounds which accurately replicate all the qualities of your favorite instruments. Its pianos, drums, basses, guitars, synthesizers, brass, strings, vocals and other more exotic sounds shine brightly in any mix with little adjustment. And all this is available in an easy-to-use workstation that has a workflow that lets you get right into doing what you do best: making great sounding music.

 

 

That SampleTank 3 is "Made in Italy" ought to give you an idea of the dedicated craftsmanship and style at the heart of the program. It’s an extensive selection of samples that have been hand-crafted, one-by-one, after countless hours of passionate studio work by IK's master sound engineers — it's more than just a collection of sounds, it's an all-in-one solution and toolbox that can satisfy the needs of even the most demanding of music producers.

 

 

It doesn't matter what style of music you're into: Jazz, Rock, Pop, Funk, EDM, Hip-Hop, Dubstep, House—SampleTank 3 can do it all.

 

Edit

 

SampleTank’s secret weapon:
the engine

SampleTank has long been considered the undisputed king when it comes to resampling. Its 3 engines go beyond traditional resampling (which you can find in any sampler). It offers advanced pitch-shifting/time-stretching for loops and grooves. And its unique formant preserving STRETCH™ engine provides an unparalleled level of realism when dealing with vocals, woodwinds, brass, and other organic sounds. When used together these features allow for a virtually unlimited assortment of creative sample effect combinations.

Completely retooled and remade, SampleTank 3's new software engine has been greatly enhanced while maintaining its traditional quick sample load times and light CPU usage.

Experience enhanced playability with SampleTank 3's new "round robin" sample switching — it's there to lend an organic "live" feeling to your playing by cycling through different samples of the same instrument. Coupled with SampleTank 3's new multiple articulations — triggerable via key switch, modulation wheel or velocity — this provides maximum realism on highly expressive instruments like guitars, woodwinds, percussion, brass, and more. When used correctly these new features can make SampleTank 3's sound indistinguishable from the real thing.

SampleTank 3 now also includes 10 new types of filter effects, many of which are spot-on emulations of some of the most historically significant analog ladder and phaser filters.

SampleTank 3 also enhances your editing workflow by centralizing all control in one easy to use interface. Whatever your creative audio needs may be, SampleTank 3 delivers with stunning precision, accuracy and ease.

 

 

And if you are not particularly technologically minded (or an advanced producer), no problem! Now SampleTank 3 offers 8 macro control knobs for every sound. IK Multimedia's sound designers have already pre-programmed complex parameters chains so you have all the controls you need arranged in a way that lets you quickly and effortlessly create the sounds you need.

 

Play Patterns

 

Get in the groove

Now you can get your groove on with SampleTank 3’s new built-in MIDI engine. Use hundreds of grooves, patterns and loops to build killer rhythmic tracks that you can easily sync together — you can even export them to your DAW.

SampleTank 3's multi-part pattern player can hold up to 128 simultaneous MIDI patterns in each of its 16 parts. This allows for extensive control of intensity, transposition and quantization. SampleTank 3 lets you use the included ore-made patterns and loops to come up with complex and inspiring rhythmic textures and beats on the fly. These grooves are lifelike and highly professional, and that's because SampleTank 3's rhythm section has been recorded by some of the finest drummers and percussionists in the world. Now you can have great sounding, pro-quality grooves right from the start.

And when you want to further refine your patterns and use them in your sequencer, simply drag them to your DAW to use them from there.

 

An effects powerhouse

A large part of SampleTank's long-standing popularity has been its suite of built-in effects, a feature that owes a lot to IK Multimedia’s reputation for top-quality audio effects. SampleTank 3 continues this legacy with a significant amount of new features.

The heart of this is its new intuitive and realistic mixer-like interface. Presented like a traditional mixer, it offers 16 instrument channels that each feature 5 insert effect slots and 4 stereo effect returns plus a Master Channel with 5 effect slots. Using these effects can quickly be inserted, bypassed, previewed and edited without leaving the main mixer menu. This powerful effects routing system allows for up to 30 effects to be applied to a single SampleTank sound for a truly mind blowing assortment of creative sound design possibilities.

