IK Multimedia's SampleTron is a virtual instrument that combines the authentic recreation of "Tron" sounds such as Mellotrons, Chamberlins, and Optigans with the powerful editing and playback features of the SampleTank engine. No other product allows you to manipulate, process and stretch such gritty, emotional and quirky lo-fi sounds all from within a single powerful and easy to use interface like SampleTron.
SampleTron is a virtual instrument made for many styles from hip hop to electronic to classic rock and offers some of the most unique musically useful tones you can imagine. From the nostalgic sounds used by The Beatles, Moody Blues, Genesis, Yes and other rock bands of the 60's and 70's to the modern production of artists like Kanye West, Smashing Pumpkins and Beck to new sonic creations now possible only with SampleTron, the sounds in this package are diverse, powerful and inspiring.
SampleTron brings the "tron" sounds into new music. Through careful sampling of some of the world's best-kept machines, IK Multimedia and Sonic Reality have been able to preserve a wide-ranging cross section of memorable tones. But this is only a piece of the magic.
SampleTron also harnesses the power of the SampleTank engine, which allows these instruments to be taken into new sonic worlds quickly and easily. You can layer up to 16 instruments at a time to create lush soundscapes, or create key-splits for easy playability of several instruments at the same time across the entire range of your keyboard. Affect these tones with up to four simultaneous effects, selectable from a huge 32-effect library of killer delays, choruses, flangers, distortions, and reverbs, as well as exclusive synth-based effects such as FM and AM modulation, Lo-Fi, and Slicer.
The SampleTron synth engine also provides three different sample engine types - Resampling, Pitch-Shift/Time-Stretch, and STRETCH - to truly twist and re-shape your sound into something never before heard. The Resample engine performs just like traditional synthesizers.
SampleTron gives you full control of its powerful synth engine through the SYNTH-SAMPLER section. Here you can control more than 50 parameters divided into 9 sections: Synth, Range, Filter, Macro, Envelope 1-2, LFO 1-2, and Velocity. Plus, SampleTron has a MIDI control feature that lets you assign any of the 50 parameters per part to an associated control, giving you instant access to your favorite controls from your keyboard.
SampleTron contains an integrated multi-effects engine which offers high quality DSP effects (reverbs, delays, filter envelopes, wahs, choruses, preamp and cabinet emulators, etc.) giving you maximum flexibility, creativity, and realism to all the instruments. All of the effects are world-class and have been derived from the award-winning AmpliTube and T-RackS programs and are chosen specifically for sound shaping. Since the original Trons' sounds were actually recorded onto tape and triggered by key presses, the actual length of the sound was limited, thus no looping unless you knew exactly where the end of the sample was. This provided some pretty cool effects and forced players to be creative "on the fly." SampleTron is true to this feature, allowing approximately 8 seconds of a sound to play. But, with the use of the macro "SUS" control, you can set SampleTron to "sustain" the sound indefinitely. So really it's the best of both worlds -"true to the original" performance, or modern features and functionality.
You'll get over 600 preset sounds with SampleTron, all organized in one of the fastest sound browsers of any Sample-based virtual instrument. Its clear folder structure (which reflects your folder's organization on your hard-disk) is enhanced with a collapsible folder view, making it easy to pick the right sounds among thousands in a flash. Plus, you can also add customized searchable keywords to the built-in factory keywords to find sounds, using SampleTron's exclusive built-in sound Database.
SampleTron truly is the modern successor to the "tron" family of instruments, and is a superb addition to every producer's library. From hip-hop and R&B to electronica and film scores, this historically significant instrument enhanced with modern technological advancements will elevate your compositions and performances to new levels.
- Synth Engines
Newly enhanced STRETCH
- SampleTron Macro Controls
Sustain: allows the samples to stop (more authentic), or loop continuously (more easily playable)
Tone: makes the sound brighter or darker, much like the "tone" knob on the Mellotron
Key release: switches between the abrupt cutoff of the classic "trons", and a more natural cutoff for optimal performance
Noise resonance: controls how much noise is heard in the sound
Reverb, spring reverb, reverb delay, ambience, delay
Filter, envelope filter, multi filter, wah-wah
Chorus, multi chorus, phaser, flanger, envelope flanger
AM modulation, FM modulation
Auto pan, tremolo, rotary speaker
Lo-fi, distortion, phonograph, crusher, overdrive
Pre amp, tone control, cabinet
Parametric EQ, channel strip, compressor, limiter, slicer
- Performance Modes
Sample based sounds (parent): 279
Preset sounds (child): 415
Total sounds: 694 Total size: 1.8 GB
- Works as a standalone application, as well as a plug-in
- Fully compatible with Mac OS X (Universal Binary), and Windows (XP/Vista)
- Supported plug-in formats: VST, RTAS, and AU
- More than 600 sounds, and 1.8 GB of samples included
- 16 part multitimbral
- 256 notes polyphony
- 16 individual stereo outputs
- Mix view and full mix parameters control
- 32 DSP-based multi-effects
- Range control allows for creating complex splits and layers
- Total sound editing with full access to 50 synth-sampler engine controls
- Instrument browsing
- BPM syncable LFOs
- Portamento time control
- Zone feature for single sample accurate editing
- Part volume/pan controls
- Expanded easy to use full MIDI control
- Part and combi preset save features
- Convenient back-up function
- Search function
- Sounds can be read by SampleTank 2