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Sitala

Drum Sampler Plugin by Decomposer
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Sitala by Decomposer is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin and a Mobile Audio App and a Standalone Application for macOS, Windows, Linux and iOS. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, an AAX Plugin and a Standalone Application.
Product
Version
1.0.9
Product
Version
1.0.9
Product
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1.0.9
System Requirements
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
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Instrument
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Sample Formats
Loads and/or Saves
AIFF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV
Copy Protection
None
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Sitala is a free drum plugin and standalone app.

Sitala's beauty is simplicity. It's fast and musical. Six knobs. Sixteen pads. Drag and drop. Playable like instrument.

16 Assignable Pads:

  • Drag and drop kit management: drag and drop samples into Sitala from your DAW or file browser, and easily drag around sample pads once in Sitala to rearrange them.
  • Built in file-browser: built into the sample viewer making it super fast to select samples without ever having to deal with dialogs.
  • Sample preview: browse through a directory or sets of directories using left and right arrows to quickly listen to and view sample analysis.
  • Beat slicing: if a sample contains multiple individual hits, Sitala automatically detects that and allows clicking to play individual parts of the loop.
  • Automatic silence detection: Sitala detects poorly cut samples and automatically positions the playhead in the right spot.
  • Velocity sensitive.

  • Assignable trigger and kill groups.

  • Mappable with MIDI learn, sequential notes or General MIDI.

  • Each sample is analyzed for dynamics and pitch, and the controls are automatically adjusted to have a wider effective range and more musical expressiveness.

Controls:

  • Shape: Adjust attack, length and sustain of your sounds while the overall volume remains constant.
  • Compression: Make sounds punchier with more sustain. Automatic gain makeup maintains the overall volume while changing dynamics.
  • Tuning: Pitch sounds up or down by up to one octave.
  • Tone: Emphasizes the highs or lows in a sound. Accentuate or scoop the mids to position the sound in the mix. Adapts based on the pitch content of each sound. Operates as a high-pass, low-pass, sweepable mid-boost or mid-scoop EQ.
  • Volume
  • Pan

Audio Engine:

  • Selectable stereo output or 16-channel one-output-per-pad.
  • Standalone, VST, Audio Unit and AAX support.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.78 from 9 reviews

Sitala
Reviewed By Hewitt Huntwork
February 3rd, 2022

I have a couple thousand dollars' worth of drum plugins, and right now Sitala ($0) is the one seeing the most use.

The developers seem to have zeroed in on the most important features for a user like me. One knob controls for envelope (shape), tuning, compression, tone, pan, and volume. Any pad can trigger any other pad. Any pad can choke any other pad.

It's so easy to use. There's a great graphic window for whichever control you are adjusting. Too long a tail on your one shot drum sound? The shape knob will show you the changes to your envelope as you turn it. So in addition to listening, you can see how much of the tail you're cutting off. We all know you can't mix with your eyes, but the visual component comes in handy when you know you want to shorten it just a bit, or shorten it so much it almost sounds dry again. The visual feedback gets you in the ballpark of what you're looking for much faster.

I would gladly have paid money for this. I would definitely pay for a version with a few more features, but take that with a grain of salt because the beauty of Sitala is its simplicity. The biggest feature I'd like to see is a 4X4 grid view to match the layout of many drum MIDI controllers. I'd like it if clicking on each of the 6 knobs would toggle it with its 0%/center value. I'd like it if there were a way to cut highs and lows on the same pad. And I'd really love to see some kind of fine tuned filter>velocity setting for those of us who want our one shots to have a little sonic variety each time they hit. Very few drum instruments do that though. But you know what? Very few drum instruments do the simple things Sitala does so well.

May thanks and eternal gratitude to Decomposer.

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Sitala
Reviewed By Simon C
September 18th, 2021

I love Sitala. Everyone has their own favourite reverbs, delays, transient shapers etc so they don't mess about with those. Just a really simple to use sampler that gives you easy access to all the sounds in your folder.

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Sitala
Reviewed By sjs
July 12th, 2021

Perfect combination of features and simplicity! I personally love the option to preview all the samples in the folder. Finally some love to my hundreds of one shots.

