The SampleTank 3 interface is divided into 3 main “environments” for layering, mixing and editing sounds and grooves. We’ve taken the main aspects of the music production workflow and separated them into 3 main functional environments: the “Play” interface, the “Mix” interface and the “Edit” interface.
SampleTank 3 Overview:
The Play interface
The PLAY page will be immediately familiar to SampleTank users: On the left is the browser where you load Multis (previously known as Combis), Instruments and Patterns. On the right is the Part Viewer where you can see the contents of each Part and adjust its most basic parameters. SampleTank 3 lets you load multiple MIDI patterns in each Part. Now you can build inspiring grooves directly within the software and play them at will. The Live tab lets you bring SampleTank 3 on stage with you easier by giving you a clean way to organize your performances by set lists and Song, letting you have your sounds ready to play instantly with its smart loading management system.
The Mix interface
The MIX page provides a traditional mixer interface with 5 effects slots for each channel. There are 21 channels in all: 16 channels for each Part, 4 returns for global “send effects” (like reverb and delay) and a master channel. This arrangement lets you get extremely creative — you can have up to 30 effects on a single instrument!
The Edit interface
The EDIT page provides full access to SampleTank 3’s powerful synthesizer engine. There you can run your samples through everything from envelopes to LFOs to filters – And speaking of filters, SampleTank 3 features 16 filter types for extreme sonic sculpting.
SampleTank 3 now supports direct integration with iRig Pads, IK’s ultra-portable MIDI groove controller. Plug in your iRig Pads (or other pad-based MIDI controller) and you can take advantage of SampleTank’s Pad interface, which lets you assign SampleTank 3’s 16 parts to the 16 pads on your controller for a seamless and tactile “out-of-the-box” music production experience.
The ultimate sound and groove workstation
Over 33 GB of included sounds
Over 4,000 new instruments with 21 instrument categories covering the entire span of acoustic, electric and electronic sounds
Over 2,500 drum, percussion and full construction-kit loops played by world-renowned artists
Completely redesigned interface with 4 main environments: Play, Mix, Edit and Pad that retain SampleTank’s legendary ease-of-use and fast operation
16 channel multi-part Play interface with easy layering and an integrated MIDI player and mixer
Access to the powerful instrument Edit page with 3 sample engines (including formant preserving pitch-shifting and time-stretching engines), 16 filter types and 8 macro controls per instrument for quick multi-parameter editing
“Round robin” and multiple articulations that are triggerable via key switch, modulation wheel or velocity
Multi-channel mixer-like Mix interface with 5 insert effects per channel, 4 stereo effect returns (with 5 insert effects each) and a master channel with 5 insert effects that allow for up to 30 effects per instrument
Works as a multi-platform plug-in and as a Standalone application
Content structured in Instruments, Multis and MIDI Patterns
Fully compatible with Mac OS X and Windows
Supported plug-in formats: AAX, VST, and Audio Units
16 part multitimbral
16 individual stereo outputs
Info view with specific information and 3D icon for each instrument
Mix view and full mix parameters control
Live mode for instantaneous sounds loading, organized in set lists and songs
Expandable instrument library via the Custom Shop
Pad interface lets launch patterns, loops or single notes seamlessly from iRig Pads or any MIDI controller
57 studio quality effects
Part Range Controls allows for creating splits and layers
Edit view for in depth editing of all synth engine parameters, independently for all the elements or articulations that are included in the instrument
BPM syncable time-based effects, audio loop instruments and LFOs
Four play modes including mono legato with portamento.
Zone switch allows to edit individual key-zones for the selected sound elelement or articulation
Multi Articulation and Key Switch instrument control
Easy to use assignable MIDI control to any parameter with MIDI Learn
Instrument and Multi saving
Convenient Search function for Instruments, Multis and Patterns
Compatible with all previous “Powered by SampleTank” sound modules and sounds (can import all previous sounds and Combis)
Import feature allows users to import .wav and .aiff samples
3 Synth Engines
Full Amps: American Vintage T, Amp Combo, British Tube Lead 2, Jazz Amp 120, Modern Tube Lead, SVT Classic