With RAM at a bit of a premium in older iOS hardware, the iPad or iPhone is perhaps not the platform to expect the most sophisticated of sample-based instruments to exist. However, that hasn’t stopped a number of iOS music app developers from trying to squeeze as much performance out of the hardware as is possible.
IK Multimedia’s SampleTank is an excellent example; as a diverse source of sample-based instrument sounds, it does a very respectable job. The app was updated to v.2.0..0 in August and this fairly major overhaul bought, amongst other things, a more streamlined UI and 8-part multi-timbral operation. This is a significant change and means that a single instance of the app could easily be used for all your sample-based sound needs within a project.
As a source of sounds for live work or for general composing/writing duties SampleTank is a great tool…. and there is a good collection of IAP content to expand of the core sound set depending upon your musical interests.
A further update to the app appeared on the App Store today. This adds three further IAP sound collections to the already impressive catalogue; Hugh Padgham Drums, Brandenburg Piano and Elektronika-Chillout. Each is priced at either UK£9.99/US$9.99 or UK£14.99/US$14.99 and they all provide a set of additional sounds and MIDI clips/grooves to explore and build into your own compositions.
I’m particularly intrigued by the first two of these…. so, if I can get hold of copies for review, then I’ll dig a little deeper. The update also, apparently, brings some minor tweaks under the hood for smoother performance.
You can check out the original SampleTank review here and the v.2 update here… However, the two videos from IKM embedded below demonstrate some of the new features introduced in v.2.0.0 and demonstrate some of the ways you can use the multi-timbral capabilities in a live performance setting. SampleTank is a polished piece of software and its versatility as a sound source means it sits quite happily in my own ‘core set’ of iOS music apps for music creation/recording duties. Anyway, the videos are worth watching…. and then hit the download button to find out more :-)