After we saw IK at this years MESSE, we were treated to an sneak preview of IK Multimedia's SampleTank 2, heralded as a big leap forward from their already poplular SampleTank Sample software sound module.
According to the folks at IK, "SampleTank(R) 2 has been completely redesigned to create the most advanced sample based sound workstation ever made: a unique, powerful plug-in with a wide range of exclusive, revolutionary features that set it apart from other samplers or sound modules, a giant step in sampling technology."
And indeed, we've been hearing good things from those who know, including a major sample library developer.
What makes SampleTank(R) 2 so special? Here's the short list: 3 synth engines: exclusive STRETCH(tm) (SampleTank Time REsynthesys TeCHnology) and pitch-shift/time-stretch synthesis in addition to traditional resampling synthesis. Lightning fast access to the richest, widest , most realistic sounds ever produced by software or hardware instruments Thousands of native sounds already available, plus the ability to import unlimited WAV, AIFF, SDII, AKAI(R), and SAMPLECELL(R) files More than 30 built-in award-winning effects 16 multitimbral layerable parts Full synth-sampler engine control Zone editing, loop sync, portamento, keywords search, and loads more
For detailed informations and audio examples you can go online here:
The product is expected to ship by the end of August. It will initially be available in 2 models: SampleTank(R) 2 XL, 8CDs of sounds with 1.500 sounds and more than 4.5 GB of sounds, $/Euro 499 SampleTank(R) 2 L, 4CDs of sounds with 500 sounds and more than 2GB of sounds $/Euro 299
There will be 2 upgrades, all to SampleTank® 2 XL (must be a registered ST1 user to be eligible): SampleTank® 1 DJ, L, XL* to XL 2 , 8CDs, $/Euro 249 SampleTank® 1 SE (002 bundle), LE to XL 2 , 8CDs, $/Euro 349
Plus IK Multimedia are offering a special free downloadable upgrade to SampleTank(R) 2 to all users having registered SampleTank(R) 1 DJ, L and XL it since 1st May 2003.