Berlin, Germany (October 3, 2006)–Ableton’s new Sampler is an advanced sound design and sound-sculpting instrument available as an upgrade within Ableton Live 6. In addition to providing host integration, Sampler offers fresh sound design possibilities through its unique processing and modulation options.
When combined with the Instrument and Effect Racks in Live 6, multiple Samplers provide unprecedented depth of control, automation and sonic possibilities.
“Sampler is a powerful sound design tool that takes advantage of all that Live 6 has to offer,” said Ableton CEO and co-founder Gerhard Behles. “More importantly, Sampler’s interface is familiar to the Live user, which results in a painless learning curve and maximum fun inside the program.”
Each instance of Sampler can host any number of sample zones. Key and velocity ranges as well as crossfades can be defined using a graphical editor. Numerous playback and looping options can also be set up for each zone. Sampler helps with mapping and also helps find appropriate loop points. Most importantly, Sampler integrates perfectly with Live. Its GUI will be instantly familiar to users accustomed to Live’s look and feel. Its short loading times and efficient handling of large-volume libraries provide the sensation of a light-weight yet powerful engine.
As with any Ableton instrument, users can modulate Sampler’s controls with clip envelopes, stack Samplers, attach effects and save projects including all samples used by Sampler to send to a colleague for collaboration.
Sampler avoids RAM shortages and loading-wait times by employing Live’s disk preloading technology. Sampler also gracefully imports common sample formats, including AKAI S1000, S3000, GigaStudio, EXS, SoundFont and (non-encrypted) Kontakt. Sampler can also access and edit Ableton’s own Essential Instrument Collection shipping with each boxed version of Live 6.
Save $35 on Sampler when purchasing it together with Live.