We're currently living in the age of digital audio. Sampler is an incredibly powerful tool that is essential to any music producer.

But there are so many different Sampler plugins in the music production landscape, so we decided to create the ultimate list of the top Sampler plugins today that will help you find the perfect fit.


Phalanx

Sampler by Vengeance Sound



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Description


Important Note: You must have an eLicencer dongle to use Vengeance Sound products.

Meet Vengeance Sound's flagship drum and synth sampler, with over 6000 samples/sounds.




Features

  • Factory content features over 3000 sounds by Manuel Schleis from Vengeance Sound
  • Samples are saved in your projects
  • Samples can be dragged into the sample pads; even from external sources (e.g. DAW or browser)
  • Conveniently large library browser
  • Arrange and save your favourites (incl. 'tag mode')
  • 32 stereo sample slots in 16 channels
  • Each channel routable to up to 16 individual outputs
  • 128 voices (up to 16 times polyphon per pad)
  • 12 types of filters (6 dB, 12 dB, 24 dB each)
  • Poly portamento and legato portamento Modi
  • Optional: Anti-alias free sample mode and ultra-high mode for powerful computers
  • Undo / Redo function
  • Graphical real-time display of waveforms
  • Editable envelopes (amp, filter, pitch, ModEnv)
  • Envelopes syncable to BPM
  • Insert FX with 17 effect types
  • Drag and drop to arrange Insert FX
  • Reverb by ArtsAcoustic
  • Four band parametric EQ for each sample pad
  • Mini preset browser with numerous presets for FX and envelopes
  • Compatible with other Vengeance plugins (such as Metrum, Multiband Sidechain and Philta)
  • MIDI-learn function complex mod matrix: combine anything
  • Two independent LFOs per sample slot (32 total)
  • Three GUI controllers
  • All controllers and MOD matrix settings can be dragged into the custom area for easy access when needed
  • Rename and colour-code individual sample slots for full customization
  • Retrigger: Samples can be accelerated to self-oscillation (tonally playable); see Swedish House Mafia "One" Scratch simulator: Use pitch bend or a MIDI controller like a turntable
  • Crazy loop section: Back and forth in time, freezes in time, micro-loops via modwheel, crossfade looping
  • Convenient arpeggiator
  • Switch between "drumkit mode" and "sample mode"
  • Drumkit mode features "kill notes": A closed hi-hat can stop a fading open hi-hat
  • Slim and full mode: Slim mode displays all 16 pads simultaneously, full mode offers full editability
  • Single version of Phalanx included (a mini plugin with just one sample pad)
  • VST2, VST3, AU, RTAS, and AAX support; 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Installer Contains

  • 32Bit & 64Bit versions
  • VST2 and VST3 versions
  • AU version
  • AAX version

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Windows:

  • Pentium III 800Mhz
  • 2GB RAM
  • Windows Vista/Win7/Win8
  • VST 2.4 compliant host
  • eLicenser USB dongle

Mac:

  • IntelMac 1.5Ghz
  • 2GB RAM
  • Mac OSX 10.8
  • VST 2.4 or AU compliant host
  • No Power Mac supported
  • eLicenser USB dongle

Important Notes:

  • This product requires a Syncrosoft / eLicenser USB dongle
  • An eLicenser USB dongle is not included when purchasing this product and this needs to be bought separately!

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CMI V

Sampler by Arturia



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Peerless Sampling Character

The CMI V is a spot-on reincarnation of the first commercially available digital sampling system in music history—the sonic powerhouse behind numerous early MTV-era megahits. We even went the extra mile and added new creative features that weren’t possible back in the day.

In 1980, the Fairlight CMI turned heads with the introduction of digital sampling. Now our software homage lets you turn some heads yourself.

