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Soundplant is live performance audio software that turns your computer keyboard (yes, your QWERTY keyboard) into a versatile, low latency, multitrack sample trigger and playable musical instrument. It allows the assignment of sound files of any format and length onto virtually all keyboard keys, giving you hours of instantly-playing random access audio at your fingertips with no extra hardware needed.
Use Soundplant as a performance, presentation, or installation tool, as a drum pad, as an educational aid, to mix together tracks in realtime, trigger sound effects or background tracks during a show, create music or loops, sketch sound designs, make beats, and give new life to old sounds - all via an input device you've been practicing on for as long as you've been typing. Because it's a standalone software sampler that uses your own samples to create custom soundboards, Soundplant is an infinitely flexible electronic instrument limited only by the variety of sounds that you feed it.
An easy to use interface provides drag & drop configuration of each key, including options which control the way each sound is triggered along with several lightweight non-destructive realtime effects. Playing sounds are displayed with a progress bar and track time, and you can even trigger sounds with Soundplant hidden while using any other program.
72 keyboard keys can be used to trigger sounds, with very low latency.
drag & drop sound files onto keyboard keys for quick and easy key assignment; click & drag to move or copy sounds from key to key.
plays virtually all sound file formats in existence, including .wav, .aif, .mp3, .mp4, .m4a, .aac, .flac, .wma, .alac, .wv, .ogg, .snd, .ape, and many many more, even audio from video files like .wmv, .mov, .avi, .divx, .mpg, .flv, .3gp, etc.
'background key input' allows Soundplant to receive key hits while minimized or hidden — trigger sounds with global hotkeys while using other audio software, typing a document, playing a game, or doing anything else in any other program, with optional use of Ctrl & Alt/Option combos.
32-bit floating point mixing and up to 96 kHz output for ultra high fidelity.
256 sound channel polyphony, allowing for dense soundscapes and complex virtual instruments — mix tons of sounds at once.
unlimited sound length — fire off short effects or play huge hours-long tracks with equal ease.
direct internal recording of Soundplant's output in 32-bit quality.
waveform display, with new zooming in a detailed fullscreen view for precise sound start and end point setting.
playlist queuing for flexibly triggering multiple sounds with a single key, allowing playing in sequence or shuffled, or all starting simultaneously in sync, or building playlists in a realtime 'wait-in-line' mode by pressing keys to queue sounds on the fly, or new stepping through a pause-at-the-end-of-each-track playlist with a single key, or triggering a single random sound from a group of sounds.
new many optimizations including vastly improved caching & memory management for faster loading of sounds and keymaps.
new autofade mode for easier fade outs and cross fades.
sound output device selection, with support for multichannel devices, including ASIO support on Windows.
sounds play entirely from RAM by default to avoid disk use during playback, for best sound quality and lowest latency - but can also fall back to playing from disk for maximum flexibility.
launch an unlimited number of Soundplant instances for even more flexibility to output to multiple audio devices, gain more 'banks' of sounds and greater polyphony, and record multiple tracks simultaneously.
realtime volume, panning, pitch, reverb, lowpass, resonance, and LFO effects for each key.
randomization settings on effects for richly varying sound playback.
playback activity logging for time-stamped documenting of tracks played.
customizable sound triggering, allowing for looping, overlapping, restarting, muting, pausing, and fading, controlled by secondary key press or by key release.
displays full playback progress info for up to 12 tracks at once.
'simple' view mode for larger keys that you can click or tap to play like a virtual cart machine, perfect for touchscreen devices or less advanced users.
onscreen keyboard keys are highlighted as they play and can be custom-labeled & color-coded.
pitch adjust allows microtuning to the 100th of a semitone and a 10 octave range — plus, easily auto-assign the same sound to multiple keys at varying pitches to create playable instrument scales using 'multi-key pitch assign'
trim sounds to start and end offset points with precision to the 100,000th of a second — plus, easily auto-splice pieces of a sound across multiple keys (for example, to extract individual drum sounds from a breakbeat) using 'multi-key offset assign'
support for cue points in .wav and .swa files — easily set playback offsets to cue points defined in most audio editors.
compressed sounds decompress on loading rather than during playback, unlike most players, for lowest latency and minimizing disk & CPU usage during playback for best sound quality.
a true live performance program that continues playing even while changing settings, loading and unloading sounds on the fly, and configuring multiple keys simultaneously in realtime.
works identically on Windows or Mac.
saves and loads keyboard configurations as .keymap files, which are fully cross-platform compatible and can be easily transferred between different computers with the handy 'save keymap with sounds'
includes several options for minimizing CPU and RAM usage for performance tuning so that it can run well even on older computers — Soundplant can give new life to that dusty old laptop you thought you'd never use again.
Soundplant is not a synthesizer, plugin, editor, or sequencer, but it is way more than a media player. Soundplant was designed to do one thing and do it well: to trigger sounds from the computer keyboard with maximum speed, efficiency, and ease of use. Users love its rock-solid stability for live event use, its simple one sound per one key metaphor which eliminates the usage complications of many other software samplers, its versatility for handling sounds of all types from short effects to full length songs to hours-long mixes, and its ultra-optimized use of the computer keyboard with lowest-possible latency requiring no extra hardware or MIDI.