SampleTank 4 is IK Multimedia’s flagship workstation virtual synthesizer with up to 260GB of sounds. The new SampleTank 4 Custom Shop kicks you off with 4GB of sound content completely free.
SampleTank 4 Custom Shop
It works in the same way as the Amplitude and T-Racks Custom Shop editions. You get a decent selection of content for free and then they tempt you into buying expansions which you can do directly within the interface. On the one hand it’s genius marketing but on the other you get 50 instruments and 4GB of sound content for nothing. And it’s also new content that’s not been available in the retail version.
The content covers 16 different categories of sound covering all the usual basics and so there’s bound to be something useful in there. For grooves and percussion it also comes with 200 MIDI grooves ready to go.
The interface has the full power of SampleTank 4 with the new browser, disk streaming and the “Groove Players” that help animate you sounds. Most surprisingly is that you get the full mixer including 70 effects which I’d have expected to be an optional upgrade.
What is upgradable is the content. They currently have over 260GB of sounds you can add to your Custom Shop. You can buy expansions individually or upgrade to bigger versions of SampleTank 4. It also supports library from Miroslav and Syntronik.
SampleTank 4 CS is available now for MacOS or Windows and runs standalone or as a VST/AU plugin.