On top of that, the internal multi­-effects selection now contains 55 high-quality effects with 22 brand-new effects derived from the best analog-modeled algorithms and convolution technology found in AmpliTube and T­RackS plus brand new effects developed just for SampleTank 3.

 

22 New Effects

Tape Echo

Vintage EQ-1A

Plate Reverb

Hall Reverb

Model 670

Black 76

White 2A

Electric Flanger

Small Phazer

Overscream

Chorus C1

Opto Tremolo

Uni-V

American Vintage-T

British Tube-Lead-2

Modern Tube-Lead

SVT Classic

Jazz Amp 120

ConvoRoom

Stereo Imager

Acoustic Resonance

Piano Lid

 

With the new additions, SampleTank 3 is the only virtual instrument that gives you a world of sound plus IK Multimedia's legendary outboard processors, instrument-specific studio effects and hard-to-find analog vintage effects. And it's all in the same easy to use workstation. SampleTank 3 lets you add powerful vintage-modeled effects from AmpliTube like the classics Chorus1, UniV and TapeEcho to your keyboard and bass samples. Try AmpliTube's exquisitely modeled rotary speaker on your organ tones. Punch up your drums with T-RackS outboard processors like the Black 76, White 2A and Model 670. And make your grand pianos sparkle with the all-new soundboard resonance, piano lid control and convolution-based reverb.

All this is to say that SampleTank 3 is more than just its voluminous library of samples: it's a full-featured workstation — with a massive assortment of high-quality effects — at only a fraction of the price of what it'd take to amass a similar library with other virtual instruments.

 

Play/Live

 

The live workstation

For years, SampleTank has been the workstation of choice for live performance on stage with laptop. Now, SampleTank 3 is an even better choice thanks to its new live feature.

Now you can organize your set lists and song sounds within SampleTank 3 for instant recall with direct on-screen selection or MIDI Program Changes.

SampleTank features an innovative memory management system so you can pre-load sounds into RAM according to your gig set list.

 

Mix

 

Sounds beautiful, looks beautiful

SampleTank has always been very easy to use and this is a key point also for SampleTank 3. It features a beautiful, uncluttered look that's sure to please both your ears and your eyes. And now SampleTank 3 is more visually appealing than ever, with each main instrument depicted in 3D for immediate visual reference and instant recognition. This, together with its smart design workflow makes learning and working with SampleTank 3 a breeze — you'll be up and making music in minutes.

 

Overview

The SampleTank 3 interface is divided into 3 main “environments” for layering, mixing and editing sounds and grooves. We’ve taken the main aspects of the music production workflow and separated them into 3 main functional environments: the “Play” interface, the “Mix” interface and the “Edit” interface.

 

Play

 

The PLAY page will be immediately familiar to SampleTank users: On the left is the browser where you load Multis (previously known as Combis), Instruments and Patterns. On the right is the Part Viewer where you can see the contents of each Part and adjust its most basic parameters.

SampleTank 3 lets you load multiple MIDI patterns in each Part. Now you can build inspiring grooves directly within the software and play them at will. The new Live tab lets you bring SampleTank 3 on stage with you easier by giving you a clean way to organize your performances by set lists and Song, letting you have your sounds ready to play instantly with its smart loading management system.

 

Mix

 

The MIX page provides a traditional mixer interface with 5 effects slots for each channel. There are 21 channels in all: 16 channels for each Part, 4 returns for global “send effects” (like reverb and delay) and a master channel. This arrangement lets you get extremely creative — you can have up to 30 effects on a single instrument!

 

Edit

 

The EDIT page provides full access to SampleTank 3’s powerful synthesizer engine. There you can run your samples through everything from envelopes to LFOs to filters — And speaking of filters, SampleTank 3 features 10 new filter types for extreme sonic sculpting.

