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SampleTank 4 MAX by IK Multimedia is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin and a Software Application for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an AAX Plugin and a Standalone Application.
Windows (64-bits)

Minimal: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2 (Intel Core i5 suggested), 4 GB of RAM (8 GB suggested), Windows 7 or later. 40 GB (SampleTank 4 SE), 128 GB (SampleTank 4), 256 GB (SampleTank 4 MAX) of hard drive space.

Requires an ASIO compatible sound card.
Requires an OpenGL 2 compatible graphics adapter.

Supported Plug-in formats (64-bit): VST 3, AAX.
Mac (64-bits)

Minimal: Intel Core 2 Duo (Intel Core i5 suggested), 4 GB of RAM (8 GB suggested), macOS 10.10 or later. 40 GB (SampleTank 4 SE), 128 GB (SampleTank 4), 256 GB (SampleTank 4 MAX) of hard drive space.

Requires an OpenGL 2 compatible graphics adapter.

Supported Plug-in formats (64-bit): Audio Units, VST 3, AAX.
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We are proud to announce the next generation of IK's legendary sound and groove workstation, SampleTank 4. This update is re-designed from the ground up to be every musician's "go to" music creation workstation. SampleTank 4 is now available for pre-order, click here to buy now.

SampleTank 4 MAX is the largest sample library IK has ever produced, over 250 GB including over 200 GB of all-new sounds. That's 8,000 sounds in total. The new library features high-end recordings of all new concert pianos, keyboards, guitars, bass, drums, strings, brass, synths, vocals, percussion and more, all with articulations and round robins for the most realistic performance yet, with over 120,000 new samples added. SampleTank 4 also adds 13 new effects, for a grand total of 70 studio-quality effects. Effects like these have never before been heard in a virtual instrument – they're all derived from IK's industry-leading AmpliTube and T-RackS software.

The new sound engine offers powerful, more creative sound design. Working with multiple sounds has been made easier with a new dedicated Layer interface that enables setting up layers and split-points for up to 16 simultaneous sounds. Editing is more powerful, too. Choose from 16 modeled filters, edit envelopes, oscillators, portamento, polyphony and more. Users can edit an entire sound or access individual articulations, zones, or single samples, for the deepest level of control.

A new, cutting-edge modulation matrix allows for linking sources like envelopes, LFOs and oscillators to almost any control, for designing intricate soundscapes.

Thanks to SampleTank 4's completely redesigned GUI, the interface is now fully scalable/zoomable to re-size conveniently on any type of modern displays. Plus, a new cutting-edge sound engine offers efficient hard-disk streaming, meaning sounds load faster than ever and perform like never before. The re-designed Sound Browser lets users browse, filter and search by style, genre and mood to find inspiring sounds faster. Dig deep into each element of your sound for a level of customization and personalization like no other. Layer, mix, apreggiate, loop, add effects, and more all in the same program. Create and save all of your effects to revisit them when needed.

SampleTank 4 makes it easier than ever to hit the stage. A unique, re-designed Live mode offers fingertip-ready controls for live performance and lets users build an entire set list and create song presets. SampleTank 4 is designed to work with any standard MIDI controller, from keyboards, to pads, and more. This allows for seamless integration in both studio and live settings.

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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.00 from 1 review

SampleTank 4 MAX
Reviewed By glokraw
November 5th, 2019

What is the point of buying a software like ST4 Max, with so many sounds?

Look away from the shiny thing you just bought, and focus. Focus on one kind of sound Ignore the thousands of others, or they will blind and bury you in the same grave with your muse.

You don't have to install everything, let alone everything at once. Have a good plan, and a good purpose, and you will achieve good results. Max includes the SampleTank 3 sounds, so there's a goodly warehouse of sounds to deal with.

It's like having a sports team in some ways, star players, surrounded by good players, with a few average players, and you hope to win a few times, when everyone contributes.

My initial focus is on acoustic guitar sounds. Someone else may seek cellos, pianos or drumkits or fill_in_the_blank. I may want some choirs, brass and bells in December, but they can wait, or I'll lose focus, and learn nothing about which guitars are the stars, and which are role players.

Beware, some who buy Max may already own SampleTank 3, and perhaps Syntronik, or a legacy of ST 2.5 sounds. Enter the dilemma of preset tagging mania, with a hundred gig of sounds in the tag lists, before Max has even taken the boots off, and put on the studio slippers. I have not read the manual yet, so I'm hoping it will be easy to remove IK products from the browser system if desired.

If one has a vast number of sounds, the tagging can be too good of a thing, and by relying on it, rather than actually becoming familiar with the sounds, you might easily miss the best choice, simply because you quickly found a 'good' one.

Easy to miss the star, and make do with a role player. I plan on a leisurely year, rather than a manic month, to study what I paid for.

In my case, I'll sometimes put Syntronik and SampleTank 3 on tracks, before loading Max, simply to avoid the browser clutter, and start with familiar things. Then, cherry-pick new sounds in an uncluttered ST4, easier when stress is minimized. Plenty of time to peacefully get familiar with the collective of new ST4 sounds. ST4 also has a strummer and arpeggiator waiting, as well as a bundle of effects and deep editing possibilities.

More advanced users will of course be able to accelerate faster. For many users, there will be a dozen or two simple actions used repeatedly, to build enjoyable and diverse combos of sounds. The interface won't be hard to master, some icons, some lists, some panels, a mixer, and plenty of sounds to choose from.

Take off the racing gloves and goggles, put on some coffee, and enjoy making something special you'll want to hear over and over again.

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