IK Multimedia SampleTank 3 - Upgrade from SampleTank 2 XL (download)

Sample-based Workstation with 33GB of Sounds - Mac/PC Standalone, AAX Native, VST, AU
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IK Multimedia SampleTank 3 - Upgrade from SampleTank 2 XL (download)
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A Completely Redesigned Industry Standard!

Note: This is an opportunity for owners of IK Multimedia SampleTank 2 XL and Miroslav Philarmonik (Full Version) software to upgrade to 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 Upgrade
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-DDU-IN

Customer Reviews

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SampleTank 3

Very happy with the upgrade - software is great - but as with every other IK Multimedia upload I've ever done... thank God for Sweetwater tech support !! Without their help, my review would not have been so generous.
Music background: Former musician, home studio

Very Cool - Worth the upgrade cost!

SampleTank 2.5XL has pretty much been my go-to bread 'n butter VI for some time now. When I switched to PT11, I was bummed that I couldn't use it, unless I wanted to use it in a wrapper-type software (like Vienna Pro Ensemble, Etc.).This new version works great in PT11, PLUS it can hold my other IK libraries (which I've been able to load easily and without any issues that others have mentioned). In addition, the easy SampleTank interface that always seemed pretty easy to navigate, is even easier now, in my opinion. Also very easy to setup multi outs to run multiple instruments to individual PT channels for additional processing (although ST3 comes with lots of FX that can be inserted in it's own mixer!).This new version is a strong 4 Stars, maybe 4 1/2! I Like It!!!
Music background: Playing and recording professionally the past 35 years

Not compatible with 32-bit DAW's

Hello,Buyer beware! The new SampleTank 3 or Upgrade is "64-bit only". There is NO "32-bit version" or will there be. If your DAW, your Host Program, isn't 64-bit, it won't show up in your Sessions plugin folder. Their advertising everywhere doesn't make it clear that 64-bit AAX and 64-bit VST is the only version they offer. I have had and use, SampleTank 2.5 and Sample Moog, Tron, Sonik Synth 2, Miroslav Orchestra & Choir, for years, and love them. IK Multimedia has always supported the "latest and previous" DAW platforms, but not this time. I feel that this update for SampleTank 3 is misleading in the advertisment. Every one should be told about this, otherwise they're going to buy an upgrade they can't use. I suggest you talk to your sales rep or contact support at IK Multi before you purchase. Hope this helps, God bless!
Music background: Recording Engineer
See also: Software Samplers, IK Multimedia, IK Multimedia Virtual Instruments: Samplers