Our chums at Italian music software developer IK Multimedia have posted an upgrade to SampleTank, the software synth/sampler which received a Keyboard magazine "best of the best" at this years Winter NAMM show.
Here's the skinny inna press release stylee;
Among the powerful new features included in the 1.1 version are:
G4 Altivec optimization (Mac) - SampleTank is now optimised for the G4 processor and boasts a performance that is almost double that of the previous release. On a G4 533 SampleTank will achieve a maximum of 128 polyphony notes and more than 90 notes in the new High Quality mode.
Dual Processor support - The new SampleTank 1.1 now fully supports a dual processor architecture, both in Windows 2000 (and NT) and Mac OS. Advanced MP (multiprocessor) modes in both Cubase VST and Logic can now be enabled.
DJ and L version can play all SampleTank sounds With the imminent release of additional IK and third party instrument and sound sets, the previous restriction of the 1.0 DJ and L version playing only the included sounds has been lifted. By updating to version 1.1 DJ and L users will be able to play all the sounds available in SampleTank format.
Selectable, resampling/repitching engine The new SampleTank 1.1 now offers two selectable play modes for its sampling engine:
High Performance: this is equivalent to the play mode available in version 1.0, offering the highest performance of 128 notes polyphony on the current generation of computers.
High Quality: this is a new mode which allows for an even better sounding engine
The new algorithm provides a very flat frequency response at the high end and, even more importantly, a very low, almost immeasurable, aliasing noise. In musical terms this delivers a more "open" and "focused" sound that means single tracks blend better together, resulting in more detailed and musical mixes.
A, B, C, D parameters implemented in the Akai conversion utility The new v1.1 ST converter automatically creates a set of user controllers for the converted instruments. The parameters converted and assigned to the A, B, C and D controls are: A: Attack - B: Release - C: Cutoff - D: Tuning This gives the ability to easily tweak these parameters of the AKAI program.
SampleTank 1.1 is available as free download to all previous registered users at www.sampletank.com.