At Winter NAMM 2002, CreamWare presented the new version of their successful
sampling system PowerSampler. PowerSampler II is based on the same DSP card
as its predecessor, but is equipped with a far more powerful software
package. The sampler allows unique realtime manipulations of the sound -
like realtime pitch-shifting and time-stretching, formant shifting and the
PowerSampler II gives you total control over pitch, tempo and formants -
each independently of the others. Audio material can thus be handled as
flexibly as MIDI data. Some example applications:
Multisampling is no longer necessary. A single sample is adequate to
reproduce an instrument with life-like realism over several octaves.
Vocal samples can be transposed without changing the playback speed - and
at the same time, the vocal formants are automatically corrected to prevent
the notorious Mickey Mouse effect.
Perfect those vocal tracks! Adjust the speed of a word or phrase, or
correct the singer's imperfect pitch.
The Autochord function allows you to create an entire choir from a single
Manual shifting of formants can completely change the character of a
voice or other sound.
Tweak drum loops within the space of a few seconds to fit song tempo
In Robot Mode, you can apply totally new pitch information to existing
samples via MIDI. As with all of the other examples, this is performed in
In addition, PowerSampler II offers all the features you'd expect from a
professional studio sampler. Some highlights:
Polyphony of up to 32 stereo voices (expandable)
PowerSampler II is equipped with the new SCOPE Fusion Platform software
3.1. In addition to the sampling functionality, this also includes 15
high-quality DSP effects, a recording and a surround mixer, and "live"
signal routing with zero latency. The XTC mode makes it possible to use the
sampler and the DSP effects as VST plug-ins in any VST-compatible recording
program (this is currently available only under Windows). A complete set of
audio drivers for Windows 9X/XP and Macintosh enables PowerSampler II to
work flawlessly in conjunction with all popular audio sequencers. Thanks to
the Ultra-Low-Latency Interface on the DSP card, driver latencies as low as
1 msec can be achieved.
To handle the realtime processing needs of the sampler and the other
software studio tools, the PowerSampler II hardware is equipped with three
SHARC DSPs. This makes it possible to play the sampler with no latency
whatsoever. Furthermore, the PCI card features 12 inputs and outputs (2
analog, 2 S/PDIF and 8 Z-Link digital). All I/Os support 24-bit / 96 kHz
As a product of the SCOPE Fusion Platform, PowerSampler II is fully
compatible to all DSP plug-ins available for this platform and can be
expanded conveniently with more DSP power or additional I/Os.
PowerSampler II is scheduled to be available in March 2002. The suggested
retail price is US$ 665 net.