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Samplitude Pro X provides recording and mixing engineers with practical functions that revolutionize the standard DAW workflow. Edit during recording in real time. Apply effects in your own personal way to individual objects. Visualize volume, frequency, and phase information for selected tracks. Discover new search features, expanded automations, flexible editors, and the right layouts for every step of your project. Hybrid power in a bundle – only in Samplitude Pro X8 Suite. It includes SOUND FORGE Pro, the latest Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro 9 plus a free update to version 10, as well as RX 10 Elements and Ozone 10 Elements from iZotope, and tons of powerful instruments.
Samplitude works using full bit transparency for absolute sound neutrality. The consistent use of floating point calculations ensures that your sound retains its character, even after extensive digital processing. The result – transparency, neutrality, retention of transients and spatiality. Sophisticated recording Samplitude Pro X8 stands for the highest level of audio quality and stability, even during complex recording sessions. With a total of 999 tracks and up to 256 physical inputs and outputs, working on large projects is no problem at all. Use common audio formats from 16-bit to 32-bit floating point as well as sample rates up to 384 kHz.
The Take Composer clearly displays all the recordings of a passage. This feature offers a specially optimized cutting tool that compares, edits and combines the takes in the context of an arrangement to achieve a perfect end result.
Editing is one of the core competencies in Samplitude. With time-saving workflows, flexible docking options and ultra-precise tools, users can work in a production environment that's perfectly customized to their needs – enabling them to concentrate fully on projects.
Edit objects in the arranger
In addition to standard options for track-related editing, Samplitude also features object-based editing options. Set fades with customized curves, decrease or increase volume using the mouse, and trim or stretch sections. For detailed editing options, you can double-click to open the object editor to discover even more possibilities for modifying your sound.
Virtual effects for individual files: Object editor
Focus on the object level and integrate individual clips in the mix. This way, you don't need to create new tracks for short sections that are in projects with complex arrangements and longer duration. Apply effects or route objects to AUX and Surround busses. From fades to effect and pitch editing, all edits you make are non-destructive and are calculated during playback. So there's plenty of room for experimentation.
Precise crossfade editing
The crossfade editor has been completely redesigned and now features an impressively efficient and modern design. It provides you with an optimal overview of all essential parameters, which you can access even faster through snapshots. You can also benefit from the new audio object view, which can be edited directly in the editor.
Edit projects on a whole new level of musicality. ARA supports integration of Celemony Melodyne and others and enables the direct transfer of tempo, pitch values, volume, and intonation. The new ARA2 lets you work faster and more efficiently in real time, for simultaneous editing of multiple tracks and clean transitions between clips without crossfades.
Celemony Melodyne essential
Melodyne essential allows for pitch correction at the top level of quality. Specialized algorithms enable you to manipulate acoustic character, timing, duration and pitch for individual notes within your recordings.
Set curve types to simplify your workflow further. Use Automation Shapes to build gradual transitions between two points in an automation. Still having audio issues? Not with Samplitude.
Use the latest zplane algorithm, élastiquePro v3, for time stretching and pitch shifting. This algorithm uses the latest findings from signal processing theory and combines these with psycho-acoustic models. Higher, wider or faster – great sound is always the result.
Copy content across projects
Easily copy tracks, even across projects. Switch between tabs for open projects and start copying content. Simply use the checklist to choose which settings you want to transfer – for instance VST plug-ins, AUX busses, or submix busses. This makes your arranging and editing workflow much more streamlined. Custom modifications You can customize the interface in Samplitude to suit your own workflow. For instance, VST instruments can now be renamed to simplify your workflow, regardless of manufacturer specifications. You can now also select multiple tracks at once and adjust their height simultaneously.
Take your creativity to a whole new level – with practical aids for composition, plus a huge range of tools for creating and modulating sound. Extensive options for producing scores and MIDI editing as well as numerous virtual instruments: There's plenty here to inspire your productions.
Virtual instruments in Samplitude Pro X8
Samplitude Pro X8 includes a huge range of modern and classic software instruments that can be used to add professional touches to your recordings and offer exciting new creative possibilities. Produce music with groove boxes, synthesizers and authentic sampler instruments from a variety of countries and eras:
MIDI in Samplitude
A combination of extensive MIDI functionality and streamlined workflows enables you to bring musical ideas to life on a professional level.
