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Top 15 Sampler VST plugins 2020

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We have collected for you the top 15 VST plugins Sampler according to PluginBoutique.

VST list navigation:

  1. Serato Sample
  2. Palindrome
  3. Phalanx
  4. Slicex
  5. CMI V
  6. Regroover Essential
  7. Cataract
  8. Polygon
  9. Structure 2
  10. Regroover Pro
  11. Rhythmiq
  12. Robotizer
  13. Drop-X
  14. Direct Wave
  15. ReCycle

1. Serato Sample

by Serato

Serato Sample

The Fastest Way to Sample

A powerful and intuitive new sampler plugin for producers that allows you to quickly find, chop, key shift and time-stretch samples.

The Power of Pitch ‘n’ Time

It has the world-famous Pitch ‘n’ Time algorithm built-in, giving you the best time-stretching quality on the market.

Works in Leading Production Software

Sample will work in most DAWs that support AU/VST* plugins including Ableton Live, FL Studio, Logic Pro and Maschine.

Features

Unrivalled time-stretching powered by Pitch ‘n Time

Time-stretch samples to extreme values using the power of Serato Pitch ‘n Time. It’s also easy to sync samples to your project.

Flawless Key Detection and Key Shifting

Find the key and then shift it with the power of Pitch ‘n Time.

Find the Best Samples

With one click Serato Sample’s algorithm finds 16 of the best samples to work with, or find some magic with the Random feature.

Change Samples Beyond Recognition

You can manipulate each pad individually. Mess around with key, bpm and more with pad parameters.

Keyboard Mode 

Play one sample across the full piano scale like a synth.

Mono/Poly Playback 

Trigger your Cue Points with monophonic playback like Serato DJ. Or you can use polyphonic playback to play chords and drum patterns.

Familiar and Fast Cue Point Workflow

Use Serato DJ’s popular Cue Point workflow to quickly set and trigger pads.

Process Each Cue Individually

Route each cue’s output to separate channels in your DAW.

What’s New in Serato Sample 1.2?

Serato’s latest release delivers some exciting, long-requested feature updates for producers:

  • 32 Pads: We’ve doubled the number of pads from 16 to 32. Which doubles your chances of striking gold using Sample’s Autoset features, like ‘Find Samples’ or ‘Random’.
  • Velocity: There’s now an option to respect a host DAW’s velocity, letting you play expressively with your MIDI keyboard or drum controller.

System Requirements

Mac

Compatible Operating Systems:

  • macOS Catalina 10.15 
  • macOS Mojave 10.14 
  • macOS High Sierra 10.13 

Requirements:

  • Screen Resolution – 1280 x 720
  • Memory 4 GB
  • Free HDD Space 5 GB

Formats:

  • VST
  • AU

Windows

Compatible Operating Systems:

  • Windows 10 (64-bit only)

Requirements:

  • Screen Resolution – 1280 x 720
  • Memory 4 GB
  • Free HDD Space 5 GB

Processors:

  • i3: 1.07ghz and above
  • i5: 1.07ghz and above
  • i7: 1.07ghz and above
  • i9: 1.07ghz and above

Compatible Host DAWs:

  • Logic Pro / Maschine / Ableton Live FL Studio / Maschine / Ableton Live 10.
  • Operating System support assumes you are using the latest point release. Please check Operating System support for your host DAW software before updating.
  • It is recommended to have the latest version of the supported Host DAW software installed.

2. Palindrome

by Glitchmachines

Palindrome

Palindrome is a granular morph plotting sampler geared toward experimental sound design.

The basic concept behind Palindrome is to fuse four granular samplers with a coordinate plotting grid and complex modulation sources in order to facilitate the creation of morphing sound effects and unusual instrument patches.

The plugin’s main grid section facilitates the creation of custom paths that determine the trajectory of a playhead over time. This playhead travels across a user-definable path that corresponds with the outputs of the samplers which are smoothly morphed using a bilinear interpolation algorithm.  Palindrome also features 8 user-definable multi-breakpoint modulation envelopes to facilitate the creation of intricate modulation shapes.