Thank you.

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Sitala
Reviewed By lpothast
January 16th, 2021

My favorite no-nonsense (drum)sample player.

- Comes with some samples and kits, but you can just as easy use your own samples.

- Live one-click browsing/auditioning samples in the context of your track, so useful.

- Basic yet essential tweaking on per sample basis.

- Loads fast, easy on the CPU.

- No FX but focus on the basic functionality.

Absolutely love it.

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Sitala
Reviewed By Junkyard Sam
September 20th, 2020

Decomposer struck the balance between power and simplicity to create a fun but powerful drum sampler that is a joy to use and sounds great.

They keep adding new features and it just gets better and better. It is now my favorite drum sampler for use in FL Studio and Reaper.

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Comments & Discussion for Decomposer Sitala

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michal.ochedowski
michal.ochedowski
31 December 2021 at 10:06am

This sampler could be an excellent replacement for way more advanced TX16Wx, if it wasn't for the very obvious high frequency roll off. Every time I import any type of cymbal sound, Sitala removes some of the brightness from it. I made three comparisons so far and they all gave me the same results. Of course all settings in the plugin were in default neutral positions. I level matched both rendered samples and original was always brighter. I can not only hear the difference. Voxengo SPAN clearly shows, that there is a problem. Decompose could finally fix it. Then they would be a real competition for abovementioned, somewhat complicated TX16Wx. Unless that's what they were aiming at - a sampler that gives it's own "character" to imported samples. If so, it could just as well be a user dependent option.

scotchi
scotchi
31 December 2021 at 10:14am

We'd love to see spectrograms. We do actually test this, and particularly as of the last release, we bypass all processing other than volume when the knobs are in their default position.

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michal.ochedowski
michal.ochedowski
31 December 2021 at 10:42am

I uploaded all three tests. Two of them were made on two consecutive days, so they look the same. I wanted to be thorough and make sure, that I haven't made a mistake.

I have put dates next to all files for easy identification. https://www.mediafire.com/folder/x277ql1e9wn07/sitala

luzifer
luzifer
31 December 2021 at 12:09pm

It looks like the colorization happenes at resampling. Can you retry with a sample that matches the project's sample rate?

michal.ochedowski
michal.ochedowski
31 December 2021 at 1:03pm

luzifer that was a great suggestion.

I created two projects. First one at 44100 Hz, which was the original sample rate of the used sample. Second one was at 48000 Hz. I took the screenshots of SPAN and here are my conclusions.

Spectrum analysis of the original sample looks the same in both projects.

Spectrum analysis of sample played from Sitala looks the same as original, but only in the project at 44100 Hz rate. That was the 'a-ha' moment for me. Finally some explanation what was going on.

Spectrum analysis of sample played from Sitala in the project at 48000 Hz rate has the above-mentioned roll off.

My question is: Since original sample in both projects has the same spectrum analysis, does this mean that Sitala is performing a resampling from 441000 to 48000 Hz, which causes played sample to sound and look different?

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scotchi
scotchi
28 January 2022 at 1:43am

I think I accidentally removed a reply on this, when trying to cancel my own reply, but yes, since we think we can see what's happening here, this is something we've added to our Q&A process for the next release and will ensure that this problem doesn't happen in future releases. It's something that's happening out of Sitala's code itself, but rather in JUCE (which a lot of plugins use), so we'll have to dig a bit deeper before we can talk about a definitive fix for the issue.

michal.ochedowski
michal.ochedowski
28 January 2022 at 5:59am

Thanks for your reply scotchi. I posted a reply to Ikaz7's message yesterday, but now I see it's been removed. Definitely not by me. I wonder how long this message is going to stay here.

scotchi
scotchi
28 January 2022 at 8:17pm

Actually, I think I accidentally removed it -- see here. I thought clicking on "remove" was going to remove my reply (I decided, "meh, I'll answer this tomorrow") and it removed your comment instead.

michal.ochedowski
michal.ochedowski
29 January 2022 at 3:47am

I had no idea, that some users had the option to remove someone else's comments. Thanks for clarifying.

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