With exotic new sound of digital samples, the promise of an all-in-one digital workstation, and a physical design right out of a sci-fi movie, the Fairlight CMI was an object of desire for most self-respecting ‘80s keyboardists. Countless musicians and producers weighed the risks of bank robbery in order to afford one. No need today. Our faithful recreation gives you the same tools that many MTV stars used to make a cannonball splash into the pool. We’ve even made lots of improvements and additions that bring added power to this keyboard legend, including an alternate additive synthesis engine and tons of new modulation options. No vintage keyboard collection is complete without the CMI V.

Now it’s your turn to experience the sound and power of the digital workstation that started it all.

The unique musical architecture of the CMI

The CMI V isn’t just a digital instrument. It’s a complete digital workstation.

Our enhanced reproduction of this keyboard superhero lets you work with 10 digital instruments of your choice at once—mixing, layering, splitting and sequencing them as you please. Each instrument can draw from three different means of sound generation. The most obvious is the sampling engine that literally first defined the term in the industry. You can also shape sounds with the original additive synthesis engine where you control each of the component harmonics over time. We’ve even spun up the propellers and introduced a newer, simpler means of exploring additive synthesis like you’ve never heard it before named Spectral Synth. You also get around 300 expertly designed presets to get you going—including the original library of sounds you’ll recognize from countless hit recordings.

The CMI V has everything you need to explore the intersection of sampling and digital synthesis.

The original digital sound design powerhouse

If you want to sculpt sounds in the digital domain, the CMI V brings you a complete artists toolbox.

There are a zillion ways to shape sounds with the CMI. Work with a sample from the included library, or load in one of your own. Set the start and end points for the sample and loop. Modify the resolution to juice some interesting side effects. Resynthesize the sample into the additive synth domain for a harmonic representation. Create custom envelopes to control how each harmonic behaves over time. Change the sine waves that make up those harmonics to more complex waveshapes. Add multiple custom modulations to just about any sonic parameters you can think of. Heck, turn those modified additive harmonics back into a sample and sculpt your sound more back in that domain.

The CMI V gives you limitless creative options and sonic variety that are completely unique to this legendary sound design workstation.

The sound heard around the world

Many cutting edge ‘80s songs were fueled by the equally cutting edge sounds of the CMI. Now you can relive the glory days of MTV.

You know the sound of the CMI because it was everywhere—and still is. Consider the ear candy on Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill”. The rhythmic frenzy of Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit”. Peter Gabriel’s exotic “Sledgehammer” shakuhachi. The impossible horn line on Yes’ “Owner of a Lonely Heart”. The breathy vocal-flute on Tears for Fears’ “Shout” and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”. Trevor Horn’s pulsing Page R bottom-end collage on “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Speaking of Hollywood, there’s Duran Duran’s “View to a Kill” Bond theme. How about Jan Hammer’s pitch-processed drums on his weekly “Miama Vice” TV scores? And MTV favs like “Close (to the Edit)” by Art of Noise and Yello’s “Oh, Yeah” are poster children for all things CMI.

Whether for cover-gig authenticity or just basking in nostalgia, CMI V delivers the fun novelty of songs that still fill the classic rock airwaves.

Main Features

  • Software synthesizer playable through a MIDI keyboard
  • 600 presets from the original CMI library
  • 360 presets sounds made by Arturia sound designers
  • Expanded number of track to 10 with a polyphony per track up to 32
  • Perfect emulation of the analog filter response
  • Faithful recreation of the sampling and additive synthesis capacities of the instrument
  • Variable Bit Depth and Sample Rate
  • Introduction of a new sound generation mode: Spectral synthesis
  • Classic "page-R" inspired 32-step sequencer
  • 24 sources of modulations per track to apply to all "CONTROL" parameters
  • High-quality output effects
  • VST, VST3, AU, AAX, and standalone operation

Preset Browser

Our redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you’re looking for.

Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you’re looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. There’s never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.

Resizable GUI

The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any High Resolution screen, UHD or Retina.

You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you’re working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.



