IK Multimedia SampleTank 3 - Crossgrade from IK Products (download)

Sample-based Workstation with 33GB of Sounds - Mac/PC Standalone, AAX Native, VST, AU
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IK Multimedia SampleTank 3 - Crossgrade from IK Products (download)
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A Completely Redesigned Industry Standard!

This crossgrade offer allows registered owners of IK Multimedia products, including software, hardware, and apps, to receive SampleTank 3 at a special price.

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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Virtual Instrument Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Software Type Virtual Instrument
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Crossgrade
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-DDC-IN

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Good but Bloated - Long install

I got Sample Tank 3 from Sweetwater when as a promotional offer when I bought an iRig Keys controller. I've been playing with it since then, and primarily what I'm wondering is who is the target market for this product. Specifically, who needs a 33 gigabyte sampler workstation? There are lots of good sounds here, some great sounds, and I haven't even tried out a lot of them. The thing is, everybody has good sounds these days. I haven't gotten into the deeper programming - and in that respect, I think I will be like 90% of the buyers of this program. There are professionals that will go deeper, but they will also likely own Komplete or some other professional level sampler. If I had to describe SampleTank3 in three words I would say "good but bloated". I remember in 2005 when EMU's Proteus V covered most of the same ground with 33 megabytes. SampleTank3 is better, but not 1,000 times better. (Proteus VX is still available free but it doesn't always play nicely with modern computers.) It took several hours to download the samples with my 18 mb/s dsl line. It took a full evening to install the program. Having bought Sonik Synth II and Sampletron and downloaded these programs years ago, I can say that the download and installation process has improved from the previous generation, and though long, the process went through without a hitch. There was no problem with the authorization process. I have been running the program on a 3 year old laptop with a 4-core i7 processor and 8GB of ram. It runs fine on my i7, but I'm not going to install it on my older slower computers. In all honesty, I think I actually prefer the smaller, older Sonik Synth II to SampleTank3. You can import the Sonik Synth sounds into SampleTank, but I haven't done so yet. There's nothing glaringly wrong with SampleTank3 but at its normal price, there is a universe of other options to cross-shop. The program comes off much better if you can get it during a sale or promotion.
Music background: Synthesizer Hobbyist
See also: Software Samplers, IK Multimedia, IK Multimedia Virtual Instruments: Samplers