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IK Multimedia SampleTron 2 Mellotron Virtual Instrument Plugin

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SampleTron 2

Re-live the magic of tape-based sampling


Analog tape-based sampling reborn

SampleTron 2 combines the powerful sound engine of IK’s award-winning SampleTank 4 with our industry-leading tape modeling technology to recreate the distinctive, ultra-vibey sounds of tape-based samplers from the ‘60s and ‘70s, along with quirky early digital sample players and vocoders.

This comprehensive collection features deep sampling of vintage Mellotron® and Chamberlin tapes, a collection of new acoustic “non-Tron” sounds with tape processing, and now enables you to load your own samples and create modern audiophile Tron sounds that are uniquely yours.


SampleTron 2 overview

8GB virtual instrument collection of sought-after vintage and tape-based samplers
Over 400 tracks sampled from vintage Mellotrons, Chamberlins, Optigans and other rare pieces
Each preset can load three tracks to split, layer and solo from over 400 available
Features a collection of modern non-Tron and vintage digital sample-based instruments
Includes the full content of IK’s original SampleTron updated for legacy users
Sample loading function creates user Tron sounds with IK’s tape modeling DSP
Superb rack effects include Channel Strip, Tape Echo, Multimod and new Vintage Plate
Standalone operation or SampleTron 2 can be played as a library inside SampleTank 4


From gothic to gritty

SampleTron 2 comes with a vast library of over 400 “tracks” that you can load into any preset—up to 3 at once—and then individually process 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 also shines where it processes our non-Tron material. Here you’ll gain access to exciting new sounds with the choir, strings, brass, organ, piano, bass, and even synths and vocoders that all come with SampleTron 2.




We’ve also added vintage digital sample-based instruments such as the Mattel Optigan, Vako Orchestron and 360 Systems Digital Keyboard to give your creativity more options than any other Tron collection. And to complete the circle, you’ll find the full content of the much-revered original IK SampleTron product to bring legacy users totally up to date.




Authentic sound and vibe

In addition to sounding better than ever, SampleTron 2 looks the part with a gorgeous interface that’s true to the original instruments, remaining simple and intuitive to use. All 10 models are gloriously detailed and designed to give you the immersive experience of using actual vintage gear, even to the point of exposing their inner workings, all while maintaining uniform ease of use and functionality across the board.



Make it your Tron

All controls are intuitive to use with old-school looks that belie some ground-breaking engineering. Like the original Mellotron hardware, there are three available tracks for each preset. You can load any of the included tracks without having to fudge the track selector to combine them.

In addition to the included library, the ‘tron characteristics can be applied to any sound. Your own samples can now be easily loaded and mapped to take full advantage of the tape processing sound using IK’s industry-leading tape modeling technology. A panel of global controls along with six tape controls let you dial in exactly the right mood.




All the tools you need

When you want to fine-tune the sound further, SampleTron 2’s edit mode lets you dive deep into the preset parameters with controls for volume, pan, fine tune, transpose and high and low note range for each Track. You’ll also find additional synthesizer-style controls including a filter with selectable type and an amplitude envelope with velocity control for each track individually or all tracks combined. With SampleTron 2, you can truly invent your own Tron sound.




Effects like no other

SampleTron 2 includes a powerful set of effects to give each performance exactly the depth and dimension your music needs. Effects include a Channel Strip equalizer and compressor, Tape Echo, Multimod—with selectable chorus, ensemble, flanger, phaser, Uni-V and Rotary Speaker—and the new Vintage Plate Reverb that’s based on the Plate algorithm developed for AmpliTube 5 and MixBox. These are great-sounding effects that leverage IK’s expertise in the field, and we’ve chosen the ones that complement SampleTron 2 perfectly.




Expansive versatility

SampleTron 2 works as a standalone app or as a plug-in, and it can also be used as a library in SampleTank 4* to expand its world of sounds. There you can make deeper edits, add more effects and play multiple instances of the 3-track SampleTron 2 presets on multiple MIDI channels, all with the convenience and processing power of our popular song and groove workstation.

Get started with SampleTank 4 Custom Shop*, our free version that offers you all the features of the new SampleTank 4 engine and over 4 GB of fresh sounds.

* Requires SampleTank 4.1.4 or later.




The perfect keyboard companion

IK offers 3- and 4-octave controllers that are well-suited to match the range of the original Chamberlin and Mellotrons, making them ideal for performing on classic Tron instruments such as strings and horns. Choose from the iRig Keys 2 series with affordable ways to connect and control all of your gear and either mini- or full-sized keys. Or, step up to the iRig Keys I/O series, which integrates full-sized keys together with a professional audio interface.



And in the end

Experience what inspired bands like The Beatles, Moody Blues, Genesis, Yes and other greats to record their most memorable music. Pick up SampleTron 2 and see where it takes you and your music.



Deep multi-sampled collection of 10 classic tape-based and early digital samplers
Additional collection of modern acoustic instruments to use with tape processing
Includes complete legacy library from SampleTron 1
State-of-the-art analog tape modeling based on T-RackS Tape Collection technology
Easily import user samples and apply tape modeling processing
Mix and match sounds from all models and user samples in 3 tracks for layers and splits
6 instrument-specific top-quality effects derived from AmpliTube, T-RackS and Syntronik
Analog modeled synthesizer filters from Syntronik for additional coloration
Browser search by category or model to find sounds in seconds
Optimized resizable interface
Load SampleTron 2 sounds into SampleTank 4.1.4 (or later) for more expandability
Works as a 64-bit plug-in or standalone instrument for Mac/PC


System Requirements

SampleTron 2 is a 64-bit application. Requires a 64-bit CPU and Operating System.


Mac® (64-bits)

Minimal: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo (Intel Core i5 suggested), 4 GB of RAM (8 GB suggested), macOS 10.10 or later. 10 GB of hard drive space.
Requires an OpenGL 2 compatible graphics adapter.
Supported Plug-in formats (64-bit): Audio Units, VST 2, VST 3, AAX.


Windows® (64-bits)

Minimal: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 (Intel Core i5 suggested), 4 GB of RAM (8 GB suggested), Windows® 7 or later. 10 GB of hard drive space.
Requires an ASIO compatible sound card.
Requires an OpenGL 2 compatible graphics adapter.
Supported Plug-in formats (64-bit): VST 2, VST 3, AAX.


SampleTron 2 Instruments

In SampleTron 2, the “skin” of the instrument automatically changes based on the sound you load into Track A. For modern, “non-Tron” samples, you'll find the classic white M400 as the default interface. In all, there are ten different interfaces, inspired by the original vintage instruments.



M1 - based on the Chamberlin M1 tape-based sample player




MkII - based on the Mellotron® MkII tape-based sample player




M300 - based on the Mellotron® M300 tape-based sample player




M400 - based on the Mellotron® M400 tape-based sample player




M400S - based on the Mellotron® M400S tape-based sample player




Novatron - based on the Novatron tape-based sample player




Optigan - based on the Mattel® Optigan digital sample player




Orchestron - based on the Vako Orchestron digital sample player




360 - based on the 360 System Digital Keyboard digital sample player




VP330 - based on the Roland® VP-330 analog vocoder




Modern - new acoustic and electric instruments designed for SampleTron 2