With its 4 granular samplers, morph-plotting system, 8 multi-breakpoint modulation envelopes, dual effects processors per sampler, shape presets, 4-note polyphony, deep randomization system, global reverb, 1.4GB sample library and numerous factory presets, Palindrome brings sound designers a powerful new sound sculpting tool.

Features

  • 4 Granular Sampler Modules
  • Morph Plotting System
  • 8 Multi-Breakpoint Envelopes
  • 2 insert FX  Per Sampler
  • Scalable User Interface
  • Comprehensive Randomizer
  • 70+ Presets & 1.5 GB of Samples
  • Win/Mac  VST/AU  32/64bit

New Features in version 1.2

  • Scalable User Interface
  • User Guide Refinements
  • Minor Bugfixes
  • New Mac OS Installers

At the heart of Palindrome are 4 granular samplers which feature new algorithms not available in our other sampler plugins. Each sampler includes a variety of sculpting options, all of which are viable modulation targets. In addition to this, each sampler features the ability to integrate up to two insert effects, which are also assignable as modulation targets. The insert effects include three filter types, two distortion types, ring modulation and delay.

In the center of Palindrome’s UI lies the plotting grid. The grid is a charting framework where you plot up to 16 points that determine the trajectory of a playhead. The grid coordinates of the playhead will determine which sampler outputs are currently audible. As the playhead travels along the path and over the grid zones, Palindrome will smoothly morph between the corresponding sampler outputs using a bilinear interpolation algorithm.

System Requirements

  • Broadband for download
  • VST/AU host: Live, Logic Pro, etc.
  • Mac OS X 10.8+ 
  • Windows 8+
  • Approx. 1.5 GB of HDD space
  • Minimum 2 GB RAM
  • CPU with SSE2 support
  • Minimum CPU: Core 2 Duo, 2GHz

3. Phalanx

by Vengeance Sound

Phalanx

Meet Vengeance Sound’s flagship drum and synth sampler, with over 6000 samples/sounds.

Features

  • Factory content features over 3000 sounds by Manuel Schleis from Vengeance Sound
  • Samples are saved in your projects
  • Samples can be dragged into the sample pads; even from external sources (e.g. DAW or browser)
  • Conveniently large library browser
  • Arrange and save your favourites (incl. ‘tag mode’)
  • 32 stereo sample slots in 16 channels
  • Each channel routable to up to 16 individual outputs
  • 128 voices (up to 16 times polyphon per pad)
  • 12 types of filters (6 dB, 12 dB, 24 dB each)
  • Poly portamento and legato portamento Modi
  • Optional: Anti-alias free sample mode and ultra-high mode for powerful computers
  • Undo / Redo function
  • Graphical real-time display of waveforms
  • Editable envelopes (amp, filter, pitch, ModEnv)
  • Envelopes syncable to BPM
  • Insert FX with 17 effect types
  • Drag and drop to arrange Insert FX
  • Reverb by ArtsAcoustic
  • Four band parametric EQ for each sample pad
  • Mini preset browser with numerous presets for FX and envelopes
  • Compatible with other Vengeance plugins (such as Metrum, Multiband Sidechain and Philta)
  • MIDI-learn function complex mod matrix: combine anything
  • Two independent LFOs per sample slot (32 total)
  • Three GUI controllers
  • All controllers and MOD matrix settings can be dragged into the custom area for easy access when needed
  • Rename and colour-code individual sample slots for full customization
  • Retrigger: Samples can be accelerated to self-oscillation (tonally playable); see Swedish House Mafia “One” Scratch simulator: Use pitch bend or a MIDI controller like a turntable
  • Crazy loop section: Back and forth in time, freezes in time, micro-loops via modwheel, crossfade looping
  • Convenient arpeggiator
  • Switch between “drumkit mode” and “sample mode”
  • Drumkit mode features “kill notes”: A closed hi-hat can stop a fading open hi-hat
  • Slim and full mode: Slim mode displays all 16 pads simultaneously, full mode offers full editability
  • Single version of Phalanx included (a mini plugin with just one sample pad)
  • VST2, VST3, AU, RTAS, and AAX support; 32-bit and 64-bit

Installer Contains

  • 32Bit & 64Bit versions
  • VST2 and VST3 versions
  • AU version
  • AAX version

System Requirements

Windows:

Mac:

  • IntelMac 1.5Ghz
  • 2GB RAM
  • Mac OSX 10.8
  • VST 2.4 or AU compliant host
  • No Power Mac supported
  • eLicenser USB dongle

Important Notes:


4. Slicex

by Image Line

Slicex

Note – This software is Windows compatible only and will not function on Mac computers!