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Mac

  • macOS 10.13 or later (64-bit only) (M1 Mac not yet officially supported)
  • 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX (Pro Tools 11 or higher), Audio Unit, NKS

Windows

  • Win 8.1+ (64-bit only)
  • 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3 and AAX (Pro Tools 11 or higher), NKS

Protection

All Arturia software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.

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Serato Sample

Sampler by Serato



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Plugin Boutique Exclusive Bundles Featuring Serato Sample

The Fastest Way to Sample

A powerful and intuitive new sampler plugin for producers that allows you to quickly find, chop, key shift and time-stretch samples.

The Power of Pitch ‘n' Time

It has the world-famous Pitch ‘n' Time algorithm built-in, giving you the best time-stretching quality on the market.

Works in Leading Production Software

Sample will work in most DAWs that support AU/VST* plugins including Ableton Live, FL Studio, Logic Pro and Maschine.




Features

  • Unrivalled time-stretching powered by Pitch ‘n Time

  • Time-stretch samples to extreme values using the power of Serato Pitch 'n Time. It’s also easy to sync samples to your project.

  • Flawless Key Detection and Key Shifting

  • Find the key and then shift it with the power of Pitch ‘n Time.

  • Find the Best Samples

  • With one click Serato Sample’s algorithm finds 16 of the best samples to work with, or find some magic with the Random feature.

  • Change Samples Beyond Recognition

  • You can manipulate each pad individually. Mess around with key, bpm and more with pad parameters.

  • Keyboard Mode 

  • Play one sample across the full piano scale like a synth.

  • Mono/Poly Playback 

  • Trigger your Cue Points with monophonic playback like Serato DJ. Or you can use polyphonic playback to play chords and drum patterns.

  • Familiar and Fast Cue Point Workflow

  • Use Serato DJ's popular Cue Point workflow to quickly set and trigger pads.

  • Process Each Cue Individually

  • Route each cue's output to separate channels in your DAW.

  • What's New in Serato Sample 1.2?

  • Serato's latest release delivers some exciting, long-requested feature updates for producers:

  • 32 Pads: We’ve doubled the number of pads from 16 to 32. Which doubles your chances of striking gold using Sample's Autoset features, like 'Find Samples' or 'Random'.
  • Velocity: There’s now an option to respect a host DAW's velocity, letting you play expressively with your MIDI keyboard or drum controller.

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Compatible Operating Systems:

  • macOS Catalina 10.15 
  • macOS Mojave 10.14 
  • macOS High Sierra 10.13 

Requirements:

  • Screen Resolution - 1280 x 720
  • Memory 4 GB
  • Free HDD Space 5 GB

Formats:

  • VST
  • AU

Windows

Compatible Operating Systems:

  • Windows 10 (64-bit only)

Requirements:

  • Screen Resolution - 1280 x 720
  • Memory 4 GB
  • Free HDD Space 5 GB

Processors:

  • i3: 1.07ghz and above
  • i5: 1.07ghz and above
  • i7: 1.07ghz and above
  • i9: 1.07ghz and above

Compatible Host DAWs:

  • Logic Pro / Maschine / Ableton Live FL Studio / Maschine / Ableton Live 10.
  • Operating System support assumes you are using the latest point release. Please check Operating System support for your host DAW software before updating.
  • It is recommended to have the latest version of the supported Host DAW software installed.

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ReCycle

Sampler by Reason Studios



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The Perfect Tool for Sampled Grooves

ReCycle is a creative tool that helps you make the most of your grooves. In simple terms, ReCycle lets you do with sampled loops what you can do with beats programmed from individual drum sounds – like alter the tempo, or replace sounds and process them individually. A tool for quickly editing sampled parts, chopping up riffs, remixing and doing mash-ups.

Slice your sampled loops with ReCycle and turn them from rigid recordings to flexible musical elements that blend seamlessly with your music. ReCycle slices loops into their rhythmical components, letting you quantize, rearrange or totally reimagine your sampled grooves.

