...an Apps for iPads Review!
IK Multimedia is well known for their products that are aimed at professional musicians. Their newest in the lineup, SampleTank, allows aspiring musicians to give their music the sound of their professional counterparts. Not many of us can afford, or have room for a full Steinway® baby grand piano, but now you can play one anytime you choose! But don’t stop there, now, make record-ready music everywhere with hundreds of pro-quality sounds and patterns with the simple swipe of a finger! SampleTank gives you an astounding 16 instrument categories for an expandable sound set of over 400 instruments that cover virtually every acoustic, electric and electronic sound you may need.
We had a good time testing out a lot of those 400+ instruments in the SampleTank iPad app. While you can very easily hook it up to any MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) to your iPad there is also a small, wish it was a bit bigger, keyboard available integrated into the app for on the fly playing for those times a MIDI device (synthesizers / keyboards) isn’t practical or available.
We had a tough time deciding how best to give you a good overall look at this amazing app since it encompasses so much and understandably sound is all important. Stay tuned after the break for a series of videos that will show you just how great this app really is.
SampleTank is an app for iPads that puts the possibility of professional quality sound and hundreds of world-class instruments literally at your fingertips. It is a digital instrument sound library that encompasses 72 instruments (68+4 when you register) and over 900 patterns, plus you can expand your sound library a-la-carte via in-app purchase with 22 Sound Packs for each instruments category including Drums, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Chromatic, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Synth Leads, Synth Pads, Trons, Voices, Ethnic, Percussion and Sound FX, all with dozens of voicing to choose from. As we sampled our way through all the hundreds of instruments we found professional-quality sound throughout. The only module that we thought might be improved upon were the strings, but it’s difficult capturing the heartbreaking strains of a high-quality Stradivarius, and the sound and pitch are true.
Start off using just the app to lay down sound. You can have up to 4 simultaneous instrument parts, perfect for playing live. Use them to build a full rhythmic groove or to layer sounds together for rich creative sounds. PLUS SampleTank, according to its developers, will soon be upgraded to enable recording of all that rich sound!
It is literally impossible for us to show you everything that SampleTank has to offer. After much discussion we felt that an assortment of videos would give you the best idea of what to expect of this fabulous app. We suggest that you download the free version and then go for broke and get the full package for the best bang for your buck… but you can certainly pick and choose which modules you might prefer.
Let us give you a quick overview of what you can expect to find:
Whether you want to play an upright piano like your parents used to own, simulate a harpsichord, music box, or fill a hall with the sounds of a full pipe organ you can do that with SampleTank:
Hooking up a MIDI keyboard or synthesizer is a snap:
Remember we told you at the beginning of this review that SampleTank® for iPhone / iPod touch includes audiophile samples of several world-renown grand pianos including the most sought-after Steinway® and Yamaha® models:
Finally instrumentals using SampleTank:
- 4-part multi-timbral professional quality sound and groove module
- Expandable sound library with more than 400 instruments in 16 categories
- Over 900 melodic and rhythmic patterns for accompaniment or groove creation
- Built-in insert effects and master reverb
- Sound and effects editing with multiple parameters
- Play interface with piano keyboard, scale-based keyboard and drum pads
- Designed in concert with iRig MIDI interface for iOS devices
- Free version available
SampleTank for the iPhone/iPod touch makes it very easy for anyone to build beats and grooves. Pick a drum sound and a drum pattern from the huge selection available, choose a bass instrument and groove, then you can browse hundreds of other instruments and patterns to complete your track. You can also play over it live with any instrument – without any ability or knowledge of how to play keyboards – by simply using the “scale” keyboard and setting the scale and key you want for hours of inspiration and fun!
SampleTank® for for iPhone/iPod touch is the mobile version of IK’s SampleTank for Mac and PC, the leading virtual sound workstation for the studio, now available for your favorite iOS mobile device and designed for live performance. It is a 4-part multi-timbral instrument with a sound set of over 900 MB of samples for over 400 acoustic, electric and electronic instruments (including a selection of the best workstation sounds from SampleTank, orchestral sounds from Miroslav Philharmonik and synths sounds from SampleMoog) plus a selection of over 900 melodic and rhythmic patterns that span every musical genre. SampleTank for iOS brings the power of the most popular computer sound module — which has appeared in thousands of award winning records from world-class artists — to your iOS device.
Visit http://www.ikmultimedia.com/irigmidi for more information
iRig MIDI is an ultra-compact standard Core MIDI interface for iOS that connects any MIDI compatible device to the iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad®.
iRig MIDI connects MIDI keyboards, drum machines, drum pads, pedal boards and more to an iOS device to control not only the included SampleTank FREE* but also a world of MIDI-compatible apps such as GarageBand®. You can also use iOS apps to control external MIDI equipment such as sound modules, DAWs or lighting systems right from the mobile device.
The included SampleTank for iOS also offers a high-quality mobile alternative to traditional software and hardware sound modules and has been studied from the ground up to work as a live performance instrument where it can access as a vast 1GB library of over 500 ready-to-use sounds.
http://www.irigmidi.com and http://www.ikmultimedia.com/sampletankios for more information
iRig MIDI is an ultra-compact standard Core MIDI interface for iOS that connects any MIDI compatible device to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
iRig MIDI connects MIDI keyboards, drum machines, drum pads, pedal boards and more to an iOS device to control not only the included SampleTank FREE* but also a world of MIDI-compatible apps such as GarageBand. You can also use iOS apps to control external MIDI equipment such as sound modules, DAWs or lighting systems right from the mobile device.
iRig MIDI is the only compact iOS MIDI interface sporting 3 MIDI ports: IN/OUT/THRU. These connect to any standard MIDI jacks using the included 2 x 1.6m/5.2′ cables. iRig MIDI also has 2 LEDs for displaying the MIDI activity on the IN and OUT ports.
iRig MIDI also exclusively provides a micro USB port — with included cable — that connects to any standard USB power supply source so that the iOS device can stay fully powered during long sessions.
SampleTank® for iPhone / iPod touch includes audiophile samples of several world-renown grand pianos including the most sought-after Steinway® and Yamaha® models. The premier pianos were sampled in true stereo (no programming tricks!) and at multiple velocities for extreme expression and dynamic response. Upright and mono pianos are also available to give you maximum choice for finding the exact piano sound you need for your recording or live performance. Also available is the classic SampleTank piano used on many hit albums. Your options are vast!
And for control, switch from a spectacular 9′ concert grand to a vibey, weathered upright on the fly with the touch of a single button. Or check out the contrast between samples of Steinway® and Yamaha® grands with a quick A-B comparison. Or how about an A-B-C-D comparison! Try stereo vs. mono versions, etc. The choice is yours, and the power is in your hands with SampleTank for iOS! SampleTank also includes amazingly playable samples of classic stage and suitcase electric pianos for your pop ballad or jazz fusion epic. With studio-quality effects, you can play electric pianos with dirty overdrive, pristine crystal-clear EQ, atmospheric phasing, chorus and more! The power of SampleTank is now in your iPhone / iPod touch. Check it out today!