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 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.
A further update to the app appeared on the App Store today. This adds three further IAP sound collections to the already impressive catalogue; Power Up, NRG and Electronika – Trance. No prizes for guessing these are aimed very much in the electronic music production genre :-) Each is priced at UK£7.99/US$9.99 and they all provide a set of additional sounds and MIDI clips/grooves to explore and build into your own compositions.
There are some other modest tweaks to the app also. New options have been added to the MIDI Learn functionality for the mute/solo buttons and the speed parameter in the rotary effect. In addition, in Pads view, you can now access all the sounds currently mapped. Small details maybe but nice to see IKM continuing to refine the feature set.
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.