How it’s Done

  • Slice: ReCycle finds all the transients in your sampled material and slices your loop up, while also keeping the timing information so you can play it back at any tempo without losing its feel or with the artefacts that come from time stretch.
  • Tweak: Sculpt your sound with ReCycle’s built-in effects: Transient Shaper, EQ, Envelope and a stretch feature that stretches the tail end of your each slice in the loop.
  • Create: Save your loops as REX files and let the creative part begin. With ReCycled audio, your loops can be arranged, rearranged have their timing altered or even be used as a groove template for your song.

ReCycle Tricks

  • 1. Like the sounds of your loop, but the feel isn’t right for your song? ReCycled loops can be quantized in your sequencer to fit with any groove.
  • 2. Or maybe you feel of your loop, but the snare isn’t right? Simply replace the snare while keeping the tempo.
  • 3. Create a more living performance by rearranging the loop’s slices in your sequencer to create fills and variations.
  • 4. Use your sequencer’s groove quantize to set the ReCycled loop as your groove template and have the whole track swinging to your loop.



Features

  • ReCycle In Action

  • Imagine that you have a sample of a drum loop that you want to use in a track you are working on. The loop is 108 bpm and your track is 90 bpm. What do you do? You can of course pitch down the loop, but that will make the loop sound very different, and what if there are harmonies in the loop that you want to match to your song. You can also time stretch it. That will keep the pitch, but will make the loop sound different and lose some punch.

  • Enter ReCycle and the smart way to make loops tempo independent. Instead of stretching the sample, ReCycle REX files are sliced into little pieces so that each drum hit (or whatever sound you are working with) gets its own slice. When you then change the tempo of the loop, the time between the slices is stretched, instead of the slices themselves.

  • Full Control

  • When you load a sound into ReCycle, the program will “look” at the file, analyze it, and break it up into its rhythmic components. The process itself is fully automated, but the slices are yours to move, audition or delete, using the program’s on-screen tools and controls. Other tools allow you to set the length, attack and decay of the slices, and to change your groove’s overall tempo or pitch, without one affecting the other. It’s not magic, but it’s probably as close as you can get.

  • Slicing a loop also gives you individual control over both the sound of the slices and the timing. You can rearrange the loop, change the feel of it, replace parts of the loop with other samples, pitch it, and much more. ReCycle turns concrete-rigid loops into musical modelling clay, allowing you, the loopist, to do pretty much what you desire.

  • Use ReCycle as a problem solver for loops: Load a drum loop into ReCycle, set a new tempo or pitch, and save the results as a new file. Or load up any groove, and use ReCycle’s on-screen signal processors: Compressor, EQ and Transient Designer, to give it some punch and distinction. Anything you choose to do in ReCycle can be applied to your loop non-destructively, and saved as a new file.

  • The Dr. Octo Rex and REX Files in Reason

  • The Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player is a unique machine that has become one of the cornerstones in Reason’s intuitive musical workflow. It plays loops treated by Propellerhead Software’s ReCycle and its design enables some truly creative ways to use ReCycled loops.

  • When you open a new ReCycled loop in Dr. Octo Rex you can load up the corresponding MIDI data in a special REX editor in the sequencer where you can move the slices around to create the beats you want. This way you can take a drum loop and rearrange it any way you want.

  • The REX File Format

  • REX is the native file format of ReCycle. A REX file contains the original audio of the loop, the slices you have applied in ReCycle, and any effects or processing you have added in ReCycle. REX files are also compressed, using a non-lossy compression technique to save some precious hard drive space. 

  • You can also use your REX files in as audio by importing them directly onto Audio Tracks in Reason’s sequencer. When you import a REX file as audio, it is automatically stretched to fit the tempo of your Record songs.

