Software Instruments

Sampler

by Ableton

Sampler is a sampling instrument that brings powerful multisample playback and import, as well as profound sound design capabilities to Ableton Live.

In-depth

Sampler is Ableton's advanced sampling instrument. It's extremely versatile, combining traditional sampling features with advanced sound design and synthesis. Sampler can handle any kind of multi-gigabyte instrument library you care to name--including AKAI S1000, S3000, GigaStudio, EXS, SoundFont and (non-encrypted) Kontakt. But the fun really starts when you go in deep and start sound-shaping--Sampler gives you intuitive control over every detail of your sound. Be prepared to create vibrant and complex sounds from even the most basic audio source material.

This movie covers the basics and demonstrates what a difference Sampler can make to your music.

Multisampler

Import third-party libraries or create and edit your own multisamples. You can manage an unlimited number of sample zones, including key and velocity ranges as well as crossfades, all using the intuitive graphical editor. Each zone provides numerous creative playback and looping options. Sampler imports multisamples and sound design parameters (for features that Sampler and the source format have in common) from libraries in formats including: AKAI S1000, S3000, GigaStudio, EXS, SoundFont and (non-encrypted) Kontakt. Sampler employs SmartPriming to prevent RAM shortage and annoying loading times.

Multimode morphing filter

Sampler's unique processing and modulation capabilities allow you to explore every aspect of your samples. Each voice is processed with a multimode filter. Filter types include morphing filters, so you can seamlessly morph from low-pass to band-pass to high-pass to notch and back with a single control. Sampler also features a polyphonic saturation stage for adding just the right amount of warmth to your sound.

Polyphonic modulation

Sampler can apply polyphonic modulation to sample start, loop position and loop length parameters. A dedicated modulation oscillator allows samples to be frequency- or amplitude-modulated, allowing for selective harmonic or disharmonic enrichment of the original timbres. Three LFOs, five multimode envelopes and various MIDI inputs serve as modulation sources. The ability to modulate not only post-processing but also the sample playback characteristics creates possibilities similar to wavetable and granular synthesis.
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Built for Live

Sampler is an extremely powerful instrument, but it's still easy to get results thanks to its familiar, intuitive user interface. Sampler integrates perfectly with Live, drawing much of its power from Live's features. Modulate Sampler with clip envelopes and Arrangement automation, or use your MIDI controller for real-time hands-on tweaking. Stack multiple Samplers to create layers and splits, add MIDI and audio effects, and save your creation as a Rack for future use. You can even pack entire Live projects, including the samples used by Sampler, for easy collaboration with other Live users.

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