In SampleTron 2 you’ll find some deep sampling of vintage Mellotron and Chamberlin tapes along with new sounds and the ability to run your own samples through the tape modelling DSP.
This is a huge collection with over 400 “tracks” sampled from Mellotrons, Chamberlins, plus some other vintage digital oddities such as the Mattel Optigan, Vako Orchestron and 360 Systems Digital Keyboard. There are 10 models in total. It builds on the library from the first SampleTron and greatly expands upon it.
All the controls are there from the original, all lavishly rendered, along with the ability to load 3 tracks for each preset.
The tape processing engine lets you add that Tron sound to all your own samples and instruments. With functions like Erosion, Wow, Noise, Bias, Flutter and Tape Snaps you can vintage the heck out of your sounds. Under another panel you’ll find some synth style controls for fine-tuning the sounds, different types of filter, envelopes and so on.
As is the way with IK instruments it comes with a rack full of modelled effects including a channel strip, tape echo, chorus, ensemble, rotary and a new Vintage Plate Reverb from Amplitube 5 and Mixbox.
And what does it sound like? Well, judging by this video it sounds fantastic.
There’s a definite vibe to tape-based instruments that sounds like nothing else. In some ways, for me at least, it goes into that bracket along with vocoders where they sound so distinctive that they are hard to use in a mix. But the video proves me wrong!
SampleTron 2 can also be used as a library within SampleTank 4 but it otherwise available standalone or as a plugin for an introductory price of €149.