Support for MIDI VST plug-ins
The new Samplitude Pro X8 now allows you to use MIDI plug-ins. This opens up brand-new possibilities for music production. Make use of the wide variety of MIDI plug-ins available and combine as many plug-ins as you want. In addition, the new plug-in support allows you to freely route MIDI signals.
MIDI Polyphonic Expression
MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE for short) transmits only a single note per channel, but with all parameters. This way, compatible controllers such as the ROLI Seaboard can output at their full potential. Want to create a more rhythmic solo, or lower harmonies with sustain? MPE makes it easy.
Advanced MIDI controller editing
Transfer the extremely detailed modulation curves from your best takes to other controller lanes. Select the sections you want, e.g., for volume, and paste them onto any other sub-tracks. Enjoy more creative freedom for highly expressive compositions.
The MIDI editor integrates various applications, views, ranges, and tools. The MIDI parameter editing tool can be accessed here at all times. Selected events (e.g. velocity or pitch bend) can be moved, stretched or compressed and scaled in relation to each other in various ways. MIDI quantization is also possible without any additional steps.
From initial idea to finished score: Music notation in Samplitude Pro X8 displays MIDI data as notes in real time. Your edits are transferred directly to the MIDI editor. Notations can be edited using the parameters pitch, velocity and length. When you're finished, you can publish the data as sheet music. If you import a MIDI file with lyric markers, the text is displayed in the score.
This alternative to the classic piano roll view has been specially designed for programming drums. Transfer note settings to other channel strips and quantize individual elements. Assign them a new output channel if necessary. The editor can be displayed in Matrix mode with conventional parameters, or in cell mode. This way, quantization for note length and snapping to grid can be implemented more easily.
Intuitive mixing, flexible routing and new automation functions for complex recording tasks – on up to 999 tracks. Practical for all productions, ideal for larger arrangements. Now including an improved pan/surround dialog.
A central hardware controller with a plethora of cables are now a thing of the past. The new Monitoring Section in Samplitude Pro X8 offers unprecedented flexibility. You can now access multiple monitoring paths, with or without additional effects. Play back your configurations and integrate talkback if you want – this can be done easily using the mouse or shortcuts.
Tempo now has its own track and offers extra functions. You can automate tempo in a free and uninhibited way, whether to create a wild transition between a slow introduction passage and a faster verse, or build sound throughout a symphony in an inspiring way. Buttons above act as helpful markers for beat and tempo change.
Flexible rendering of project material with track output recording
When you record the output of a track, you usually record what you hear, not what you feed into the track. Samplitude saves your project material cleanly, giving you total control over the next steps. Enjoy full flexibility for rendering your project material and for experimenting with effects afterwards.
Easily search for and locate presets in the plug-in browser
The plug-in browser extension means you can now access the right sounds directly and quickly. Use the search function to find suitable plug-in presets for your sound. Save your favorites for easy access in the future and display all available instruments and effects using keywords and filters. Rediscover the potential of your entire plug-in collection – simply search, locate and then shape your own custom sound.
The mixer and plug-in browser can now be docked, making all elements easily and quickly accessible. They also scale to fit any window size. Not only can you now enjoy a clearer interface, but can drag & drop your plug-ins from the plug-in browser into your project.
Integrate external hardware effects as plug-ins
Samplitude Pro X8 enables you to make the most of new connectivity for external hardware effects, which can be integrated into your project as effect plug-ins. Not only does this simplify working with effect devices, you can also import as many external effects as you want into your project via the plug-in browser. You'll also experience more creative possibilities and enhanced flexibility for routing, too.
Automation Lanes with advanced copy functions
Track automation in Samplitude Pro X8 can now be displayed across several sub-tracks, known as lanes. You can display and edit any number of track parameters such as volume, panorama or effect settings simultaneously. Select particularly detailed or complex curves and copy them simultaneously to any number of automation lanes on other tracks. For example, you can assign identical volume curves to any grouped instruments.
Vandal Guitar and bass amp
Every component of the guitar and bass amplifier, from the tube to the speaker coils, is virtualized right down to the last detail. Physical modeling technology guarantees uncompromising sound. Vandal SE contains four stomp boxes, 50 presets, and three different miking arrangements. The full version, available only in the Suite, comes with a total of 24 stomp boxes, 70 different presets, and three possible miking arrangements.
