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SampleTank 4 Explained®

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Chapter 1 : The Basics

  • Download & Installation 2:40

    Download & Installation

    Follow these step to insure a proper download and installation of your SampleTank 4 content.

  • Architecture & Interface Overview 6:56

    Architecture & Interface Overview

    Learn about the different views, panels, functions, and controls available in the SampleTank 4 interface.

  • Working in Parts View 5:52

    Working in Parts View

    See how the playback parameters of each part are modified, how to layer sounds using multiple Parts, and how to save changes made to an instrument.

  • The Instrument Browser 6:08

    The Instrument Browser

    Learn how each of the five columns are used to organize and filter the huge library of available sounds.

Chapter 2 : The Player Panel

  • The Arpeggiator 7:26

    The Arpeggiator

    Explore this powerful and creative tool, used to create step based patterns from sustained chords.

  • The Phraser 7:43

    The Phraser

    Discover how to use and customize the SampleTank 4 library of MIDI phrases with your own chord progressions.

  • Adding User Patterns to Phraser 3:43

    Adding User Patterns to Phraser

    Learn how to export your own custom sequences as type 0 MIDI files, and add them to the SampleTank 4 Phraser Pattern Browser.

  • The Strummer - Auto Mode 6:38

    The Strummer - Auto Mode

    Hear how the Strummers Auto Mode is used to mimic the strumming of guitar strings using various strumming directions combined with open notes based on selected chord voicings and positions.

  • The Strummer - Manual Mode 2:53

    The Strummer - Manual Mode

    Explore the way this step pattern player works with chords in various inversions, as well as the individual guitar strings based on the voicing used.

  • The Loop Manager 5:07

    The Loop Manager

    Explore how this player mode is used for creative sound design effects on looped material.

  • The Layer Editor 8:36

    The Layer Editor

    Discover how the Layer Editor is used to adjust the note and velocity ranges of the individual instruments, as well as control trigger and latch modes for Player instruments.

Chapter 3 : Editing Instruments

  • Editing Element Amp & Pitch Envelopes 6:45

    Editing Element Amp & Pitch Envelopes

    See how to edit basic Amp & Pitch envelope settings for each SampleTank 4 Element; which is a collection of zones with it's own filter, envelope, LFO, pitch, volume, and pan settings.

  • Oscillators & Play Parameters 5:19

    Oscillators & Play Parameters

    Learn how to edit the parameters for the oscillators used in each Element, and how to edit the Play parameters to get legato glide/portamento effects, and control the available polyphony.

  • Working With LFOs 5:11

    Working With LFOs

    Explore how LFOs are used as a modulation source to alter Element and Zone based parameter values over time. See how the Modulation Matrix is used to add real time control to the modulation depth.

  • The Filter 6:55

    The Filter

    Hear how the different filter types effect the frequency range of the underlying sound, and see how the filter envelope, key tracking, and LFO based modulation are used to alter the characteristics of the filter cutoff position over time.

  • User Envelope & Modulation Matrix 9:00

    User Envelope & Modulation Matrix

    Explore how multiple envelopes are used to influence the way a sound evolves using the various extended parameters found in the Modulation Matrix.

  • Editing Older Instruments 5:57

    Editing Older Instruments

    See how the Edit Window controls and functions are laid out when editing older SampleTank 3 based instruments.

Chapter 4 : Controlling SampleTank 4

  • The Mixer Panel & Effects Rack 8:26

    The Mixer Panel & Effects Rack

    Learn how to control the per part volume, pan, output routing, insert effects, and send effects using these two parts for the SampleTank 4 interface.

  • Macros & MIDI Control 7:01

    Macros & MIDI Control

    Explore ways to use the built in macros, and set up hardware control of SampleTank 4 instrument and plug-in parameters.

  • Automation 3:45


    See how simple and elegant it is to set up host automation of Sampletank 4 in your DAW.

  • Live Mode 4:51

    Live Mode

    Learn how to use Live Mode, where you assign Multis and single Instruments to MIDI Program Changes so that they can be quickly recalled from an external controller during live performance.

  • Importing Samples 3:47

    Importing Samples

    Learn how to bring your own samples into SampleTank 4, so that you can utilize it???s powerful synthesis and processing functions with other sounds.

Product Overview

In this Groove3 video tutorial series, studio pro Eli Krantzberg brings you videos all about IK Multimedia's SampleTank 4! Learn how to setup and start using ST4, all the way through understanding all of its powerful features and functions, as well as get invaluable tips and tricks.

Eli begins by welcoming you and then shows you the proper way to download and install your SampleTank 4 content, followed by in-depth overviews of its architecture and user interface.

Next, Eli covers more of the basics, like working in Parts View and using the Instrument Browser. The Player Panel is then revealed, and Eli covers all of it, including the Arpeggiator, Phraser, Strummer, Loop Manager and more.

Editing instruments is now focused on, and you'll learn how to edit individual element Amp & Pitch Envelopes, adjust Oscillators and Play Parameters, work with LFOs and Filters, the Matrix and many other topics.

Last but not least, Eli goes over how to control SampleTank 4 in different ways, such as using the Mixer Panel and Effects Rack, utilizing Macros and MIDI control, taking advantage of Automation for precise control, Live Mode and so much more.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for complete info. If you’re new to IK Multimedia's SampleTank 4, want to polish your skills, or just see if it's right for you and your studio, checkout “SampleTank 4 Explained®” today!

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