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TAL-Sampler

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Sampler Plugin by TAL Software

TAL-Sampler has an average user rating of 4.33 from 3 reviews

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Reviewed By tommyzai [read all by] on December 7th, 2015
Version reviewed: 1.4.1 on Mac

Note: I'd like to rate this audio software somewhere between 9 and 10, but that's not an option. So, in this case I'll go with 9 until there's a standalone version. ;-).

INTRO
TAL Sampler by Togu Audio Line is a hybrid virtual analog synth driven by a simple, yet powerful sampler engine. For many years, Togu Audio Line gave away excellent plugins. Now, they offer a pro line at a bargain price, and this sampler is the most recent addition. This developer has always supported us starving eMusicians, and I've hungry for a bit of vintage. When I launch this little gem, I'm reminded of the initial inspiration I felt back in the mid to late 80s with the hardware workhorses, e.i., S900, S-550, etc. To emulate some of the various popular vintage samplers, TAL provides some tweak-able sampler models and allows users to choose between different DACs. The interface is simple, attractive, and scalable with an option to customize colors and fonts. It's easy to navigate. It's not bloated. It's not stuffed with unwanted features. It's inviting and sparks creative juices. Hence, the learning curve is shallow. And not surprisingly, sample patches load fast, which helps keep the flow flowing. IMO, there is nothing more frustrating and detrimental to one's creativity than endlessly waiting for a basic piano to load. The sample engine itself features four layers that can hold multiple key-groups. Audio import (WAV, AIF, MP3, etc.) via drag-n-drop. Also included is a vintage real-time time stretcher that is far from smooth, and that's the point. There are also many familiar parameters, including effects, a responsive mod and filter section. Actually, the mod section is quite extensive. Overall, this unique sampler does about 90% of what I could ever hope for, and it's being sold at about 20% of other options out there — very favorable percentages, IMO! But mostly, it sound great and sits wonderfully in most mixes.

FAVORITE FEATURES
• Simple, inviting GUI.
• Inspiring.
• Fast loading.
• Easy to use.
• Expressive.
• Vintage feel and appeal.
• Excellent modulation and filter options.
• Efficient sample browser.
• Stable.
• CPU friendly.
• Great price.
• Honorable developer with a generous track record.

OTHER THOUGHTS
• I never thought I'd miss "clock noise" and artifacts.
• More presets?
• Standalone version?

SUMMARY
TAL Sampler is straightforward, and by today's standards would not be considered a "monster" sampler; yet, it brings the monster samplers of yesteryear back to life with newfound zest. I've been waiting for something like this to be developed ever since I sold my last hardware sampler — I believe it was an Emu Systems Emax. I highly recommend this plugin to any eMusician, producer, or sound designer looking for hybrid virtual analog synth-sampler for creating tracks. It fosters a wonderful, productive workflow. TAL Sampler is not for tweak nerds, who enjoy hours of digging deep into the architecture of audio software. It's also not the best choice if you're looking for a pristine player of huge sample libraries. This piece of audio software is clearly designed for the rest of us cats, who simply want to bust out some music before our muse gets impatient and takes a flight out of town.Tommy Zai gives TAL Sampler two resonating thumbs up. Thank you, Togu Audio Line, for developing an amazing modern re-creation of yesteryear samplers.

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