 

Play

The Play Page: Browse thousands of instruments from Hip Hop to Classical and make quick adjustments on the fly

 

Play

 

If you enjoyed the ease of SampleTank 2, you'll love SampleTank 3. It gives you 16 "Parts" that work like a channel on a mixing board or a track on a DAW.

Parts are powerful. You will use them when selecting instruments, applying effects and using MIDI Patterns. Each Part can contain one instrument and up to 128 MIDI Patterns, and each has its own 5 insert effect slots — now you have a quick way to modify your sounds individually. For more global effects, each part also contains 4 insert effect sends that let you easily send your sounds to effects that process multiple instruments simultaneously like delays and reverbs. Parts are also flexible. Each Part can be assigned to any MIDI channel letting you layer, split and perform complex multi-timbral sequencing with ease.

 

 

The Browser

Finding sounds has never been easier. SampleTank 3 features an easy-to-use streamlined browser. Use it to quickly find the sounds you need. Its tabs let you easily navigate between all the essential elements of the Play Page: MULTI, INSTRUMENT, PATTERN and LIVE.

Need help? Try the INFO tab at the bottom of the Browser, that's where you'll find all the important details for each sound: its description, a list of its assigned controllers and a vivid 3D representation of the selected instrument.

For patterns, switch to the PATTERN tab for a quick way to try out new patterns at various tempos with the sounds you've already loaded.

Looking for something? SEARCH lets you use keywords to quickly find the sounds you're looking for using simple terms like music genres or sonic attributes. For example, if you want a pad sound to fill out your electronic track type "atmospheric," and SampleTank 3 will present you with a tailored sound palette of Instruments and Multis. Now you can get back to the more important business of finishing your song.

With SampleTank 3, naming, saving and deleting your Multis or Instruments is easy. Just click on the menu icon in the bottom left.

 

 

The Part Viewer

On the right is the Part Viewer. It features an overview of the 16 Parts in your selected Multi. For each Part, you can see the loaded Instrument along with easy-access controls for volume and pan.

Previous SampleTank users will find this panel very familiar! The Part Viewer is also where you select the Part to load an Instrument into or to access its Macro controls and insert effects in the control panel at the bottom.

 

 

Working With Patterns

Want to get in the groove? SampleTank 3 includes an outstanding collection of pre-made MIDI Patterns that you can use to spice up your songs. When you click the PATTERN tab you'll see a list of the MIDI Patterns available — all easily previewable with the Browser's dedicated preview button. You can load up to 128 MIDI patterns per part with each conveniently organized on your keyboard starting from C0 with one pattern per note.

A keyboard loaded with patterns is a potent creative tool. Just imagine the possibilities of being able to trigger SampleTank 3's professionally created MIDI sequences as part of a live performance. And with these Patterns you'll always find something that fits. Once assigned to keys you can edit your Patterns to suit the tone of your song by applying quantization, changing the intensity of the Pattern's dynamics or even transposing the Pattern up-or-down. And should you need to take it further you can drag your edited Pattern straight into the DAW of your choice, and it will retain all of your carefully considered fine-tuning.

Once your patterns have been loaded where you want them, you can use the Global Play button at the bottom to start and stop all enabled Patterns simultaneously.

 

Play/Live

 

Realistic playing with Articulation

Different playing styles are what give real instruments their distinct character. SampleTank 3 gives you an unparalleled degree of dynamic expressiveness through its "round robin" feature and multiple articulations, both of which help you mimic the organic tonality of real instruments.

Think of articulations as different playing styles. For example, a violinist doesn't just trigger notes but instead uses a variety of techniques — like Pizzicato plucks, abrupt Staccato bursts and sustained Sostenuto tones — to express a full spectrum of musical emotions. SampleTank 3 lets you apply the same principle to a majority of its sounds. These articulations are easy to use and can be played in a variety of ways: assign them to a specific key, control them with the modulation wheel or simply cue them by playing different velocities. This is particularly noticeable when it comes to acoustic instruments where subtle changes in technique — like finger plucking versus pick playing on a bass — make all the difference.