Slicex uses advanced beat detection algorithms to slice song/percussion samples into pieces and make them independently playable from the Piano roll or controller.

A New Way Of Slicing

If the wave file contains slice/region data this will be automatically used instead of the beat-detection algorithm. Slicex offers playback, reordering of slices and time-stretching capabilities optimized for drum loops. Related plugins are the Fruity Slicer and Edison.

System Requirements

  • Windows XP (SP2), Vista, Win7, Win8, Win8.1, Win10 – (32 & 64 Bit)
  • 2Ghz AMD or Intel Pentium 3 compatible CPU with full SSE1 support
  • 512Mb RAM
  • 30Mb free disc space
  • DirectSound or ASIO compatible soundcard

Note – This software is Windows compatible only and will not function on Mac computers!

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5. CMI V

by Arturia

CMI V

Peerless Sampling Character

The CMI V is a spot-on reincarnation of the first commercially available digital sampling system in music history—the sonic powerhouse behind numerous early MTV-era megahits. We even went the extra mile and added new creative features that weren’t possible back in the day.

In 1980, the Fairlight CMI turned heads with the introduction of digital sampling. Now our software homage lets you turn some heads yourself.

With exotic new sound of digital samples, the promise of an all-in-one digital workstation, and a physical design right out of a sci-fi movie, the Fairlight CMI was an object of desire for most self-respecting ‘80s keyboardists. Countless musicians and producers weighed the risks of bank robbery in order to afford one. No need today. Our faithful recreation gives you the same tools that many MTV stars used to make a cannonball splash into the pool. We’ve even made lots of improvements and additions that bring added power to this keyboard legend, including an alternate additive synthesis engine and tons of new modulation options. No vintage keyboard collection is complete without the CMI V.

Now it’s your turn to experience the sound and power of the digital workstation that started it all.

The unique musical architecture of the CMI

The CMI V isn’t just a digital instrument. It’s a complete digital workstation.

Our enhanced reproduction of this keyboard superhero lets you work with 10 digital instruments of your choice at once—mixing, layering, splitting and sequencing them as you please. Each instrument can draw from three different means of sound generation. The most obvious is the sampling engine that literally first defined the term in the industry. You can also shape sounds with the original additive synthesis engine where you control each of the component harmonics over time. We’ve even spun up the propellers and introduced a newer, simpler means of exploring additive synthesis like you’ve never heard it before named Spectral Synth. You also get around 300 expertly designed presets to get you going—including the original library of sounds you’ll recognize from countless hit recordings.

The CMI V has everything you need to explore the intersection of sampling and digital synthesis.

The original digital sound design powerhouse

If you want to sculpt sounds in the digital domain, the CMI V brings you a complete artists toolbox.

There are a zillion ways to shape sounds with the CMI. Work with a sample from the included library, or load in one of your own. Set the start and end points for the sample and loop. Modify the resolution to juice some interesting side effects. Resynthesize the sample into the additive synth domain for a harmonic representation. Create custom envelopes to control how each harmonic behaves over time. Change the sine waves that make up those harmonics to more complex waveshapes. Add multiple custom modulations to just about any sonic parameters you can think of. Heck, turn those modified additive harmonics back into a sample and sculpt your sound more back in that domain.

The CMI V gives you limitless creative options and sonic variety that are completely unique to this legendary sound design workstation.

The sound heard around the world

Many cutting edge ‘80s songs were fueled by the equally cutting edge sounds of the CMI. Now you can relive the glory days of MTV.

