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IK Multimedia SampleTank 2.5 XL Sample Workstation Virtual Instrument   

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Eminem. Genesis. Shakira. Black Eyed Peas. Outkast. Nine Inch Nails. Herbie Hancock. That's a pretty diverse group of Grammy-winning artists. However...Read More

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Sample workstation used by a diverse group of Grammy-winning artists.

Eminem. Genesis. Shakira. Black Eyed Peas. Outkast. Nine Inch Nails. Herbie Hancock. That's a pretty diverse group of Grammy-winning artists. However, besides the award, they share another thing in common. They've all used SampleTank samples for their album and/or soundtrack work. And that's just a small sample of the thousands of professional pop and specialized musicians who have found SampleTank to be their go-to sample software.

This incarnation, the SampleTank 2.5 XL Sample Workstation, will surely continue this trend as it still provides you with one of the most wide-ranging collection of sounds available--more than 1,800 samples of acoustic grand pianos, electric pianos, strings, brass, winds, vocals, orchestral sounds, drums, guitars, synths, loops, ethnic instruments and more. It also has the ability to read all "Powered by SampleTank" instrument sounds, including Miroslav Philharmonik, Sonik Synth, the upcoming SampleMoog, Studiophonik, and SampleTron. You can also import your own WAV, AIFF, AKAI, SDII, and SampleCell files for an unlimited range of sounds.

But it's not just the variety of high-quality sounding instruments it's compatible with that makes this such a sought after sampler. It's what you can do with them as well. After your initial quick install, you'll be up and running within seconds. The speed at which sounds load is amazing, keeping you in the creative flow as opposed to the hurry-up and wait of other virtual instrument samplers.

SampleTank 2.5 Sample Software offers more than 50 sampler controls that are accessible from an uncomplicated, intelligible single interface. Three advanced sample engines--traditional resampling, STRETCH and PS/TS--allow unrivaled sound manipulation. The STRETCH engine delivers amazing realism and expression over multi-sampled instruments with options like true glide, bending, staccato and vibrato control, all with an incredibly sumptuous, yet, real sound quality. If your song requires loops, the PSTS engine (Pitch-shift/Time-stretch) lets you synchronize loops with a single click. You can also control tempo and pitch independently of each other making this the ideal beat maker.

SampleTank 2.5 virtual instrument also provides some of the most powerful multi-effects to come in a virtual instrument. Every sound in SampleTank was programmed with fully editable built-in effects--drums load up with reverb and compression, guitars with amp-sim, electric organs with rotary speaker, etc. It's unique system of 5 insert effects per part, with 5 send and 5 master effects, gives you up to 90 effects options available in one powerful production package. You can also work with the algorithms from IK Multimedia's award-winning T-RackS, Classik Studio Reverb, and AmpliTube emulator.

For over 6.5GB of sounds, you can't do much better than SampleTank 2.5. The last version was a big hit with the hitmakers of all genres.

  • Works as a standalone application as well as a plug-in in Mac OS (Universal Binary), and Windows (XP/Vista)
  • Supported plug-in formats: VST, RTAS, and AU
  • Imports WAV, AIFF, SDII, AKAI S-1000/3000, and SampleCell directly from the plug-in.
  • 16 part multitimbral sound module with layerable parts.
  • 3 synth engines: newly enhanced STRETCH and Pitch-Shift/Time-Stretch (PS/TS) plus traditional Resampling.
  • 33 built-in DSP effects.
  • Part and Master Loop Sync.
  • Independent Part and Master Volume/Pan controls.
  • 2 DVDs of sounds, 6.5 GB of samples, and more than 1,800 patches included
  • Reads any instruments from "Powered by SampleTank" sound modules such as Miroslav Philharmonik, Sonik Synth, and more
  • 16 individual stereo outputs
  • Mix view and full mix parameter control
  • Powerful Effects section that includes 5 effects per part, 5 Send, and 5 Master effects with up to 90 effects available at once in any one module
  • Send Effects includes Send and Return controls and Pre-Post options
  • Range Controls allows for creating complex splits and layers
  • Instrument browsing
  • Total sound editing with full access to 50 Synth-Sampler engine controls
  • BPM syncable LFOs
  • Portamento Time and Curve controls with multiple selectable curves
  • Zone feature for single sample accurate editing
  • Expanded, easy-to-use full MIDI control
  • Responds to MIDI Program change
  • User preset and module save features
  • Convenient back-up function
  • Customizable keywords and sound search function with integrated sounds database
  • 256 notes polyphony


