August 1, 2014 - PeterT
A quick one – SampleTank 3 virtual instrument
SampleTank 3 has been released
SampleTank 3 is finally here! Here is one for my music friends and visitors who are interested in virtual instruments. The company I work for has recently released SampleTank 3 – The ultimate sound and groove workstation so check it out.
You can see it running in a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) application above, but there is also a standalone version of the program. Either way, when you use SampleTank 3 you have the software version of a keyboard workstation with a huge array of sounds from pianos to guitars to ethnic instruments, orchestral sounds, drums, and much more.
Samplers and sample players have been used for years by many producers, composers, songwriters, and musicians in general. While I wouldn’t typically use 100% sampled instrumentation, the ability to get ideas down without having every type of instrument and musician on hand at any time of day or night is QUITE handy.
If you are still unclear, or have any questions please ask in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer. This is a powerful piece of software, a virtual instrument with almost 34GB of sounds at your disposal. You can definitely make some great music with this, from scratchpad ideas to full compositions or orchestrations. I’ve used the previous version (SampleTank 2.5 XL and many expansion libraries) for many years and the sounds make it into the final version of projects all the time. Not to mention how well they blend with other sounds available (or, of course, actual recorded instruments).
An obviously biased yet insider information based conclusion
Those who qualified for the upgrade pricing during the preorder period should consider SampleTank 3 a no-brainer. Those that have owned SampleTank XL or Miroslav Philharmonik Full for years (pre-2009) get enough JamPoints (a loyalty bonus) to defray 30% of the cost so that too is a no-brainer. If you want to have a huge amount of bread-and-butter sounds plus a lot of other semi-oddities on hand, even the current pricing is great. Pricing aside, I’ve been using this for a long while and it is fantastic. I am happy that the workflow of the previous version is intact or improved. The whole point for me was to really get creative without anything in the way. SampleTank and some Cubase templates (since that’s my DAW/host of choice) will still be a quick road to getting songs written. That’s really the point.