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 VSampler by SpeedSoft is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin and an Audio Plugin Host. It functions as a VST Plugin and a DirectX Plugin. It can host VST Plugins. It supports ReWire.
VSampler
Product VSampler
Developer SpeedSoft
Price (MSRP)
No Longer Available
Type / Tags Sampler/Sample PlayerSampler (Loop Tool / Slicer)Synth (FM)
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Instrument(s)  
Can Host
Effects
 
ReWire Synth Application
Operating System Availability
Operating
System
Latest
Version
Download Released
 
3.5.2
 
Downloads Released
Supported Sample Formats (loads or saves) include
ACIDized WAV, AIFF, Akai, Battery, DLS, EMU, Giga, HALion, Kontakt, LM-4, RCY, REX, REX2, SF2 (SoundFont), WAV
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionSerial Number

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.

Features:

  • 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.
  • Sample-Editor.
  • Auto-Looper.
  • Beat-Slicer.
  • Synth.
  • 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.
  • WAV.
  • AIFF.
Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 3.60 from 15 reviews

Reviewed By Jake Jackson
September 18, 2007

Excellent program. (Notice that all of the reviewers below were using an older version of the software.) VSampler was my first softsampler. I moved away from it and into VSTI's and experimented for some time with Kontakt and others. I've returned to VSampler recently, after learning more about sampling, and I find that it has by far the best interface and the best ability to modulate parameters. (Halion 3 seems to have taken some of its interface design from VSampler.)

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

Version 3 of the Speedsoft Virtual Sampler, aka VSampler, is out now. But I still use 2.75. Why? Well, the main reason is that version 3 crashes every time I try to use it within the forte Ensemble host application. So, this review is on version 2.75.

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

Lots of excellent features and solid in every day operation.

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 would not have a softsampler if not for this VSTi. Just the price makes this a must buy, but the functionality and abilities of VSampler, including the ability to stream put it right up there with the big boys. I am not a big soundfont user, but sometimes I have no choice but to go the SF route, which is why the great soundfont support is a big plus. I only wish there were more native libraries, but Akai import does give users access to pretty much anything. I don't see myself buying another sampler in the near future.

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

Vistual Sampler 2.73
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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
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