If you score film or television projects, you know that the more sounds you can draw on, the better. That doesn’t mean you can’t create your own custom patches, but when deadlines loom, you want to draw on the largest libraries of samples as you can.
That’s why we’re taking a look at IK Multimedia’s SampleTank 4 MAX, — an incredibly massive sample-based workstation — via a video from our friends at Consordini, the Colorado-based music resource.
IK Multimedia is a well regarded music software company which makes a number of products including Amplitube (an advanced amp simulator) as well as Midi controllers, microphones, speakers, audio interfaces and much more.
SampleTank Aids Groove Production
In our video review, we take a look at SampleTank 4 MAX, IK Multimedia’s sample-based workstation that not only contains thousands upon thousands of instruments (over 250 GB comprising more than 8,000 instrument presets), but also includes effect racks, articulations, loops as well as useful tools to browse and navigate through the libraries.
A recently re-designed interface enables more intuitive editing of the sounds, as well as layer and mix them together. In addition, there is an Arpeggiator, Strummer, Pattern Player, and Loop Manager. If you’re into live performing, a new Live mode makes that easier than ever, according to the company.
If you don’t already have a collection of sounds in your arsenal, SampleTank may be all you need to handle all sorts of musical projects for TV, movies, or your next hit record — whether you need pop and rock oriented instruments, electronic dance synths or exotic sounds from far-away lands.
Picture Scoring Help
For those who score for picture, SampleTank 4 includes sounds from Miroslav Philharmonik 2, IK Multimedia’s dedicated Orchestral Sample Collection. If film scores are your main occupation, or you are a serious composer of orchestral works, you may want to pick up Miroslav Philharmonik 2 as well for the most comprehensive and full set of Symphonic tools available from IK Multimedia.
In fact, I recommend Miroslav Philharmonik’s orchestral collection, having used an earlier version of it to create the score for The Mind Machine (see it on YouTube by clicking the link), an animated movie I made once upon a time. I found the instrumental samples to be subtle and convincing with ample articulations.
SampleTank 4 can be used as a virtual instrument in your favorite DAW or, if you like, as a standalone instrument to be played live. That is useful if you just want to play the sounds for your own enjoyment (without recording them or even opening your DAW). The standalone is also useful if you want to take the sounds with you out on the road with your band; all you need is to plug in a keyboard controller. It’s like having an amazing synth workstation powered by your computer.
Well, enough talking, let’s get to the video review:
More information about SampleTank 4 can be found at IK Multimedia’s website by clicking this link here.
Have fun making music, whatever your groove might be.