SampleTank update – IK Multimedia’s sample-based virtual instrument gets IAA tweaks

Download from iTunes App StoreSampleTank logoWith 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 is four-part multi-timbral and can easily be expanded with a set of very useable IAP add-on sounds. It also includes some very useful MIDI performance phrases.

SampleTank includes both a good range of sounds but also some MIDI performances/patterns that can be used in your own projects. The drum patterns are particularly useful.

SampleTank includes both a good range of sounds but also some MIDI performances/patterns that can be used in your own projects. The drum patterns are particularly useful.

As I posted a few days ago, the app was updated to v.1.8.3 with some tweaks for smooth operation under iOS9. However, a further update (v.1.8.4) has appeared this morning and which apparently tweaks the performance under IAA.  In my own testing, the app seemed to be working well on my iOS9-equipped iPad Air 1 in standalone mode or as an IAA app within Cubasis as my IAA host. However, I did have some issues when trying to use the app via Audiobus. I’m not sure if that’s something specific to my test system or not but, if not, here’s hoping IK Multimedia will release a further tweak soon.

As a general source of very respectable sounds covering almost all types of musical instruments, SampleTank is good value for money (the base app is currently listed at UK£7.99) and the app is very solid in operation. IKM also have a number of the addition IAP soundsets available so you can also expand on the core sound set if you wish. Check out the original SampleTank review here if you want further details.

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