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SampleTank FREEbyIK Multimedia
 SampleTank FREE by IK Multimedia is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and an RTAS Plugin.
SampleTank FREE
Product SampleTank FREE
Developer IK Multimedia
Price (MSRP) Free
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Operating System Availability
Download Released
 2.5.5.b  Downloads Released
 2.5.5.b  Downloads Released
Supported Sample Formats (loads or saves) include
AIFF, Akai, SampleCell II, SampleTank, SDII, WAV
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionOnline Activation (Challenge / Response)

SampleTank FREE is a full-featured version of SampleTank 2.5, with a 500 MB specially selected samples library. It is no longer limited - you can load multiple instances, it opens ALL SampleTank format sounds, has import functionality, and the ability to create your own user presets.


  • Over 500 MB samples for over 200 sounds included.
  • 16 part multi-timbral with easy layerable/mixable parts.
  • 3 synth engines:
    • STRETCH (formant preserving pitch-shift/time-stretch).
    • Polyphonic Pitch-Shift/Time-Stretch (PS/TS).
    • Resampling.
  • Powerful multi-effects section:
    • 5 insert effects per Part.
    • 5 Send effects.
    • Master effects.
  • 33 built-in DSP effects derived from audio processors like T-RackS and AmpliTube.
  • Part and Master Loop Sync.
  • Can be expanded with: SampleTank 2.5 L and XL sounds and any "Powered by SampleTank" sound modules including Miroslav Philharmonik, Sonik Synth 2, SampleMoog, SampleTron.
  • Can be expanded with any Xpansion Tank 2 sounds.
  • Imports WAV, AIFF, SDII, AKAI S-1000/3000, SAMPLECELL.
  • Available both as a standalone application as well as a plug-in.
  • VST, RTAS, and AU on Mac OS X/Windows.
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1 July 2012 at 7:14pmDaddytine

I am struggling to use sample tank! I run ableton on my mac and the samples come out sounding like they wanna kill my ears! Not good! I've read other stuff about sample tank not running well in ableton, does anyone know about this?

take it easy peeps!


10 September 2012 at 8:37amassaf416

does anybody know how to connect multiple keyboards to a single sampletank

I'm trying to build a setup based on a single sampletank to play prog rock music ( so I need many keyboards )

I like the sounds of sample tank, but I can't seems to connect more than one keyboard at a time.

is there a walk around? can I make a virtual MIDI bridge? it looks like you can send 16 channels to sampletank. so I guess I need a trick how to re-route all the MIDI keyboards to a single device? I can do that in Linux but not in windows... I'm lost here..

thanks, for the help.

20 August 2013 at 6:10pmfrankz00

You probably need an intermediary program if you are unable to daisy chain keyboards. In Reaper, you can open multiple MIDI devices on a track and have it pass-through the source channel numbers.

23 August 2013 at 3:09amgxulien

Hi frankz00, If you have sampletank working as a plug-in for reaper, can I ask you what file you put in the 32-bit program files VST folder? I tried all the files from the .vpa to the .xrs to the standalone and the .dxi, but Reaper can't see it.

27 August 2013 at 8:21pmfrankz00

All I have in my VST folder is SampleTank2.x.dll. The .dxi files are system installed and Reaper should list them under the DXi section under effects.

29 August 2013 at 4:35amgxulien

Hi frankz00 - I run windows, but I suggest you do a search for sampletank.x. I discovered two or three files I needed besides the .dll to make the thing go. Besides the .dxi, there was a vs something. Anyway, get all the sampletank.x files in your VST folder.

22 July 2014 at 9:52pmminehead

will the free Reg'd version be eligible for the Sampletank 3 Sweetwater upgrade ? I just found out from my sales rep that the ship date is being upped to the 24th and the 23rd is the LAST DAY TO PREORDER !! I was given the free version after I bought SampleMOOG, SampleTRON, Sonik Synth 2 and many expansions for ST & SS. I've called for days and get a recording, I have opened tickets, and so far I've heard NOTHING FROM IK !! thanks very much.

22 July 2014 at 11:49pmfizzicist

Here's an excerpt from the email sent by IKM yesterday in answer to your question:

  • "This is the final week to pre-order SampleTank 3 for as low as $99.99/€79.99 if you own SampleTank 2 XL or Miroslav Philharmonik full. You can also crossgrade for just $149.99/€119.99 if you own any other paid IK software, hardware or app. Hurry, there are only a few days left!".

SampleTank Free doesn't qualify you for the pre-order upgrade price. You have to own SampleTank 2XL or Miroslav Philharmonik full to get the $99.99 price. But since you own SampleMoog, SampleTron, and SoniSynth you qualify for the crossgrade price.

23 July 2014 at 1:58ammrwiz2rd9

thanks I already own sampletank 2.5.

23 July 2014 at 2:08amgxulien

Thanks for the heads up! The color scheme of the original interface was kind of cool, BUT TOO SMALL! I'm sure they got tons of hate mail about this. It looks like they fixed this and it's great they have a MIDI engine now. Maybe my Sonic Synth won't keep crashing now.

23 July 2014 at 3:40pmminehead

thanks very much for this info, I really appreciate it.

22 January 2016 at 2:52pmBig Busker

I got this a while ago, but IK was brutal about my authorization codes (they told me the one they sent me was "out of date", and did so for the other 3 I requested; excuse you?). Had to really arm-wrestle with them through email to get it to work. OK sounds, somewhat tweakable, some good verb and effects, but I use it mostly as a plug-&-play. Not a go-to for tracks, but for me it's a good sketch pad or when layering with other things (horns, strings, drums, etc). The Rhodes keyboards just miss by about half an inch.

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