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SampleTank 4 Explained®

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Chapter 1 : The Basics

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    Download & Installation

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

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    Architecture & Interface Overview

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

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    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.

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    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

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    The Arpeggiator

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

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    The Phraser

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    The Loop Manager

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

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    Macros & MIDI Control

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

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    Automation

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

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    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.

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    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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ooroor
Submitted 2 months ago

For a rather newbie, very helpful, although sime details should have been treated better.

The patches used, grooves etc. should have been specified and made available to make it easier to follow on my own instrument. Some features are treated too superficially, like pitch bend up/down and round robin.


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larrypate
Submitted 6 months ago

ST6

Excellent course. Another great job by Eli!


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great video lesson
Submitted 6 months ago

Great video lesson

It has helped me so much

I am a: Professional, Musician, Cubase


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sijel
Submitted 7 months ago

Excellent Explanations!

Eli K has done it again! Great intro to ST4

I am a: Semi-Pro


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Token Boomer
Submitted 7 months ago

Clarified a very complex program

Eli is one of the best trainers out there.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Logic Pro


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wesleywat
Submitted 7 months ago

Excellent video series.

Eli does a great job of clearly and quickly introducing the new SampleTank 4. This series takes a very deep and complex instrument and makes it accessible and easy to navigate. Thank you, Eli.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Acid, Cakewalk Sonar, Studio One


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JOEY LOVE
Submitted 7 months ago

Excellent Tutorial

Great tutorial,very matter of fact and to the point, will be looking out for this Instructor on other tutorials.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Logic Pro


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ooroor
Submitted 2 months ago

For a rather newbie, very helpful, although sime details should have been treated better.

The patches used, grooves etc. should have been specified and made available to make it easier to follow on my own instrument. Some features are treated too superficially, like pitch bend up/down and round robin.

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larrypate
Submitted 6 months ago

ST6

Excellent course. Another great job by Eli!

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great video lesson
Submitted 6 months ago

Great video lesson

It has helped me so much

I am a: Professional, Musician, Cubase

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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sijel
Submitted 7 months ago

Excellent Explanations!

Eli K has done it again! Great intro to ST4

I am a: Semi-Pro

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Token Boomer
Submitted 7 months ago

Clarified a very complex program

Eli is one of the best trainers out there.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Logic Pro

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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wesleywat
Submitted 7 months ago

Excellent video series.

Eli does a great job of clearly and quickly introducing the new SampleTank 4. This series takes a very deep and complex instrument and makes it accessible and easy to navigate. Thank you, Eli.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Acid, Cakewalk Sonar, Studio One

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

JOEY LOVE
Submitted 7 months ago

Excellent Tutorial

Great tutorial,very matter of fact and to the point, will be looking out for this Instructor on other tutorials.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Logic Pro

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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SampleTank 4 Explained® is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 7 .
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from For a rather newbie, very helpful, although sime details should have been treated better. The patches used, grooves etc. should have been specified and made available to make it easier to follow on my own instrument. Some features are treated too superficially, like pitch bend up/down and round robin.
Date published: 2019-09-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from ST6 Excellent course. Another great job by Eli!
Date published: 2019-04-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great video lesson It has helped me so much
Date published: 2019-04-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Explanations! Eli K has done it again! Great intro to ST4
Date published: 2019-04-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Clarified a very complex program Eli is one of the best trainers out there.
Date published: 2019-03-19
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Excellent video series. Eli does a great job of clearly and quickly introducing the new SampleTank 4. This series takes a very deep and complex instrument and makes it accessible and easy to navigate. Thank you, Eli.
Date published: 2019-03-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Tutorial Great tutorial,very matter of fact and to the point, will be looking out for this Instructor on other tutorials.
Date published: 2019-03-16
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