 

Play/Live

 

Going Live

If you have a gig to go to, you've got to check out SampleTank 3's LIVE tab. It's where you can quickly organize your sounds for live performance.

After you've picked your instruments you can create an entire Setlist. And with SampleTank 3's smart loading system, you will have all your Instruments, Multis and Effects pre-loaded for you so you can switch sounds instantaneously and segue into your next song without having to wait. SampleTank 3 handles the details — now you have a sound workstation that you can perform with on stage with confidence.

 

 

Layers, Splits and Multi-Timbral Sequencing

Mix, match and let your creativity run wild: SampleTank 3 makes it easy to use multiple instruments. Want to combine an Acoustic Bass with a Vibraphone? It's a breeze. Just assign whatever Parts you'd like to the same MIDI channel. It's just as simple to split your keyboard to play multiple instruments. Just do the same thing but use the Edit page to choose which keys trigger which instrument. To play multiple parts at once, such as with a sequencer or DAW, assign each Part to its own MIDI channel. Now you can play each Part as though it were its own sound module.

With 5 insert effects and 4 effect sends on every Part — plus additional racks of outboard processors — it's like having 16 different sound modules to play with! SampleTank 3 gives you the power, flexibility and versatility to develop complex sounds and arrangements with an interface so effortless that even a non-musician can understand it.

 

The Macro Panel: Sound Editing Made Easy

Immediately take control with SampleTank 3's new Macro Panel. Now each and every instrument in SampleTank 3's 33 gigabyte sound library comes with a customized instrument-specific Macro Panel that features 8 of the most relevant controls. Now you can quickly fine-tune the sounds you want: adjust the release of your pads, the key percussion of your organ, the volume of the kick in your drum kit and much more. Now you'll spend more time playing and less time editing.

 

 

As noted, these Macro controls vary from instrument to instrument. For example, on a piano you can control its lid, its harp resonance and the amount of room reverb applied. Or, on a drum kit, you can adjust the volume of each individual drum and cymbal as well as the level of compression applied. These Macros are there to make your life easier. Now you'll always have the controls you want, right where you need them.

 

The FX Panel: Fast Access to Your Insert Effects

SampleTank 3 is all about keeping your workflow clean and efficient, which is why it now lets you quickly preview the the effects in a Part's 5 effects slot via the "FX" button.

 

 

Click the FX button at the lower right to change the panel’s display from the Macros to the FX. Select the Part you want in the Part Viewer above, then simply click the effect slot to view, edit or bypass the loaded effects. For maximum ease you can even load new effects right from this panel.

 

Mix

The Mix Page: A DAW within a DAW

Mix

 

The MIX tab is where SampleTank 3 gives you the familiar interface of a DAW mixer with console-style channel strips and insert FX. There are three kinds of Channels: Part Channels that contain SampleTank Instruments, Return Channels that are used for global-style effects (like delay and reverb) that can be used for several Instruments simultaneously and the Master Channel where you can perform all your final mastering processing.

 

Part Channels

 

The Part Channels

Channels 1-16 represent each of the 16 Parts in SampleTank 3. Each Part can contain a single SampleTank Instrument with a channel strip that gives you mixing board style controls for volume, pan, mute and solo.

Use the 4 send buttons and use the send knob to adjust the send levels from the channel to the 4 Return Channels where you'd typically put multiple instrument effects as opposed to those used on each channel. You can also use the sends to create “groups” for processing with bus processors like compressors, limiters and equalizers.

At the top of each channel strip are the 5 insert effects slots. Click to load any of SampleTank's 3 effects into any slot – there are no limitations other than that of your computer’s CPU power.