  • The REX technology is available for third parties and has become the de facto standard for loop handing in just about every DAW. These are the apps that support the REX technology today:

  • Ableton Live
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Image-Line FL Studio
  • Apple Logic
  • Steinberg Nuendo
  • Avid Pro Tools
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Reason Studios Reason
  • Cakewalk Sonar
  • Presonus Studio One
  • Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Native Instruments Maschine
  • MOTU MachFive
  • Steinberg HALion
  • Spectrasonics Stylus RMX
  • SonomaWireWorks RiffWorks
  • SonomaWireWorks DrumCore
  • Toontrack Beatstation
  • Avid Transfuser
  • fxpansion Geist

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Mac

  • Intel processor (or better)
  • 512 MB of RAM or more
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • 800×600 display (or better)

Windows

  • PC with 300 MHz or faster Pentium compatible processor
  • 512 MB of RAM or more
  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 (or later)
  • 800×600 display (or better)
  • 16-bit Windows compatible audio card, preferably with an ASIO or DirectX driver

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Granulizer 2

Sampler by Inertia Sound Systems



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Granular Synthesis from the Future

Granulizer 2 is a granular synthesis software synthesizer intended for creative sound design.

It features a very versatile DSP engine that is able to deliver a wide sound palette, with sounds varying from metallic crunch and grainy fuzziness to smooth reverb-like tones, spectral widening or chaotic soundscapes.

Updated Design Language

Following the steps Inertia Sound Systems took during the INSTINCT development process, they went for a cleaner interface. While 2.1 was pretty sleek, the way the new components are designed gives us more freedom and focus solely on what's important.

This is Massive

In Inertia Sound Systems greatest update yet, this release has been in the making for over a year. It was created from the bottom up, to be used by musicians, sound designers and artists. Inertia Sound Systems want you to be as free as possible when you're in your creative zone.

Everything is Better

Inertia Sound Systems implemented a newly designed, high-quality granular engine with controls over grain size, density, speed, grain envelope shape, pitch, and timing randomization. You are now able to sync to host option for the delay time parameter and the grain speed.

The Interactive waveform viewer has zoom in/out and loop selection capabilities.

Follow the Grain

Granulizer 2 boasts a grain warping module, featuring a feedback modulation scheme, with controls for smear, smooth and depth, that provides atonal variations or perceptually acts as a second oscillator.

The Grain FX module has spectral processing per grain, manipulating grain sharpness/shape, spread, and frequency shift.

The HIVE

The HIVE section of Granulizer 2 is a high-quality diffusion delay featuring zero-delay feedback analogue modelled filters with subtle soft saturation, infinite feedback, control over diffusion amount, size, and more.

The Preset System

Granulizer 2 comes with custom-built presets, with sounds ranging from ambience, drones, glitches and synths. You can create your own from scratch or build upon the ones that already included. The possibilities are endless.

Themes

For you late night dwellers, Inertia Sound Systems felt that their default theme messed with your low light/chill vibe. So, starting with Granulizer 2.2, they included a dark theme. Moving forward, Inertia Sound Systems will support more options and maybe user styled themes, if users feel the need for it.




Features

  • High-quality audio engine that performs time-stretching, pitch-shifting, granular resynthesis and spectrum manipulation
  • Diffusion effect for wide droney sounds (think spectral reverb)
  • Spectral Shaping
  • Frequency shifter for atonal variations
  • Grain warping
  • Control over subtle randomization of certain internal parameters ("Magic" knob)
  • High-quality diffusion delay effect for droney soundscapes
  • Waveform view with loop selection, zoom in / out
  • A portable and intuitive preset system
  • Explanatory on-screen tooltips on mouse hover over the parameters.
  • Minimal, clean UI

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Mac

  • macOS 10.12 - 10.15
  • AU / VST & VST3 (64 bit only)

PC

  • Windows 10 or later
  • VST / VST3 (64 bit only)

Linux 

  • GLIBC: 2.29
  • VST / VST3

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Direct Wave

Sampler by Image Line



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DirectWave is one of the most complete VSTi samplers currently available.

Note - This software is Windows compatible only and will not function on Mac computers!

Opens All Your Sounds.

