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Soundplant

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Sample Player by Marcel Blum
$60 / Free for non-commercial use
Soundplant
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Soundplant by Marcel Blum is a Standalone Application for macOS and Windows. It functions as a Standalone Application.
Product
Version
50.1.3
System Requirements
Windows 7 or higher, 64-bit required
Product
Version
50.1.3
System Requirements
macOS 10.11 or higher
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Stand-Alone Utility / Application
Sample Formats
Loads and/or Saves
AAC, AIFF, ALAC, APE, FLAC, M4A, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV, WMA
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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.

Features:

  • 88 keyboard keys can be used to trigger sounds with very low latency, including new numpad support.
  • drag & drop sound files onto keyboard keys for quick & 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, .flac, .m4a, .aac, .wma, .alac, .wv, .ogg, .snd, .ape, & many many more, even audio from video files like .webm, .mkv, .wmv, .mp4, .avi, .mov, .mpg, .flv, etc.
  • 'background key input' allows Soundplant to receive key hits while minimized or hidden — trigger sounds with global hotkeys while using other audio apps, typing a document, playing a game, or doing anything else in any other program, with optional use of Ctrl/Alt/Option & new Win/Command key combos.
  • new v.50 has been rewritten from scratch optimized for modern 64-bit multicore CPUs & GPUs — everything is faster & smoother.
  • new 'MIDI assign' for triggering sounds via MIDI noteon — use any MIDI keyboard or grid controller with Soundplant.
  • 32-bit floating point mixing & new up to 384 kHz output for ultra high fidelity.
  • new unlimited sound channel polyphony, allowing for dense soundscapes & 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.
  • record Soundplant's output directly.
  • new more customizable UI with collapsible keyboard sections, togglable dark/light modes, & realtime visualizations.
  • waveform display, with zooming in a fullscreen view for precise sound start & 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 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.
  • output device selection.
  • sounds play entirely from RAM to avoid disk use during playback, for best sound quality & lowest latency.
  • launch an unlimited number of Soundplant windows for even more flexibility to output to multiple audio devices, gain more 'banks' of sounds, & record multiple tracks simultaneously.
  • realtime volume, panning, pitch, lowpass, & new convolution reverb, eq, highpass, distortion, & ring mod effects for each key.
  • playback activity logging for time-stamped documenting of tracks played.
  • customizable sound triggering, allowing for looping, overlapping, restarting, muting, pausing, & fading, controlled by secondary key press or by key release.
  • full playback progress info displayed for up to 6 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.
  • pitch adjust allows microtuning to the 100th of a semitone & a 10 octave range — plus, easily auto-assign the same sound to multiple keys at varying pitches to create playable instrument scales using 'pitch assign multi-key'.
  • easily splice pieces of a sound across multiple keys (for example, to extract individual drum sounds from a breakbeat) using 'slice multi-key', with new peak detection for automatic start & end points.
  • compressed sounds decompress on loading rather than during playback, unlike most players, for lowest latency & minimizing disk & CPU usage during playback for best sound quality.
  • works identically on Windows or Mac.
  • includes several options for minimizing CPU & 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 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.

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