The effect slots are serial: the first slot feeds the second slot, the second slot feeds the third slot and so on. These effects process only their own channel, just the individual Part and its loaded Instrument.

Use an effect slot to view the effect in the FX Panel at the bottom of the window just like on the PLAY page.

 

Return Channels

 

The Return Channels

To the right of the 16 Part Channels are the 4 Return Channels. These channels do not contain Instruments but instead are fed a signal from the 4 effect sends on each of the Part Channels. This lets you send signals from any Part Channel to any Return Channel.

Typically, the Return Channels are used for effects fed from multiple instruments like reverbs and delays — for example, you can use just one ConvoRoom reverb for your piano, string pad or synth lead. But you can also use the Return Channels as “groups” to process several Instruments together with bus processors like compressors, limiters and equalizers. The Black 76, White 2A and Model 670 limiters and Tube Program EQ are exceptional for bus processing.

This technique is especially powerful with multiple drum channels. For example, put your kick drums on one channel, snare drums on the next channel and toms on another channel. First process them individually with their insert effects and then equalize and compress them as a group for a punchy and aggressive sound that's suitable for any genre. Bus processing helps you “glue” multiple elements together by using common processing on the group which adds clarity and punch to your production. The best mixing engineers have used this technique for years. Now you can use it right inside your Instrument before it even reaches the DAW. It’s like having 4 additional master channel strips!

 

Master Channel

 

The Master Channel

IK Multimedia made a big splash with its T-RackS mastering suite of top analog-modeled effects and precision digital processors. T-RackS provides you with the tools to “master” your final mix with global equalization, compression, limiting and even stereo width adjustments and subtle global reverb effects. Now you can do the same thing right inside SampleTank 3.

The Master Channel has 5 effect slots just like the Part Channels and Return Channels. Once you have dialed in the effects on your individual Part Channels and used the sends to apply reverbs and delays — plus any bus processing of groups of instruments — you can then master your final output with effects on the Master Channel. And we mentioned T-RackS for a reason: 4 of the best analog modeled mastering effects from T-RackS are included in SampleTank 3: the Black 76, White 2A and Model 670 limiters as well as the Tube Program EQ. All of these effects have been meticulously modeled after some of the most famous analog studio outboard gear of all time.

This is equipment that's defined the sound of some of the biggest hits in popular music, from classic rock to modern electronic music. You will not find effects of this quality included in any other virtual instrument on the market today.

 

Working with Effects

The MIX page makes working with effects easy. It features an FX Panel that displays the controls for the selected effect so you can quickly and easily dial in the exact sound you’re after. We’ve taken the same eye-catching design aesthetic of the instrument icons to the effects themselves: Guitar amp effects actually look like guitar amp panels. Classic studio outboard gear looks exactly like its outboard hardware equivalent and the same goes for all the included stomp boxes. SampleTank 3’s new effects follow the same beautifully designed approach. More than just a set of parameters, SampleTank 3’s effects give you the look and feel of the studio effects that have defined music from the ‘60s to the present. And with the legacy of AmpliTube and T-RackS you can trust that they sound like the real thing.

 

Full Amps

American Vintage T

British Tube Lead 2

Jazz Amp 120

Modern Tube Lead

SVT Classic

Amp Combo

 

Amp Components

Cabinet

Preamp

Tone Control

 

Distortion

Overscream

Crusher

Distortion

Overdrive

 

EQ and Dynamics

Black 76

White 2A

Compressor

EQ Comp

Model 670

Vintage EQ-1A

Parametric EQ

Limiter

 

Modulation

Chorus C1

Electric Flanger

Uni-V

AM Modulation

Chorus

Env Flanger

Flanger

Opto Tremolo

Rotary Speaker

Small Phazer

Multi Chorus

Phaser

Tremolo

FM Modulation

 

Reverb and Delay

Acoustic Resonance

Hall Reverb

Plate Reverb

Ambience

Delay

Tape Echo

ConvoRoom

Reverb

Reverb Delay

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