You know the sound of the CMI because it was everywhere—and still is. Consider the ear candy on Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill”. The rhythmic frenzy of Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit”. Peter Gabriel’s exotic “Sledgehammer” shakuhachi. The impossible horn line on Yes’ “Owner of a Lonely Heart”. The breathy vocal-flute on Tears for Fears’ “Shout” and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”. Trevor Horn’s pulsing Page R bottom-end collage on “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Speaking of Hollywood, there’s Duran Duran’s “View to a Kill” Bond theme. How about Jan Hammer’s pitch-processed drums on his weekly “Miama Vice” TV scores? And MTV favs like “Close (to the Edit)” by Art of Noise and Yello’s “Oh, Yeah” are poster children for all things CMI.

Whether for cover-gig authenticity or just basking in nostalgia, CMI V delivers the fun novelty of songs that still fill the classic rock airwaves.

Main Features

  • Software synthesizer playable through a MIDI keyboard
  • 600 presets from the original CMI library
  • 360 presets sounds made by Arturia sound designers
  • Expanded number of track to 10 with a polyphony per track up to 32
  • Perfect emulation of the analog filter response
  • Faithful recreation of the sampling and additive synthesis capacities of the instrument
  • Variable Bit Depth and Sample Rate
  • Introduction of a new sound generation mode: Spectral synthesis
  • Classic “page-R” inspired 32-step sequencer
  • 24 sources of modulations per track to apply to all “CONTROL” parameters
  • High-quality output effects
  • VST, VST3, AU, AAX, and standalone operation

Preset Browser

Our redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you’re looking for.

Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you’re looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. There’s never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.

Resizable GUI

The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any High Resolution screen, UHD or Retina.

You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you’re working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.

System Requirements

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac

  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit (64-bit DAWs only)

Protection

The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.


6. Regroover Essential

by accusonus

Regroover Essential

Regroover – Your Samples, Reimagined

Discover the magic inside your drum loops which you’ve wanted to extract for years. Create new sounds from old or simply adjust the volume of individual elements inside a loop. Regroover uses Artificial-Intelligence to extract layers from within your previously recorded beats and samples. Once Regroover analyzes the file, you are able to make your own drum kits and combine them with external sounds to make new beats, loops, and your own unique Expansion Kits.

Regroover is a new type of beat-making virtual instrument for music producers, beatmakers, and DJs who work with drum loops and samples. Using patented Machine Learning algorithms, Regroover does what no other software or hardware can do.

Also available:

Extract layers from within previously recorded beats and samples and:

  • Remix and re-arrange audio loops on-the-fly.
  • Get previously inaccessible sounds from inside your loops.
  • Create and perform new beats from sounds you discover inside your samples.

Use Regroover to:

  • Unmix your loops into distinct sound layers.
  • Get previously unheard sounds from inside your loops.
  • Craft the isolated beat elements and form your unique rhythmic signature.

Who’s it For?

Regroover is for music producers, beatmakers, and DJs who use sampling, drum programming, and beat slicing to remix and compose.

Who Should Never use Regroover?

Musical snobs who don’t like fun sample manipulation tools and new ways to work with samples.

Regroove Your Inspiration

Free yourself from traditional sampling limitations.

Unmix your grooves and reach new sampling frontiers: Grab the live vibe of an isolated hi-hat pattern or extract that punchy snare you always wanted. Regroove your old sound libraries and produce astonishingly-fresh tunes.

Refine your beats and create precisely mixed and texturally varied tempo patterns: Craft the sound of individual sound components and add your favorite effects. Swap kit elements of the original groove with new ones.

Remix your beats to produce outstanding rhythmic foundations: Rearrange the Groove’s layers and create brand new tempo patterns. Use Regroover’s MIDI functionality to create inspirational beat variations and remix them on the spot.

Explore the A.I. capabilities and extract unique grooves and soundscapes: Play around with the A.I. engine and obtain new, previously unheard sounds. Reveal and capture the underlying micro-rhythms and hidden tempo patterns of each audio clip.

