SampleTank update – 32-bit device support and new sounds for IK Multimedia’s sample-based virtual instrument

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. As I reported back in August, the app was updated to v.2.0..0 recently 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 palate 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.

SampleTank's v.2 UI is very slick... and the latest updated has added some further sound set IAPs as seen far-left.

SampleTank’s v.2 UI is very slick… and the latest updated has added some further sound set IAPs as seen far-left.

However, the update also arrived with some technical changes that meat, on first release, it required 64-bit iOS hardware, leaving some (many?) owners of older iPads or iPhones a little frustrated. Thankfully, IKM did acknowledge the issue and have been working away at resolving it. And, yesterday, they released v.2.0.3 of the app with support for 32-bit hardware now restored. This will be very welcome for many long-standing users.

The original Miroslav collection was pretty good....  so v.2. ought to be even better...  if, of course, you can bear the asking price :-)

The original Miroslav collection was pretty good…. so v.2. ought to be even better… if, of course, you can bear the asking price :-)

The update also brings a number of new sample library IAPs. Perhaps the highlight of these is the Miroslav Philarmonik 2 library and, while it is not cheap (well, by iOS standards), it does promise some very good sounds. There are also new cinematic and orchestral percussion libraries available.

If you do have suitable hardware, 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£11.99/US$14.99; it’s on sale for just a couple of days) and has very solid Audiobus or IAA support in Audiobus, AUM or Cubasis.

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 demonstrates some of the ways you can use the multi-timbral capabilities in a live performance setting.


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