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Sampla - Hip Hop Production Sampler is a virtual sampler plug-in designed for fast and professional quality sampling, and beat creation for hip hop producers everywhere.
Sampla's unique design bridges the gap between MPC-style sampling and the computer based virtual instrument environment. Sampla allows users to easily record, slice, loop, and assign (keymap) their own recorded samples as well as any of their own wav, acid, aiff, and mp3 samples. In addition to the flexibility provided by Sampla's sampler engine, Sampla's "Learn Mode" allows users to interface their MIDI pad controllers and controller keyboards directly with Sampla. Whether the user is using a MIDI keyboard, MPC pad controller, or just their computer by itself, Sampla is designed to put serious control in the producer's hands.
Additionally Sampla is packed with a diverse and extensive factory sound bank, all recorded and programmed by SONiVOX's sound design team, with over 250 high end instrument presets and pad layouts. Included are acoustic and electronic drumkits, basses, keyboards, leads, guitars, strings, brass, pads, vocals, symphonic construction kits, scensorship bleeps and blips, as well as a selection of loops from the SONiVOX LoopLine series.
User Interface 7/10
The good side: It's like working with an mpc, there are little buttons all over to lcick to get things done, like importing samples, changing views, etc. For someone moving to a DAW from an MPC this could be a positive
The bad side: I like everything laid out in plain view, for me, i wasn't too hot on it, but i could find everything
apart from the slicing feature it does nothing your standard bundled DAW or freeware sampler doesn't, a single filter, an envelope, an LFO for the filter, EQ, chorus, and delay.
For those in need of slicing, it works pretty well. The automapping to MIDI is definitely handy, but something i prefer to do in other vst's (or rather, natively in ableton)
It brings nothing new, or nothing very "oldskool" either. It could have done with a bitcrusher and saturator for some "flava"
I'll admit it, I first looked into this for inspiration. To play with some preset slices, throw down some synth hooks, and get new ideas.
WOW was I let down. The sounds of an MPC are nowhere here... they are closer to the bundled sounds of fruity loops.
If you want to produce some dirty south uber phat "rap beatz" to put on youtube, then the samples will work for you. For anything oldschool, genre pushing, or "dope", look elsewhere.
The demos of this plugin sound promising, but they are the perfect combination of the best loops in this pack. If you dont throw it all together like that, i doubt it would sound exciting.
Price vs Value
You're essentially paying for an automapping, slicing sampler here, with a lot of bundled content that is very very bland.
If you're willing to part with $150 for an automapping slicer, go for it. Me? I'll stick to ableton, or freeware for that matter.
Oh so glad I demoed it before purchasing. At first I was excited as I was starting a wonky/j dilla style project, and wanted some MPC inspiration.
Deleted it an hour after I installed it, yikes!Read Review