Sample Wrench was born when a group of digital audio hackers were unable to find a waveform/sample editor that did what they wanted and they wrote their own. This package has evolved into a very powerful digital audio editor. Sample Wrench works with Windows 95/98 and NT.
Sample Wrench offers enough effects, filters and sound-mangling tools to keep anyone busy for months. Sample Wrench 5.0 costs $259 for the 24-bit version and $199 for the 16-bit version.
Modulation schemes, rectifiers, transfer functions, dynamics controllers, resynthesis, FFT analysis, acoustic modeling (impulse), noise reduction, click removal, pitch change and harmonization – it’s all here. More conventional effects, like chorus, flange, delay and reverb are also present. Many of them offer real time preview.
Sample Wrench is not a multitrack recorder with effects sends, automated faders and digital submixes. Instead, it’s a stereo or mono waveform editor that performs its magic one file at a time. Processes are destructive – they actually change audio data – but you can undo any action if it leads to regret. Sample Wrench supports numerous audio formats up to 24-bit/96 kHz; all internal processing is done with at least 24-bit precision.
Sample Wrench has many nifty features for those working with samples. One can define and tweak sustain and release points for the file, as well as numerous markers. A clever interactive loop editor makes it easier to get clean sustain loops. It handles various MIDI sample dump formats, supporting dozens of popular MIDI samplers and converts between sample types, making it a great tool for keeping complex sample libraries under control.
Several nice features make it easy to really capitalize on Sample Wrench’s power and make the software work for you. Sample Wrench offers extensive batch file and macro capabilities, user-definable screen views with hot keys, unlimited effects presets, definable time and amplitude scales and more. Thanks to its Visual Basic interface, you can even customize the software or write your own effects if you speak the language.
There’s not much to complain about with Sample Wrench. I was disappointed to find no filter effects with resonance in Sample Wrench. Also, it takes a while to learn that the space bar will start playback but won’t stop it (that requires shift-spacebar).
Besides these minor gripes, Sample Wrench 5.0 is stable, easy to use and ridiculously powerful. If you work with digital audio or samples, this package is definitely worth a closer look. Contact Dissidents at 315-797-0343; or cirlce Reader Service 113.