It loads and edits most of the existing sound formats³ out there (WAV (any), SF2 (Soundfont), AKP (Akai), Propellerheads Recycle, Native Instruments Battery, Kontakt *(nki), GIGA *(gig) & eMagic EXS24, ...) and it can even sample your existing VSTi instruments.




Features

  • 16 part multitimbral, 32-bit VSTi sampler.
  • 128 Voice Polyphony.
  • 128 programs.
  • Unlimited zones per program.
  • All samplerates supported.
  • Realtime SINC-64 point interpolation (HQ Audiophile)
  • Poly, Mono, Legato operation, with glide / auto mode.
  • 2*24 dB 5 mode filters serial or parallel.
  • Flexible 16 slot freely assignable Modulation Matrix.
  • 2 mod. ADSR envelopes, 2 zone-independent mod. LFOs 2 global program mod.
  • Automatable loop points, reverse loop points supported.
  • Loop modes : fwd, one-shot, sustained, bounce looping.
  • Automatable sample start offset (available as mod. destination parameters)
  • Built-in voice Insert FX with independent settings for each zone : ring mod.
  • Samplerate decimator, bitcrusher & phaser.
  • Built-in send effects : chorus, reverb, delay (with filtered feedback, sync to host tempo).
  • Independent send amounts per zone.
  • Freely assignable 16 stereo outputs.
  • Multi-editor with channel list, mixer, expression, modulation and pitchbend.
  • GUI controls.
  • Built-in sample editor with destructive editing (cut / copy / paste / trim functions), loop finding tool, normalize, vertical / horizontal zooming, etc)
  • Realtime sampling / recording of whatever is connected to DirectWave inputs (needs modular host or host with assignable plug-in routing)
  • Record Threshold: sampling input will wait until signal peak arises (-40dB)
  • Built-in VSTi host to easily automate "sampling" of your vst instruments directly into DirectWave.
  • Total Recall operation mode: DirectWave will enclose all the required  sample data in the project files created by your host: it creates totally portable projects without worrying about needed sample files.
  • Import: DWP (proprietary), WAV (any), SF2 (Soundfont), AKP (Akai), Propellerheads Recycle, Native Instruments Battery, Kontakt *(nki), GIGA *(gig) & eMagic EXS24.
  • Several importing methods: built-in browsing, drag&drop, menu options.
  • Built-in fast library browser list and tree-arranged menu program selector.
  • Zone editor with visual zone arrangement map and list with all zone properties.
  • All program/zone parameters of all channels can be automated as VST parameters.
  • WARNING: DirectWave will not import the above formats if they have been encrypted/protected. Encryption is sometimes used by vendors to prevent non-native import of program files (they want you to buy their sampler) so check with the vendor they are not encrypyted/locked to a given sampler if you are planning to purchase any of these formats for use with DirectWave and/or test out the demo of DirectWave to see if it works BEFORE you buy it.


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  • Windows XP (SP2), Vista, Win7, Win8, Win8.1, Win10 - (32 & 64 Bit)
  • 2Ghz AMD or Intel Pentium 3 compatible CPU with full SSE1 support
  • 512Mb RAM.
  • 30Mb free disc space.
  • DirectSound or ASIO compatible soundcard. 

Note - This software is Windows compatible only and will not function on Mac computers!

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Slicex

Sampler by Image Line



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Note - This software is Windows compatible only and will not function on Mac computers!

Slicex uses advanced beat detection algorithms to slice song/percussion samples into pieces and make them independently playable from the Piano roll or controller.

A New Way Of Slicing

If the wave file contains slice/region data this will be automatically used instead of the beat-detection algorithm. Slicex offers playback, reordering of slices and time-stretching capabilities optimized for drum loops. Related plugins are the Fruity Slicer and Edison.



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  • Windows XP (SP2), Vista, Win7, Win8, Win8.1, Win10 - (32 & 64 Bit)
  • 2Ghz AMD or Intel Pentium 3 compatible CPU with full SSE1 support
  • 512Mb RAM
  • 30Mb free disc space
  • DirectSound or ASIO compatible soundcard

Note - This software is Windows compatible only and will not function on Mac computers!

