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 ADSR Sample Manager by ADSR is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin and a Standalone Application for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, an AAX Plugin and a Standalone Application.
ADSR Sample Manager
Product ADSR Sample Manager
Developer ADSR
Price (MSRP)
Type / Tags Sample Manager
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
UtilityStand-alone utility / application
Operating System Availability
Download Released
- Released
System Requirements
Minimum Specification: Windows 7 4GB RAM
- Released
System Requirements
Minimum Specification: Mac OS 10.9.x 4GB RAM

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A Smart Sample Management Tool For Your DAW.

ADSR Sample Manager makes your entire sample library searchable and audible directly in your DAW with smart and custom tags. Preview any sample in your library in the context of your track using MIDI or drag audio directly to your project. Standalone and plug-in now included.

The optimal starting point for every production session, ADSR Sample Manager makes organizing, finding and auditioning samples refreshingly simple.

The most effective way to access all your samples at once, ADSR Sample Manager keeps your project in the flow work in standalone or keep all the action right in your DAW:

  • Automatically tags all your samples in a flash.
  • All your samples searchable in an instant.
  • Standalone or VST/AU.
  • Hear samples in the context of your music with MIDI input.
  • Drag samples directly into your project.
  • Key detection and transpose to key.
  • Use multiple instances directly in your project.
  • Loops sync to your project tempo.
  • Trim sample start and end points.
  • Play samples forward, revers or ping pong.
  • Save your favourite sounds and searches.
  • Use with services like Splice, Noiiz and Loopcloud.
  • Instant inspiration with the random button.
  • Unlock your sample library and find the perfect sound.

Ever gotten half way through a track and wished you'd tried a different sound? Do you feel like half your production time is lost to sorting through sample folders and files? Do you even really know what sounds you actually have in your current sample library?

Forget empty promises made at midnight that one day you're going to clean up your hard drive. Download ADSR Sample Manager – it's free and it works.

Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 2.83 from 6 reviews

Reviewed By jettamb
July 26, 2020

Extremely buggy and unstable. The idea is great, and if it worked ok, it would be super-cool, but it crashes multiple times while scanning my library, then it crashes when I'm using it (standalone or VST - doesn't matter).

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Reviewed By tomvbus@hotmail.com
July 26, 2020

2 stars instead of 1 since its free. This is the most unstable plugin I have come across after using hundreds. Been waiting for a fix but company is not prioritizing this plugin to fix. Good luck but highly recommend skipping until new version that is somewhat stable. Absolutely do not try to load a large library into this. It won't work.

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Reviewed By lchrisw67
July 21, 2020

I wasted too much time loading my samply library only to have the program crash when I try to add a tag to more than one file. I did intermittent checks on what I considered important functions and failed to check that one. It's a cool program if it would do what it's supposed to too. I'd try to load only a few of your samples at a time (less than 5GB) and run the program for a few hours before adding anymore.

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Reviewed By rbuck2307
May 16, 2020

First, a word of caution about database sinkholes: it seems like a good idea - a way to easily access all of the audio in your library using searchable tags. A real time saver, right? And this one is free! But what about those tags? Where do they come from? How useful are they to you? Is it easy to edit them? Here's how this one works: when you import libraries, ADSR Sample Manager does an analysis of each file to try an determine some things about it. Is it audio (it does a good job of ignoring non-audio files)? Is it a loop or a one-shot? What is the key? If it's a loop, what tempo? Beyond that, it gets pretty esoteric and iffy. What instrument? What genre? What's the label (creator tag)? And a bunch of other stuff you may or may not find useful. So how well does the ADSR Sample Manager perform this analysis and auto-tagging? Unfortunately, not real well. For the basic stuff (loop/shot, tempo, key) it does ok - maybe 75% accurate. For the other stuff it is wildly inaccurate. Here's an example: after importing most of my 770 GB library, I had 397 files tagged as CAT (I had one sound effect file that was a cat), but zero tagged as BASS (I'm certain I have thousands of files that could be tagged BASS, many have Bass in the file name). Looking at the results of the import/tagging process, I realized I'd have to do a lot of editing to make it useful to me. I really don't need thousands of files tagged DIRTY or DISCO. I spent upwards of forty hours editing tags. Though there are multi-select and edit functions, using them crashes the ADSR Sample Manager (and your DAW) consistently. This does seem to be related to the size of the database - before I imported my entire library I was able to edit multiple files without crashing. So after all that work, I was set to use my timesaving device, right? Wrong, the first time I tried to use it after my massive editing job, it asked to rescan as it seemed to believe the library had changed. I said "sure" and the ADSR Sample Manager began scanning only to crash on completion. Does that every time now. Guess I'll never be able to update my library again...

Long story short, be aware that this "timesaver" may be a time sinkhole. It may be useful to me long-term as it might allow me to search my library more thoroughly and efficiently, but I doubt I'll ever "save" the amount of time I've spent trying to make it work. And the crashing is super annoying.

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Reviewed By Airtones
October 11, 2019

For a free product it's more than enough, it has so many useful features like the possibility of playing samples in reverse in real time (and then export them right away) and it also handles large numbers of files greatly. Thanks ADSR.

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Discussion: Active
28 July 2018 at 11:44am


Oh god. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I need nothing more. I waited for my whole life for this random button.

3 May 2019 at 11:22am

I'd guess you're in my team and think ANY software should have a random button?

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ADSR Sample Manager

Average user rating of 2.83 from 6 reviews

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