Regroover is available in two different versions with the Pro Edition offering the following…

Split Engine:

  • Split (unmix) audio loops into distinct layers
  • Refine split results with custom annotations

Layer Mixer:

  • Snap to grid for rhythmic remixing and triggering
  • Remix your layers via MIDI
  • Adjust volume and pan of separate loop layers
  • Change layer duration via loop markers
  • Apply EQ, Gate, Compressor to any layer
  • Load and play expansion kits
  • Apply external effects with multichannel output
  • Export layers as individual audio files

Editors’ Tab:

  • Extract sounds from Layers and drag them to their own trigger pads
  • Edit extracted sounds via the expansion kit mixer and effects
  • Save expansion kits and create self-contained Regroover projects

Features:

  • Sync To Host functionality that allows for instant Regroover integration with new or existing DAW projects
  • User-Defined Pattern Lengths that offer an intuitive new way to instantly produce new beats from your pre-recorded samples.

System Requirements

Mac OS X:

  • Versions 10.8.5 or later (64-bit) 
  • AU (32/64-bit), VST (32/64-bit) and AAX (64-bit) 
  • RAM: 2GB (4+ GB recommended) 
  • Monitor: 1280-by-800 resolution or higher 
  • Hard Disk space: 250MB

Windows:

  • Versions 7 SP1 or later (64-bit) 
  • VST (32/64-bit) and AAX (64-bit) 
  • RAM: 2GB (4+ GB recommended) 
  • Monitor: 1280-by-800 resolution or higher 
  • Hard Disk space: 250MB

DAW Compatibility:

Regroover has been tested in the following DAWs: Ableton Live 9.5, Logic Pro 10.2, Steinberg Cubase 7.5 (64-bit only), Avid Pro Tools 11.3 and 12.5, Cockos Reaper 5.22, Presonus Studio One 3.0, Bitwig Studio 2.0, ImageLine FL Studio 12.0.

Note: Steinberg Cubase (32-bit) is currently not supported.


7. Cataract

by Glitchmachines

Cataract

Segment Multiplexer

Cataract is a Segment Multiplexer for Electronic Music Production and Experimental Sound Design

Cataract features an arsenal of sample scanners with integrated modulation sequencers, generative parameters and various morphing functions. This makes it possible to construct architecturally complex patterns ranging from nuanced percussive articulations to intricate particle sound effects and all-out glitch chaos. Cataract comes with a large library of loops and samples, as well as more than 180 presets to get you started.

Once you’re ready to take things further, load up samples from any of our specialized packs to dramatically increase Cataract’s sonic palette. Of course you can also load any of your existing samples to fully customize Cataract to your needs. Warp pitched samples into parallax melodies or redistribute loop segments into generative polyrhythms. Cataract will give your projects a unique cutting-edge twist.

Cataract features a dynamic, colour-coded user interface that simplifies navigation and streamlines functionality. One of the plugin’s highlights is the ability to step-sequence nearly every parameter, making it possible to coordinate extremely expressive and detailed patterns. Synchronize with your hosts’s clock, use your MIDI keyboard to improvise complex pattern variations in real time, or sequence precise parameter changes from within your favourite DAW. You can even utilize Cataract’s GEN functions to set up completely generative evolving phrases.

Cataract includes two scanners, each of which are equipped with two sample slots. Each scanner includes two LFOs, a multimode filter, a multimode delay effect, a scan sequencer with windowing and dedicated LFO, a 3-Band graphic EQ, four dedicated randomizers, five MIDI triggered save states and a dedicated modulation matrix. Globally, Cataract features a crossfade-style morph section with its own dedicated X-MOD LFO, as well as three percentage-based randomizers that facilitate consistently compelling results with relative ease.

Features

  • 2 Versatile Scanner Modules
  • Mod & Scan Step Sequencers
  • 2 LFOs per Scanner
  • X-MOD Morphing LFO
  • Multi-Mode Filter & Delay FX
  • Extensive Randomization Tools
  • Switching Color-Coded UI
  • 180+ Presets & 400+ Samples

System Requirements

Mac:

  • OS X 10.8 or higher (32 & 64-Bit / PPC not supported)
  • Approximately 1.5 GB of hard drive space
  • Minimum 2 GB RAM
  • Minimum recommended CPU: Core 2 Duo, 2GHz
  • Broadband Internet connection required for product download
  • VST/AU host such as Ableton Live, Logic Pro, etc.

