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SampleMoog, the "Moog Synth Anthology Virtual Instrument", is a cooperation between IK Multimedia, Moog Music and Sonic Reality. It includes the sounds of all the most sought-after Moog synthesizers spanning the entire Moog history, in an easy-to-use, sample-based virtual instrument "powered by SampleTank". SampleMoog offers over 1,700 basses, leads, pads and effects' sounds from the very first Moog Modular systems to a variety of different Minimoogs to Taurus Bass Pedals, Polymoogs, Memorymoogs and more.
Software features: SampleMoog is based on the SampleTank engine, offering unique proprietary features like one-click sound browsing, multiple synth-engines including real-time harmonic manipulation of the waves, built-in vintage multi-effects and fast loading samples for studio or playing live. SampleMoog not only brings you the classic analog sound of Moog but also goes far beyond by combining it with the modern technology of the SampleTank engine, which includes physical modeling effects and IK's exclusive STRETCH.
- 16 part multi-timbral sample-based synth.
- Stand-alone and plug-in for VST, AU, RTAS on Mac/PC.
- 2 synth engines (Resampling and STRETCH).
- Built-in multi-effects with 4 effects per part selectable on 32 high-quality DSP effects, with BPM sync.
- Over 50 synth controls with Mono/Poly/Legato modes with selectable Legato, 2 LFOs, 2 Envelopes, syncable LBF/BPF/HPF Filters, Velocity, Range and Macro controls.
- Sounds can also be read by SampleTank 2.5 and up.
Sound features: 16 Moog synthesizers have been meticulously sampled and programmed by IK and Sonic Reality's sound designers. There are over 600 multi-sampled sounds with over 1,000 preset patches totaling more than 4GB of samples in SampleMoog, from the rarest vintage models to the most modern top of the range Moog synthesizers, including:
- Modular Moog 3C.
- Modular Moog 15.
- Modular Moog 55.
- Minimoog Model D.
- Moog Taurus I.
- Moog Prodigy.
- Moog Multimoog.
- Moog Vocoder.
- Moog/Realistic Concertmate MG-1.
- Moog Source.
- Moog Rogue.
- Etherwave Theremin.
- Moog Voyager.
- Moog Little Phatty.
Reviewed By Ingonator
October 25, 2008
Sample Moog from IK multimedia is supposed to be a "Moog Synth Anthhology". It contains more than 4 GB of samples and 1700 patches which were done in cooparation with Moog Music and Sonic Reality. Included Instruments are : Minimoog Model D, Moog Modular 3C, Moog Modular 15, Moog Modular 55, Memorymoog, Multimoog, Prodigy, Source, Polymoog, Concertmate MG-1, Taurus 1, Vocoder, Etherwave Theremin, Minimoog Voyager, Little Phatty. Maybe the most complete sample collection ever. SampleMoog is based on the SampleTank engine and contains two different synth engines (resampling and new STRETCH-engine). STRETCh means Sampletank Time REsynthesis TeCHnology.
The user interface is known from Sampletank but the GUI has the typical Moog style like Minimoog switches and rotary knobs. The interface is very easy to use, the only bad thing is the small text in both GUI and browser. Patches are organized by Instrument. A possibility to search for categories would be nice. Only the Multis are sorted after categories.
This is the most important point for me and in one word the sound is fantastic. I owned a Minimoog Model D for some months so i know how it sounds. In my opinion this sounds better than dedicated Moog softsynths like the Arturia stuff or Minimonsta. For shure it does not have the sound creation possibilities of the full synth but the sheer number of patches lets you forget about that. There are hundreds of really useful leads, many (also hundreds) interesting and nice pads and of course basses and FX. Some nice pads are based on monophonic synths like the Minimoog because the engine allows to play them polyphonic. You can turn some bass sounds into nice leads by changing the pitch 1 or 2 octaves higher.
As a conclusion i can say that all typical Moog leads, basses, pads, polysynth, brass, and FX patches are contained. Not contained are Arped or sequenced patches but the the basic patches for an external sequencer are there..
The features of the engine more or less correspond to the Sampletank 2.5 engine. It's 16 part multitimral and split and/or layer zones could be set. The keyboard can be easily transposed.
Play modes for each element are are Mono, Poly and Legato 1 or 2. Rotary knobs for Portamento time, Main volume and Pan are present in every patch. Two rows for controls are there, the lower for FX (like EQ, compressor, Gain, Delay, Reverb, flanger, phaser, chorus...) and the upper which can be switched between controls for "range, macro, synth, filter, ENV1 (Amp), ENV2 (Filter), LFO1, LFO2 and VEL (Velocity)". Some features :
RANGE = transpose, velocity amount
MACRO = cutoff, resonance, keytrack
SYNTH = switch for RESAMP (resampling enngine) and STRETCH (STRETCH engine), pitch, fine tune, bender, pan
A) RESAMP = Pitch, Fine, Bender, Pan
B) STRETCH = pitch, fine, Bender, Pan, Harm pres, Hrmncs (Harmonics)
FILTER = type (LPF, BPF, HPF), slope (8, 12, 24 dB/oct), Freq (Cutoff), Res (resonance)
ENV1 = Amp envelope: attack, hold, decay, sustain, release, level
ENV2 ) Filter envelope: attack, hold, decay, sustain, release, filter (env amount), pitch
LFO1 = Wave, rate, depth, delay, level, pitch, filter, switches:BPM sync + free run
LFO2 = Wave, rate, depth, level, pitch, filter, pan, switch: BPM sync
VEL = veloocity modulation:Curve, amp, filter, pitch, res, lfo1depth, env2sus
1700 presets, sorted by instrument. Like i said in sound almost all kind of Moog leads, basses, pads polysynths, brasses and FX are contained. Some multis are contained, sorted by category. Bad thing is that the single presets are not sorted by category. The quality of the presets is so good that i give a 10. The most important thing is that most of the patches are really usable which could not be said about many other softsynths. No Arp or sequencer sounds contained, for that i use VAZ Modular or Sylenth1. Which Moog synth had an arpeggiator anyway ?? I think it was only the Source. From some synths the basic waveforms are contained for programming your own patches.
The documentation is quite good, t explains al features of the synth and is easy to understand.
VALUE FOR MONEY
Just think about buying all the original synths in this package. I guess you must sell your house or atb least your new Mercedes for this. You can use the samples in the full version of Sampletank.
Based on the quality and the sheer number of patches i would say that the price is not too high for this even if it's not "a steal".
I run it on a PC with a Core2Quad QX6600, Windows Vista and Ableton Live 7.0.10. The Standalone version and the VSt work 100% stable and is very CPU friendly.
Haven't dealt much with them, so i'll give an average rating.
I would recommend this synth to anyone who is interested in authentoc Moog sounds without spending thousands of euros for the real synths. It'a a kind of library for Moog sounds.Read more