Analogue Modelling Suite Plus
In the tonal tradition of analog compressors, am|track can be used to add tape saturation. Also included in Samplitude Pro X8 Suite: The am|phibia tube pre-amp, the am|pulse transient designer for influencing the signal envelope of percussive audio material, plus the am|munition dynamics tool with compressor, limiter, clipper and M/S editing are all included.
The essentialFX Suite contains a collection of 11 professional mixing plug-ins for modulation and dynamic effects. This collection contains both standard effects, such as flanger, tremolo and chorus, as well as special plug-ins for optimizing speech and vocal recordings, and a high-quality compressor.
Vintage Effects Suite
The Vintage Effects Suite offers a trinity of components. Filtox is an Oberheim filter and controls the frequency response of a modulation source. This allows you to create effects like the wah-wah effect. Ecox realistically emulates echoes from analog tape devices, which are caused by tracking fluctuations. The Corvex plug-in modulates analog-sounding chorus and flanger effects.
Exclusive to Samplitude Pro X8 Suite: Spectral processing provides you with a frequency-based cleaning tool at track level. Remove noise such as coughing or clapping without affecting the original signal. Noise can be quickly identified and immediately removed. Cleaning effects such as DeHisser, DeClipper and DeNoiser are also available outside the suite in Samplitude Pro X8.
Mastering is where Samplitude really comes into its own as a high-quality and reliable audio toolkit. All effects included in the program have been specially optimized for mastering tasks. Easily visualize important signal properties such as peak, loudness, frequency response and phase coherence. Meters can be customized for the task you use them for.
Shape your own unique sound with dynamicEQ
Thanks to dynamicEQ, mixing is now easier and more precise – apply frequency cuts and boosts exactly where it will enhance your audio. Dynamically boost, attenuate, and shape sounds throughout your project with the maximum precision and level control. The multiple filter options for EQ band configuration enable significantly more precise options when editing, which allows for surgical precision in your audio tracks (as well as all tracks containing virtual instruments).
Achieve the highest quality with the best resampling engine
Thanks to the newly integrated resampling engine, you can work with any sample rate in your project. The engine can be freely configured and ensures that you always output the highest quality and achieve maximum results from your media in real time, without prior conversion.
Samplitude Pro X8 offers a variety of precision meters and analyzers that provide optimal support during production and the mastering process. Browse visualizations such as bit meter, tuner spectrogram or mono compatibility tool to find the one you need. You can also combine them to set up your own custom interface for more detailed examination of frequencies or the stereo and Surround distribution. You can choose between different arrangements or your own customized layouts and save them for later use. Exclusive to Samplitude Pro X8 Suite: Monitor the loudness of your signals according to EBU R128 standard.
Comparisonics & WaveColor
The Comparisonics and WaveColor tools make frequency curves visible by using colors to depict their waveform. This way you can identify pitch and sound characteristics according to their color and saturation level. Unwanted noise and other anomalies can even be located even before previewing the track.
sMax11 brickwall limiter
Take your mix to the limit. Select how aggressive limiting should be with a variety of modes. Exclusive to Samplitude Pro X8 Suite: Inter-sample peaks are now taken into account during the limiting of the signal.
Mastering & authoring
With Samplitude Pro X8, create masters according to the Red Book standard and burn them directly from the arrangement into all formats – uncompressed (linear PCM) or in compressed formats and on all forms of blank disc. Exclusive to Samplitude Pro X8 Suite: In addition to physical mastering, you can create a bit-precise digital DDP master for transferring your master to the pressing plant.
MP3/AAC audition plug-in
Exclusive to Samplitude Pro X8 Suite: The preview plug-in enables you to hear the results before export. You can use this to check for compression artifacts or loss of highs and adjust parameters to fix them. The encoder plug-in enable you to fulfil all requirements for export, for instance "Mastered for iTunes" requirements.
Improved export workflow
Audio file export is a core function of any DAW. Samplitude's export workflow has been improved, so you can now work even faster and more efficiently. The new clear structure and modern design offer you an optimal overview of the essential options. It also improves access to your favorite export formats.
Whether I'm composing, arranging, mixing or mastering. Pro X has me covered.
The creative workflow is just incredible with fast graphics acceleration and MIDI routing signal capabilities.
I can use as many plugins as I need. Comes with 47 great sounding virtual instruments. This is just the few.
features on top of my mind, but the Take Composer, which allows me to see all of my possible combinations to create great lines and grooves, is definitely an extremely useful tool. I've tried and still use a number of Daws, but Samplitude Pro X is my personal winner.Read Review