Developer Magix, which acquired the Samplitude brand and software in 2000, has released version X4 of the Magix Samplitude Pro DAW. Honestly, it’s a bit of a catch-up release, for the changes it introduces have been part of most major DAWs’ workflow for quite a while. X4 brings the following:
- Automation lanes – automation data is now laid out in subtracks of your audio tracks.
- Plug-in browser – for quick access to virtual instruments and effects.
- Optimizations – 32 CPU cores support and new MIDI editing functions
A bunch of new virtual instruments by third-party developers have been introduced as well. These are:
- Analog Synth 2
- Century Keys
- Grand piano
- Power guitar
- Orchestra Ensemble
So plenty of VI’s to tinker with on your way to your next unfinished masterpiece. I know, not too much to get excited about here, but Samplitude X4 is a definite step forward for a piece of software that’s well-loved in audio circles.
Samplitude Pro X4 costs EUR 399, while Pro X4 Suite is EUR 599. You can also subscribe for just EUR 12.50 / month, which makes Samplitude one of the most accessible feature-complete DAWs out there. Then again, ProTools is EUR 20 or so per month, and Tracktion is completely free, so Samplitude will still face some difficulty in competing. Regardless – good stuff as always, Magix!