IK Multimedia SampleTank 3 (download)

Sample-based Workstation with 33GB of Sounds - Mac/PC Standalone, AAX Native, VST, AU
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A Completely Redesigned Industry Standard!

IK Multimedia's SampleTank 3 is a robust sample-based workstation that gives you over 33GB of samples, 4,000 ready-to-play instruments, 2,500 rhythm loops, and 2,000 MIDI files. Employing a completely retooled software engine, SampleTank 3 delivers ultra-realistic articulations, creative pitch-shift/time-stretching, and a sizable collection of filter effects - without taxing your CPU. SampleTank 3's redesigned interface makes editing child's play by putting all controls easily within your reach. Whether you're surgically retouching a single parameter or dramatically reprogramming an entire sound, SampleTank 3 makes it effortless. SampleTank has always been a top-seller at Sweetwater, so we're pretty fired-up about the newly-redesigned IK Multimedia SampleTank 3!

IK Multimedia SampleTank 3 Software-based Workstation at a Glance:
  • SampleTank is the result of more than a decade of innovation
  • Massive quantity of content provides plenty of creative options
  • Retooled software engine delivers an ultra-realistic performance
  • Built-in MIDI engine lets you build killer grooves
  • Analog-modeled and digital effects for professional-sounding sonic creations
SampleTank is the result of more than a decade of innovation

Originally released in 2001, SampleTank was the first plug-in to offer multi-part sampled sound with integrated effects. Created in collaboration with Sonic Reality, SampleTank proved immensely popular, providing DAW-based musicians with the ability to play sampled musical instruments via MIDI with built-in effects. SampleTank 2 hit the industry in 2003, carrying the torch as the industry-standard sound workstation thanks to its quality sounds, ease of use, and innovative features. Now, building up on the features of its predecessor, SampleTank 3 is here to become a staple piece in your studio's sonic arsenal!

Massive quantity of content provides plenty of creative options

Shipping with over 33GB of samples, 4,000 ready-to-play instruments, 2,500 rhythm loops, and 2,000 MIDI files, SampleTank 3 offers a plethora of pianos, drums, basses, guitars, brass, strings, vocals, and just about anything else that you can think of. This isn't just a budget collections of mediocre samples, either. Recorded using world-class musicians in world-class studios, SampleTank 3's content has a quality and character that rivals the best dedicated virtual instruments. IK Multimedia SampleTank 3 is ready to liven up your compositions with realistic, expertly-played instruments.

Retooled software engine delivers an ultra-realistic performance

Employing dozens of novel features, SampleTank 3 delivers an ultra-realistic performance, while being efficient on your CPU and fast to load sounds. SampleTank 3's new round robin sample switching activates several samples for each given note, creating an ultra-organic, hyperrealistic acoustic sound. You can even use key switch, modulation wheel, or velocity switch commands to perfectly emulate natural-sounding performances that sound incredibly lifelike. You can also use SampleTank 3's three synth engines, along with its substantial collection of filter effects, to create unique new electronic sounds.

Built-in MIDI engine lets you build killer grooves

When combined with its considerable collection of grooves and MIDI patterns, SampleTank 3 allows you to quickly and easily build out-of-this-world rhythm tracks directly inside the software and export them to your DAW. By using SampleTank 3's multi-part pattern player, you can load up to 16 recycled loop patterns or MIDI patterns with full control over transposition, intensity, and quantization. You'll be creating complex and inspiring grooves in no time by combining drums, percussion, and bass patterns - all within SampleTank 3!

Analog-modeled and digital effects for professional-sounding sonic creations

SampleTank 3 goes well beyond cheesy-sounding reverb and chorus effects. By integrating their world-renown high-end analog-modeled and digital effects, IK Multimedia has injected SampleTank 3 with unprecedented sonic flavor. You can use AmpliTube vintage analog-modeled effects like Chorus-1 or TapeEcho directly on your keyboard or bass sounds. Use can use a rotary speaker on your organ sounds, or T-RackS outboard like the Black76, White 2A, or Model670 on your drum sounds. You'll absolutely love what SampleTank 3's convolution reverb does for your grand pianos!

