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VSampler provides all of the classic sampler features, and also offers you a multitude of new opportunities. Extensive signal processing possibilities, with Drag&drop and context menus allow quick access to all functions and provide for a smooth workflow.
- 255 voice polyphonic.
- 16 part multi-timbral (16 MIDI Channels).
- 16 Stereo outputs.
- Supports all usual output formats from 16-bits/44 kHz up to 32-bits/192 kHz.
- Built in Effects (Reverb, Delay, Phaser, Distortion, EQ, etc.).
- Modulation matrix.
- Soundbank Manager.
- Autoload Preview.
- Can also host VST plugins.
- AKAI CDs 1:1 on hard disk (Can build a 1:1 copy of the AKAI CD as a disc image file on your local hard drive or network drive).
Loads the following sample formats:
- AKAI (S1000/3000 CD and S5000/6000.AKP).
- SoundFont (.SF2) - Can also save as SF2.
- HALion (.FXB, .FXP).
- Gigastudio (.GIG).
- LM4 drumkits.
Reviewed By Jake Jackson
September 18, 2007
The last version came out in January of 2006. As a result, there is no convolution. However, it supports external VST effects, so that problem can easily be solved. I'm not sure that there needs to be a new version of this software--it does almost everything.
The interface is extremely good. Some people may have had trouble with it because the program can do so much, and it presents separate pages for each major set of parameters, such as Filters, Amp, Banks, etc, with many buttons on each page. The pages can be either docked in a rack view or allowed to take up the entire page. There is also a button bar to the right (customizable) that lets you call up any page, and keyboard shortcuts allow you to avoid even these buttons. Press F2 and you have the page for Zones and samples, etc. Press F3 to call up a large keyboard. Once you learn the program, the interface makes perfect sense. The interfaces of other samplers will seem designed to obscure edits and slow your work.
The filter controls: Not just a simple ADSR envelope. You can set the Attack freq, the Decay freq, rate, and shape, and enter up to 68 other points on the envelope, which you can drag around however you want. Veloctiy to cutoff, to envelope, to resonance knobs. Still better, you can set the freq cutoff note by note nonlinearly--in other words, once you've set a cutoff freq, you can vary the extent to which each key is filtered, with widely different settings across the range or across just two notes that are side by side. The display lets you see the amp envelope in an outline behind the filter envelope, so you can adjust the filter to correspond or not correspond with that envelope's stages. Without question the best filter interface and controls.
Almost everything can be modulated by everything. It comes with free envelopes that can modulate whatever you want: delay the entrance of resonance or drop it down fast, delay eq to avoid the attack phase, etc.
The only real problem is that no complete manual was ever written. If you know sample and synth programming well, VSampler is fairly straightfoward, but a manual would still have been nice when I was getting started. This is a program that can do almost anything to a sample, so the number of controls can be bewildering to a new user.
There has been no word recently about a new version of the program, and support seems to have stopped. When the company was active, the support was very good, and my score for support indicates that as well as the current absence of support.
I wouldn't worry about the presets. Use your existing libraries. Much better to have an excellent program than to have great samples with a limited program and a bad interface.Read more
Reviewed By ToddBradley
December 17, 2003
I use VSampler now in very many of my band's songs. It's fairly basic and has a ponderous user interface, but it mostly works and is pretty cheap. The documentation is pretty weak, but if you can find it, there's a tutorial online that explains things pretty well. From time to time, though, something goes wrong and it takes me 45 minutes of trial-and-error clicking to fix it.
For a while, I used the ability to host VSTi's inside of VSampler, but don't need that anymore.Read more
Reviewed By erici44
June 7, 2002
A couple of negatives - there seems to be a problem with the user interface which causes nasty crackles if the edit window is open. I found it unuseable at 6ms, and migrated to Halion, but have since moved back to 12ms which is acceptable.
This brings me to the second problem, user support is almost non-existent, Maz rarely answers questions in the forum and doesn't seem to reply to emails.Read more
Reviewed By progfusion74
May 6, 2002
I am new to sampling, and the documentation and samples that come with VSampler have been of some help. That said more experienced users might find it sparse.
If I have a negative comment, it is with the user interface but that is more of a matter of personal taste.
Added comment: Since I wrote the original review I have been in touch with other developers and it is clear to me now that VSampler support, while decent, is not at the excellent level of some other VSTi'sRead more
Reviewed By nirsul
January 26, 2002
I use SoundFonts,CubaseVST 5.1 & SB Audigy Platinum card:
That is why this is one of the greatest investments for my humble homestudio.
Until VSampler - I just couldn't route each soundfont to a different effect - not anymore! - with 8 Srereo outputs to Cubase I can route any SF to 8 effects inside Cubase (+ 2 inside VSampler).
One more HUGE benefit - I can stream big samples from the HD
no more RAM limit !
There are some free samples with it but I use mainly SF.(until I get free AKAI samples).
Also reads LM-4 kits - good although most of the free ones are not as good as some of my SFs.
For the small price I paid I got a full DX7 synth (plus a simple analog synth) although I have an original hardware DX7 I use as a MIDI controller.
Many features I cannot even remeber.
What can I say - A GLORIOUS VSTi !
BUY IT - if only for the SF routing issue !
UPDATE: I got the bundled (optional) N#1 instruments - nice fx and some great collection of samples in WAV - may be skipped.
I purchased lots of E-mu & SonicImplants samples (GREAT choice) and one of the SoundFonts could not be read by VSampler correctly (SI's Blue Jay Loose Kit). All other soundfonts I loaded - worked perfectly.
Every time I launch Cubase - I launch VSampler - and I love it !
T H E B E S T ! ! !Read more