Windows:

  • Windows 8+ (32 & 64-Bit)
  • Approximately 1.5 GB of hard drive space
  • Minimum 2 GB RAM
  • CPU with SSE2 support
  • Broadband Internet connection required for product download
  • VST host such as Ableton Live, etc.

8. Polygon

by Glitchmachines

Polygon

Composite Sampler

Polygon is a Sampler Geared Toward Electronic Music Production and Experimental Sound Design

With its unconventional attributes and fast, forward-thinking design, Polygon was conceived from the ground up to facilitate the creation of stunning composite sound effects. Polygon’s clean and logical interface, extensive modulation options and distinctive sonic fingerprint make it an invaluable tool for creative sound design.

Polygon includes a large library of samples and comes with 120 presets to get you started.  Once you’re ready to take things further, load up samples from any of our specialized packs to dramatically increase Polygon’s sonic palette. Of course, you can also load any of your existing samples to fully customize Polygon to your needs.

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At the heart of Polygon, you will find 4 Sampler modules featuring a granular mode and various play and loop modes with focus and loop range sliders. The modules are supported by 8 LFOs, 4 modulation envelopes with variable slopes, two multi-mode filters, three effects processors, a sub oscillator and various global parameters. All of Polygon’s components work in conjunction with its modulation matrix to allow you to achieve extremely dynamic results with relative ease.

The sub oscillator is effectively Polygon’s 5th voice. It was implemented to reinforce Polygon’s final output with the often needed mass and impact of low-frequency content. To increase flexibility, this oscillator can operate in either sine and square wave mode with pulse width modulation, offers filter and effects routing options and is fully integrated into the modulation matrix. As with any of the sampler modules, the sub-oscillator can easily be deactivated when needed.

Features

  • 4 Monophonic Sampler Modules
  • Granular Mode
  • 4 Mod Envelopes & 8 LFOs
  • 3 FX Processors
  • Sub Oscillator
  • Mod Matrix & RND ISO Suite
  • 120+ Presets & 1+ GB of Samples

System Requirements

Mac:

  • OS X 10.8+ (32 & 64-Bit / PPC not supported)
  • Approximately 1.5 GB of hard drive space
  • Minimum 2 GB RAM
  • Minimum recommended CPU: Core 2 Duo, 2GHz
  • CPU with SSE2 support
  • Broadband Internet connection required for product download
  • VST/AU host such as Ableton Live, Logic Pro, etc.

Windows:

  • Windows 8+ (32 & 64-Bit)
  • Approximately 1.5 GB of hard drive space
  • Minimum 2 GB RAM
  • Minimum recommended CPU: Core 2 Duo, 2GHz
  • CPU with SSE2 support
  • Broadband Internet connection required for product download
  • VST host such as Ableton Live, etc.

9. Structure 2

by AIR Music Technology

Structure 2

A Sampling Powerhouse

Structure is a multi-timbral instrument with a built-in sample library and editor that enables you to combine, layer, and edit your samples. At its core, Structure has a powerful 128-level multi-timbral universal sound engine that can support up to 8-channel interleaved samples. With Structure, you can create complex, rich patches by blending together multiple samples and effects. Each patch can have an unlimited number of parts, and each part can consist of a single sample, multiple samples, a sub-patch, a MIDI processor, and audio and MIDI effects. All of these elements can be rearranged and tweaked for extensive sound experimentation.

A World of Sounds

Structure comes with a massive 37+GB premium sample sound library from AIR Music Technology. This comprehensive collection equips you with almost every instrument imaginable, and includes AIR Music Technology’s exclusive orchestral elements (strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion), acoustic and electronic drums (including Nashville Signature drum kits captured from sessions at the famed Blackbird Studios), hand and pitched percussion, pianos and keyboards (including a new high-definition grand piano), choral sounds, guitars, basses, synth pads, synth leads, surround sounds, and atmospheres.