IK Multimedia SampleTank 3 Software-based Workstation Features:
  • NEW - Over 33GB of never released sounds provide plenty of creative options
  • NEW - Over 4,000 new instruments in 21 instrument categories for easy composing
  • NEW - Redesigned interface retains SampleTank's ease of use and fast operation
  • NEW - Multichannel mixer for straightforward effects routing
  • NEW - Round robin sample switching delivers ultra-realistic performance
  • NEW - 64-bit architecture allows access to more RAM for better performance
  • 16 parts multitimbral with layerable parts allow for creative flexibility
  • STRETCH, Pitch-shift/Time-stretch, and Resampling synth engines for creating unique sounds
  • Built-in MIDI engine lets you build killer grooves and rhythm tracks
  • Analog-modeled and digital effects for professional-sounding sonic creations
  • Fast-loading and efficient CPU taxing for trouble-free live performances
  • Memory-management feature loads sounds in RAM together for instant availability
The redesigned IK Multimedia SampleTank 3 sample-based workstation will make your compositions come alive!

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Tech Specs

Software Type Virtual Instrument
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Format Standalone, Audio Units, VST 2, VST 3, AAX
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB of RAM
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 4 GB of RAM
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.7 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Manufacturer Part Number ST-300-DID-IN

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Acoustic Samples are Phenomenal!

I have been using Sampletank 3 for a year now and I am a huge fan of the program. The MIDI performance patterns are exactly what I wanted for piano and string programming (this section kinda reminds me of the early midi groove patterns in EZDrummer and Superior Drummer) and it is amazingly easy to drag and drop midi performances in your favorite DAW. Now I will say that Sampletank 3 is phenomenal for acoustic bass, strings, guitars, string instruments, and other acoustic instruments yet there are other sample libraries and plugins that might work better for you. If you just want drums, EzDrummer 2 is a great product and I use it much more often for drum programming. Omnisphere is amazing for synth sounds too and is such an insane, cool product. Still, I use ST3 as I can have access to a lot of great sounds within one plugin and it is easy to get a great sound out of a preset really quickly! Just try it and see if you like it as it's a great refreshing plugin!
Music background: Gigging Guitarist, producer, songwriter, synth programmer, Riff Raff Fan
4.5/5

Great update from SampleTank 2

Sampletank was always one of those tools that I only used for the libraries that were ST only, but didn't own it - until now. ST3 has been touted here and elsewhere as a huge step forward, and I think it is.The first thing that struck me about it is the size of the library - 33GB, which covers a very wide range of instruments and sounds. The GUI has been improved slightly, and for the most part is user-friendly, relatively intuitive.As with any sampler, the sound libraries are the most important thing, and IKM has done a pretty good job at providing some high quality samples. The EDM and band side of things is covered quite well, and there's a relatively complete set of orchestral instruments too. Some of the orchestral instruments sound good in part of the range and more obviously sampled in others. For example, the solo strings don't always sound perfect, but I am impressed with the sounds of the ensemble strings; and some of the brass instruments don't sound quite right at the high end of their range, but are good in the lower register.What is very impressive is the integrated MIDI player - you can select an instrument, then a MIDI pattern on the next tab, and play a particular MIDI pattern by pressing the key it is assigned to - very useful for things like drums and bass lines.One thing I would like to have seen is slightly better naming conventions for some of the instruments and their parent folders, but overall the organization of instruments is good, and it make it easy to find a sound that you need.A point to note is that this is now a 64-bit tool (Yay!), but there is no longer a 32-bit version. Not a big deal for most people I think, and personally I have no problems as I've gone completely 64-bit.In summary, I think this is a damn good upgrade from ST2, and with different versions at different price points available, worth considering.
Music background: Live sound engineer, hobbyist
4/5

Very great soft

Not far from perfection
2/5

SAMPLE T3

The pianos, acoustic drums, guitars, are some of the best I have every heard in a software but the synths and electronic drums sucks, the bass guitars is to die for they sounds so realistic.
Music background: pro musician/recording engineer
See also: Software Samplers, IK Multimedia, IK Multimedia Virtual Instruments: Samplers