SampleTank 2.5 XL Sample Workstation Virtual Instrument

  • System Requirements
  • (Power PC-based Macintosh)
  • Minimal: 866MHz G4 processor, 512MB of RAM, Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
  • Suggested: dual 1.25GHz G4 or G5 processor, 1GB of RAM, Mac OS X 10.4 or later
  • Supported Plug-in formats: AU, VST, RTAS
  • (Intel-based Macintosh)
  • Minimal: 1.5GHz Intel Core Solo processor, 512MB of RAM, Mac OS X 10.4.4 or later
  • Suggested: 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 1GB of RAM, Mac OS X 10.4.4 or later
  • Supported Plug-in formats: AU, VST, RTAS
  • (Windows)
  • Minimal: Pentium 1GHz / Athlon XP 1.33GHz, 512MB of RAM, Windows XP / Vista or later.
  • Suggested: Pentium 2.4GHz / Athlon XP 1.33GHz, 1GB of RAM, Windows XP / Vista or later
  • Supported Plug-in formats: VST, RTAS
  • Note: SampleTank 2 RTAS requires Pro Tools 7.0 or later

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For Pros and Beginners alike

By SMP-W6E7r

from L.A.

Comments about IK Multimedia SampleTank 2.5 XL Sample Workstation Virtual Instrument:

I'm not sure what the previous review was about. But I can tell you this...if you're looking for a great vsti sampler, with mpc like features and virtual instruments varying in genre's of music. Then buy this! It is a great investment to have, amongst any other plugins you have in your collection. I have the latest Total Workstation Bundle with Miroslav Philharmonik, Sonik Synth 2, Sample Tron and Sample Moog. I wouldn't heavily rely so much on these vsti's only. Getting Sample Tank will add to what you already have. Plus you can load your own wav sounds. I've played tracks for industry professionals and it's maximized my opps for working with recording artists.If you're serious about being a music producer, get this now! You'll be glad you did! Every professional music producer I know is very happy with this product, including myself!!!

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Save your money


from NH

Comments about IK Multimedia SampleTank 2.5 XL Sample Workstation Virtual Instrument:

Some of the worst performing software synths I own. Save your money and buy other sample instruments out there, like Kontakt or Halion or ... Sounds are dated, some do not load, or take a long time, and the browsing function is ridiculous. IK products are generally poor, take your business elsewhere. I've only learned this after purchasing several of their products.

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Wonderful... but dig into it

By WinterWineStudio

from Saint Sebastian, Puerto Rico

Comments about IK Multimedia SampleTank 2.5 XL Sample Workstation Virtual Instrument:

At first after I installed and everything, I wasnt impressed... But the power of this workstations is in combining sounds... For Example theres a 1920 Upright Piano, when played alone, sounds... meh... and theres a Classic Acoustic Piano, that sounds pretty good, but nothing special... now combine these two, work on EQ and mix them right and you get a beutiful piano sound that will make you want to play Let It Be over and over... it sounds *JUST RIGHT*.BTW ALL these sounds are very CLEAR, and work very well in a Mix...Pianos are good, Winds are good, Strings are very good, Organs are useless in my opinion, but thats why I have NI B4II.THE DRUMS... the acoustic drums, although not really expressive, sound sooooo good in a mix, and again, mix them, and if you have EZ Drummer (por Superior 2.0, or any other good drum software) you can mix and match an create very good drum sounds (British Kit, Abbey Kit, Vintage... love em')Now everytime Im going to work in Logic, first thing I do is open up SampleTank, with all the sounds its a great starting point in composition, and adds a LOT to a song

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User friendly - Sounds ok

By Methany Blues

from Fort Wayne, IN

Comments about IK Multimedia SampleTank 2.5 XL Sample Workstation Virtual Instrument:

If you are looking for a module that has all the basic sounds that doesn't eat up all your cpu power, this is a pretty good unit. You can get by with these sounds but it is not a monster keyboard sound like a Kurzweil or Triton in my opinion. Pianos are weak. With their current promotion, you get another IK Multimedia software for free, but it took my 5 hours on broadband to download all the samples that come with it.

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