In addition to its built-in library, Structure can also play third party sound banks, allowing you to load and manipulate unencrypted Avid SampleCell, Native Instruments Kontakt, and Apple Logic EXS24 sound libraries. Structure supports samples with any standard bit depth, sample rate, and surround format — up to 24-bit, 192 kHz, 7.1 surround audio. Plus, its built-in REX file player can handle any tempo you may wish to work into your projects.

Sample Editor & Effects

Structure comes equipped with an integrated Sample Editor, enabling you to tweak and fine-tune a sound without leaving your DAW. It also provides per-zone editing, allowing you to alter different characteristics of a sound using standard waveform tools, or manipulate various parameters such as the pitch, envelope, filter, amplifier envelope, output, and effects routing. The Sample Editor is resizable and can be stretched across your computer screen for precise editing.

Structure also features an integrated multi-effects processing engine that offers over 20 types of world-class effects algorithms in stereo and surround. Choose from a variety of reverbs (including stereo and surround convolution reverbs), delays, compressors, EQs, and more. You can meticulously dial-in a custom effect to complement your sound, or select any of the hundreds of presets for a quick enhancement with zero effort. An unlimited number of effects can be inserted within each patch, and you can route any patch, part, or zone to four global effects sends — each of which features four effects inserts — enabling you to fine-tune each aspect of your creation for unprecedented patch design.

Intuitive Organization

Structure features a built-in database and file browser to help you locate sounds quickly and manage your sound library. Search for sounds by instrument type, manufacturer, style, name, and more, and audition samples right in the browser to find that perfect starting point. You can also register, categorize, and edit any file’s metadata to optimize your search results.

Structure was designed to be a powerful, intuitive tool that enables you to create complex sounds with simple controls. As a result, its interface and operational controls are straightforward and organized, allowing you to spend more time creating. The Structure interface features a built-in keyboard that allows you to test notes and play parts at any time, or connect a MIDI controller for full hands-on sound triggering and musical performances. It also features six Smart Knobs that provide easy access to key sonic parameters on a patch-by-patch basis. You can also assign any rotary controller within the Structure interface to a knob on your own hardware MIDI controller for total hands-on, real-time control.

Features

  • A multi-timbral sampler instrument with a comprehensive sound library and editor
  • Supports up to 128-level multi-timbral playback per Structure instance; unlimited number of parts, audio effects, and MIDI effects per patch
  • 37+GB of content that includes orchestral, synths, percussion sounds, and more
  • Use your SampleCell, Kontakt, and EXS24 sound libraries* (supports up to 8-channel interleaved samples)
  • Supports all common bit depths, sample rates, and surround formats: Up to 24-bit / 192 kHz / 7.1 surround
  • Sample Editor enables extensive waveform editing and sample mapping
  • Stereo and surround multi-effects processing offers over 20 effects types
  • Up to 31 auxiliary outputs allow discrete source mixing and signal processing
  • 6 assignable, context-dependent Smart Knobs for intuitive programming
  • MIDI Learn functionality allows easy mapping to MIDI controllers
  • Enhanced database and file browser make finding sounds easier than ever
  • Integrated REX player allows you to use and manipulate REX 1 and 2 files
  • Supports LFO and mod wheel assignments imported with your EXS24 samples

System Requirements

Mac:

  • Mac OS X 10.8.5-10.14 (10.15 Catalina not yet supported); Core Duo Processor (Core i5 or i7 Recommended)

PC:

  • Windows 10, 8 or Windows 7 Service Pack 1; Minimum Dual Core 2GHz (Intel Core i5 or i7 Recommended)

Formats:

VST (32 bit and 64 bit) qualified for:

  • Ableton Live, Cubase, Arsenal

AU (64 bit only) qualified for:

  • Logic Pro X

AAX qualified for:

  • ProTools 10.3 (32 bit), ProTools 11.x (64 bit)

Please Note:

  • Minimum RAM 4GB (8GB or more recommended)
  • 110GB free hard drive space required (Download and Installation)
  • Internet Access required (Download and Authorization)
  • FREE iLok account & Licence Manager is required to authorise this software (a physical USB iLok is not required).