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Polygon 2.0

Sampler by Glitchmachines



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Important Note: This is the full version of Polygon. An upgrade for users that already own Polygon Version 1 is also availiable.

Polygon 2.0 is a hybrid sampler plugin designed to facilitate the creation of mind bending composite sound effects and unusual instrument patches.

Polygon 2.0 features a fully re-designed scalable user interface and we have completely revamped nearly every aspect of the plugin. Polygon’s new granular mode will catapult your samples into uncharted realms while its clean and logical interface, extensive modulation options and powerful new dual oscillator make it an invaluable tool for music production and creative sound design. Polygon 2.0 brings sound designers and musicians a powerful new sound sculpting instrument.




Features

  • 4 Granular Samplers
  • Dual Oscillator with FM
  • 4 Modulation Sequencers
  • Modulation Utilities
  • Dual Insert Effects per Sampler
  • Global Filter
  • Dual Global Effects
  • Comprehensive Randomizer
  • Variable Polyphony
  • Specially Curated Factory Sample Bank
  • 100 Factory Presets

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  • Mac OS X 10.11+
  • 64bit VST3 or Audio Unit DAW
  • Approx. 1.5 GB of HDD space
  • Minimum 2 GB RAM
  • CPU with SSE2 support
  • Minimum CPU: Core 2 Duo, 2GHz
  • Broadband for download

PC

  • Windows 8+
  • 64bit VST3 DAW
  • Approx. 1.5 GB of HDD space
  • Minimum 2 GB RAM
  • CPU with SSE2 support
  • Minimum CPU: Core 2 Duo, 2GHz
  • Broadband for download

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Palindrome

Sampler by Glitchmachines



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Palindrome is a granular morph plotting sampler geared toward experimental sound design.

The basic concept behind Palindrome is to fuse four granular samplers with a coordinate plotting grid and complex modulation sources in order to facilitate the creation of morphing sound effects and unusual instrument patches.

The plugin’s main grid section facilitates the creation of custom paths that determine the trajectory of a playhead over time. This playhead travels across a user-definable path that corresponds with the outputs of the samplers which are smoothly morphed using a bilinear interpolation algorithm.  Palindrome also features 8 user-definable multi-breakpoint modulation envelopes to facilitate the creation of intricate modulation shapes.

With its 4 granular samplers, morph-plotting system, 8 multi-breakpoint modulation envelopes, dual effects processors per sampler, shape presets, 4-note polyphony, deep randomization system, global reverb, 1.4GB sample library and numerous factory presets, Palindrome brings sound designers a powerful new sound sculpting tool.




Features

  • 4 Granular Sampler Modules
  • Morph Plotting System
  • 8 Multi-Breakpoint Envelopes
  • 2 insert FX  Per Sampler
  • Scalable User Interface
  • Comprehensive Randomizer
  • 70+ Presets & 1.5 GB of Samples
  • Win/Mac  VST/AU  32/64bit
  • New Features in version 1.2

  • Scalable User Interface
  • User Guide Refinements
  • Minor Bugfixes
  • New Mac OS Installers
  • At the heart of Palindrome are 4 granular samplers which feature new algorithms not available in our other sampler plugins. Each sampler includes a variety of sculpting options, all of which are viable modulation targets. In addition to this, each sampler features the ability to integrate up to two insert effects, which are also assignable as modulation targets. The insert effects include three filter types, two distortion types, ring modulation and delay.

  • In the center of Palindrome’s UI lies the plotting grid. The grid is a charting framework where you plot up to 16 points that determine the trajectory of a playhead. The grid coordinates of the playhead will determine which sampler outputs are currently audible. As the playhead travels along the path and over the grid zones, Palindrome will smoothly morph between the corresponding sampler outputs using a bilinear interpolation algorithm.


