FREE VST SAMPLER
software samplers in vst format for cubase
reviewed by our collaborator Uzless-N
I was told, try to get some free VST sampler...I think it would have been easier to have my butts shaved off by a Piranha...anyway, could I never ever deny you, my little Stockausen guyzzz? So here you are what I found and tried for you!
Kotkas Paax 2
Even though the name is quite hard to remember and pronounce, the freeware version of this VST could be really something, at least to start getting into the sampling world. Introducing its stuff with a 4 colours GUI, featuring parameters and a little keyboard, you can work with 8\16 bits samples, for a maximum of 64 polyphonies. You can find up to 84 splits per presets and 8 dual-velocity layers per split. There's also a system to prevent your RAM to get fulfilled, loading just one sample at a time. It claims to use only a low percentage of your CPU, maybe assuming you have a 782345789Mhz CPU!!! 3 LFO per presets which could be syncronized via MIDI tempo. Able to import Akai and Soundfonts (.akp and .sf2) and there's even a little free bank you can start with, available from kotkasuniverse site. Not as good as the payable one, maybe the best as it comes round to free sampler.
Simple Shiny Sampler-3S
Very good sampler, but no keyboard, poor little thing, which could be very annoing as you have to listen to your samples before starting edit your midi tracks...24 poliphonies, 4 samples loadable at the same time, each of them could be assigned a different note, supporting 96Khz .wav .aiff, up to 32 bit samples. Velocity sensitive pad with splits and crossfades for an accurate timing. Quite easy-to-use GUI, featuring the last LinPlug Audio Engine which should mean "hey pal, I'm the quality, you are the lucky user messing with my parameters!". Yeah, yeah, yeah, no keyboard...that's why it's second!
IK SampleTank freeware version
www.sampletank.com and browsing through...
Not so powerful as the 400-euros-astonishing-sampling-workstation but always something to work with. If you don't have a bucket to spend or just want to try it before moving the great step and spilling 400 drops of your blood...Very interesting feature is the STRETCH allowing bending, staccato and vibrato to make your samples sounding so real...so nice so good so wild, but you can play only free samples provided by IK, no importing, no expanding, alas...so please don't you even try to figure out making music with a 16-instruments-scheme or my face will appear on your screen asking you"hey boy, what about changing a little your moods?". Try it but don't rely on it as there are more powerful free VST free samplers which could work on more than 16 sounds!!!