SampleTank can be played directly from the app or can be used live with any MIDI keyboard or pad controller with the just released iRig™ MIDI interface adapter from IK Multimedia. Together with iRig MIDI, SampleTank offers the most portable and best quality sound and groove module solution for mobile musicians to date.
The higher quality of SampleTank's sounds distinguishes it from other sample-based instruments available on the iOS. The sounds are derived from the award-winning desktop version of SampleTank, which has been used on countless records and productions by world-class artists and producers. Furthermore, new premium instruments have been recorded especially for the new iOS app.
The sheer number of instruments in every possible sound category also sets SampleTank apart from what you would normally expect from an iOS instrument and represents a milestone for the platform. There are currently over 400 sounds available in SampleTank with a huge selection of Pianos, Organs, Strings, Basses, Guitars, Drums, Synths, Woodwinds, Brass, Ethnic Instruments, Percussion and more all instantly accessible from a single app.
For instant inspiration, SampleTank also includes over 900 professionally pre-programmed patterns and groove sequences for every instrument category that can be played easily - even by non-keyboard players - and combined for making high-quality music simply with just one touch. When it comes to grooves and drumbeats, SampleTank also offers an astounding variety of drum kits and groove styles that spans every music genre from classic Blues, Rock, Soul to modern Hip-Hop, R&B, Techno, House and more making it an extremely powerful drum and rhythm machine.
Additionally, every SampleTank sound is "production-ready" since it comes with pre-programmed built-in effects of the highest quality for the platform to further emphasize the musicality and character of sounds.
The SampleTank interface has been designed from the ground up especially for the iOS platform and has been studied for the greatest ease of use on mobile devices through its 3 main sections: Sounds, Edit, Play. On the Sounds page, the user can quickly browse and audition the hundreds of available sounds and patterns, which are neatly organized in easily recognizable icon-based categories. Here users can play up to 4 simultaneous instruments and save or recall them using the built-in presets system. On the Edit page, instruments can be personalized through easy-to-understand knobs for immediate sound and effect parameter tweaking. The Play page offers a convenient play environment for every type of musicians with its double piano keyboard, scale-based keyboard or drum pads.
Pricing and Availability:
SampleTank for iPhone/iPod touch is now available on the iTunes App store at an introductory price of only $9.99/€7.99 with 72 high-quality instruments and hundreds of patterns included. A free version of SampleTank will also be available with 8 sounds plus their selection of patterns. Additional 22 expansion sound packs are available for in-app purchase starting from as low as $4.99/€3.99 each or all together for a competitive bundle price. Owners of iRig MIDI will also get an exclusive sound-set of 48 sounds for free simply by registering.
An iPad version of SampleTank is also in development and will be available soon.