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  • Broadband for download
  • VST/AU host: Live, Logic Pro, etc.
  • Mac OS X 10.8+ 
  • Windows 8+
  • Approx. 1.5 GB of HDD space
  • Minimum 2 GB RAM
  • CPU with SSE2 support
  • Minimum CPU: Core 2 Duo, 2GHz

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Cataract

Sampler by Glitchmachines



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Description


Segment Multiplexer

Cataract is a Segment Multiplexer for Electronic Music Production and Experimental Sound Design

Cataract features an arsenal of sample scanners with integrated modulation sequencers, generative parameters and various morphing functions. This makes it possible to construct architecturally complex patterns ranging from nuanced percussive articulations to intricate particle sound effects and all-out glitch chaos. Cataract comes with a large library of loops and samples, as well as more than 180 presets to get you started.

Once you’re ready to take things further, load up samples from any of our specialized packs to dramatically increase Cataract’s sonic palette. Of course you can also load any of your existing samples to fully customize Cataract to your needs. Warp pitched samples into parallax melodies or redistribute loop segments into generative polyrhythms. Cataract will give your projects a unique cutting-edge twist.

Cataract features a dynamic, colour-coded user interface that simplifies navigation and streamlines functionality. One of the plugin’s highlights is the ability to step-sequence nearly every parameter, making it possible to coordinate extremely expressive and detailed patterns. Synchronize with your hosts’s clock, use your MIDI keyboard to improvise complex pattern variations in real time, or sequence precise parameter changes from within your favourite DAW. You can even utilize Cataract’s GEN functions to set up completely generative evolving phrases.

Cataract includes two scanners, each of which are equipped with two sample slots. Each scanner includes two LFOs, a multimode filter, a multimode delay effect, a scan sequencer with windowing and dedicated LFO, a 3-Band graphic EQ, four dedicated randomizers, five MIDI triggered save states and a dedicated modulation matrix. Globally, Cataract features a crossfade-style morph section with its own dedicated X-MOD LFO, as well as three percentage-based randomizers that facilitate consistently compelling results with relative ease.




Features

  • 2 Versatile Scanner Modules
  • Mod & Scan Step Sequencers
  • 2 LFOs per Scanner
  • X-MOD Morphing LFO
  • Multi-Mode Filter & Delay FX
  • Extensive Randomization Tools
  • Switching Color-Coded UI
  • 180+ Presets & 400+ Samples

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Mac:

  • OS X 10.8 or higher (32 & 64-Bit / PPC not supported)
  • Approximately 1.5 GB of hard drive space
  • Minimum 2 GB RAM
  • Minimum recommended CPU: Core 2 Duo, 2GHz
  • Broadband Internet connection required for product download
  • VST/AU host such as Ableton Live, Logic Pro, etc.

Windows:

  • Windows 8+ (32 & 64-Bit)
  • Approximately 1.5 GB of hard drive space
  • Minimum 2 GB RAM
  • CPU with SSE2 support
  • Broadband Internet connection required for product download
  • VST host such as Ableton Live, etc.

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HY-Slicer

Sampler by HY-Plugins



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Description


Sample Slicer + Step Sequencer + FX Chain

Slicer allows samples to be sliced into up to 32 parts. These parts can then be sequenced in the fully-featured step sequencer that includes a groove editor. Each slice has a whole host of editable parameters for in-depth tweaking. This is then run through a reorderable multi-effect chain that includes EQ, compression, drive, delay and more.




Features

  • Sample Slicer
  • Step Sequencer for Triggering Sliced Sample
  • File Browser
  • Groove Editor
  • Re-Orderable FX Chain
  • Pattern Chainer
  • Rescalable Plugin Window
  • Randomizer
  • Preset Manager

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Mac

  • macOS 10.12 Sierra or higher (64-bit only)
  • AU, VST2, VST3

PC

  • Windows 7 or higher (32 / 64-bit) 
  • VST2, VST3

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