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IK Multimedia has announced that SampleTank 3, the sound and groove workstation for Mac OS X and Windows, is now shipping.

SampleTank 3 features a 33 GB sound library (containing over 4,000 instruments), 64-bit compatibility, completely redesigned user interface, 55 high-quality effects, new loop and groove management and an enhanced sample engine.

SampleTank 3 gives musicians a wider selection than ever before, with over 4,000 instruments to choose from in 21 categories that stretch across every genre and style imaginable — everything from acoustic to electric, ethnic to electronic and beyond.

All of SampleTank 3's sounds have been sampled and crafted by IK's team of professional audio engineers, with new lifelike expressiveness thanks to SampleTank 3 multiple articulations and new "round-robin" features. Musicians will enjoy the depth and nuance of their favorite instruments like never before: SampleTank 3's pianos, drums, basses, guitars, synthesizers, brass, strings, vocals and other more exotic sounds shine brightly and stand out in any mix with little-to-no adjustment required.

An elegant, easy to use, interface
Harnessing the power of SampleTank has never been easier thanks to its freshly redesigned user interface. Its workflow has been streamlined into three main pages that let you work with 16 distinct "parts, " which operate like a channel on a mixing board or a track in a DAW: The Play interface is where you'll play, search, browse, layer and adjust SampleTank 3's instruments. The Mix interface gives you the flexibility of a multitrack console-style DAW mixer that lets you process sound through SampleTank 3's many versatile effects. And the Edit interface lets you tweak sounds through a full-featured synthesizer engine, 3 advanced sampling engines and a host of 10 filters. Now you have not only the power but also the ease-of-control to create any sound you desire.

Get into the groove
Want to start jamming over complete tracks? Now you can with SampleTank 3's new built-in MIDI engine. It lets you build rhythmic tracks from its library of 2,500 audio loops and 2,000 MIDI patterns. And no matter what kind of grooves you decide to create, you'll always end up with the highest sound quality: its rhythm section has been recorded by some of the finest drummers and percussionists in the world. You can even drag and drop to export your groove constructions and beats to your DAW of choice.

Three powerful engines
SampleTank's three engines go beyond traditional resampling (which you can find in any sampler). It offers advanced pitch-shifting and time-stretching engines for loops and grooves. And its unique formant preserving STRETCH engine provides a high level of realism when dealing with vocals, woodwinds, brass, and other organic sounds. These features allow for a virtually unlimited assortment of creative sample effect combinations. With SampleTank 3, users will enjoy these engines even more as it's been optimized for quick sample load times and light CPU usage.

Enough effects to fill a recording studio
SampleTank 3 comes with 55 effects. All of these have been derived from IK's T-RackS and AmpliTube software and feature "eye-catching graphics and ear-pleasing sound that will make you feel like you're in the recording studio with some of the most coveted audio hardware of all time". You get vintage-modeled effects — like AmpliTube's Chorus1, UniV and TapeEcho — which sound great on keyboard, guitar and bass samples. You also get a full suite of outboard processors from T-RackS — like the Black 76, White 2A and Model 670 compressors — which will help you give your drums a visceral punch.

Watch the SampleTank 3 overview video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwJLZo-xDWY

Pricing and availability

SampleTank 3 is available now from music and electronics retailers worldwide and from the IK Online store until September 30, 2014, at introductory prices as low as $149/€119.99 for SampleTank 2 XL or Miroslav Philharmonik full users; $199/€159.99 for users of any other paid IK software, hardware or app; and $299.99/€239* for new users. Afterwards, the final price will increase to $199.99/€159.99, $249.99/€199.99 and $349.99/€279.99 respectively. The boxed version will be shipping in the second half of August 2014.

* Prices are excluding Taxes. JamPoints can be used. Invoicing and charge will be made at order receipt, and product will be shipped by end of July.

Users who purchased and registered SampleTank 2 XL, Miroslav Philharmonik full, Total Workstation, or Total Studio up to 2009 will automatically receive free JamPoints in their User Area. Use these free JamPoints (45 JamPoints if you are purchasing it in Dollar, 36 JamPoints if you are purchasing it in EUR) on the IK Online Store to redeem 30% off the introductory price of SampleTank 3.

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