Important Notes: 

  • This software is not yet compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina.
  • FREE iLok account & Licence Manager is required to authorise this software (a physical USB iLok is not required).
  • Please be aware this product features a very large, high-quality sample library, so a high-speed broadband internet connection is required to download and authorise this product.

10. Regroover Pro

by accusonus

Regroover Pro

Regroover – Your Samples, Reimagined

Discover the magic inside your drum loops which you’ve wanted to extract for years. Create new sounds from old or simply adjust the volume of individual elements inside a loop. Regroover uses Artificial-Intelligence to extract layers from within your previously recorded beats and samples. Once Regroover analyzes the audio file, you are able to make your own drum kits and combine external sounds to make new beats, loops and your own unique Expansion Kits.

Regroover is a new type of beat-making virtual instrument for music producers, beatmakers, and DJs who work with drum loops and samples. Using patented Machine Learning algorithms, Regroover does what no other software or hardware can do.

Also available:

Extract layers from within previously recorded beats and samples and:

  • Remix and re-arrange audio loops on-the-fly.
  • Get previously inaccessible sounds from inside your loops.
  • Create and perform new beats from sounds you discover inside your samples.

Use Regroover to:

  • Unmix your loops into distinct sound layers.
  • Get previously unreachable sounds from inside your loops.
  • Craft the isolated beat elements and form your unique rhythmic signature.

Regroover Pro Only Features:

  • Grab that magic kick, snare or clap and place it on its own trigger pad.
  • Or Build your own Expansion Kit with any element inside your loop which makes for rapid-fire MIDI triggering of samples to make new beats and grooves.
  • Create Regroover Projects with both external and found sounds from inside your loops.

Who’s It For?

Regroover is for music producers, beatmakers and DJs who use sampling, drum programming, and beat slicing to remix and compose.

Who should never use Regroover?

Musical snobs who don’t like fun sample manipulation tools and new ways to work with samples.

Regroove Your Inspiration

Free yourself from traditional sampling limitations.

Unmix your grooves and reach new sampling frontiers: Grab the live vibe of an isolated hi-hat pattern or extract that punchy snare you always wanted. Regroove your old sound libraries and produce astonishingly-fresh tunes.

Refine your beats and create precisely mixed and texturally varied tempo patterns: Craft the sound of individual sound components and add your favorite effects. Swap kit elements of the original groove with new ones.

Remix your beats to produce outstanding rhythmic foundations: Rearrange the Groove’s layers and create brand new tempo patterns. Use Regroover’s MIDI functionality to create inspirational beat variations and remix them on the spot.

Explore the A.I. capabilities and extract unique grooves and soundscapes: Play around with the A.I. engine and obtain new, previously unheard sounds. Reveal and capture the underlying micro-rhythms and hidden tempo patterns of each audio clip.

Regroover is available in two different versions with the Pro Edition offering the following…

Split Engine:

  • Split (unmix) audio loops into distinct layers
  • Refine split results with custom annotations

Layer Mixer:

  • Snap to grid for rhythmic remixing and triggering
  • Remix your layers via MIDI
  • Adjust volume and pan of separate loop layers
  • Change layer duration via loop markers
  • Apply EQ, Gate, Compressor to any layer
  • Load and play expansion kits
  • Apply external effects with multichannel output
  • Export layers as individual audio files

Editors’ Tab:

  • Extract sounds from Layers and drag them to their own trigger pads
  • Edit extracted sounds via the expansion kit mixer and effects
  • Save expansion kits and create self-contained Regroover projects

Features:

  • Sync To Host functionality that allows for instant Regroover integration with new or existing DAW projects
  • User-Defined Pattern Lengths that offer an intuitive new way to instantly produce new beats from your pre-recorded samples.

System Requirements

Mac OS X:

  • Versions 10.8.5 or later (64-bit) 
  • AU (32/64-bit), VST (32/64-bit) and AAX (64-bit) 
  • RAM: 2GB (4+ GB recommended) 
  • Monitor: 1280-by-800 resolution or higher 
  • Hard Disk space: 250MB

Windows:

  • Versions 7 SP1 or later (64-bit) 
  • VST (32/64-bit) and AAX (64-bit) 
  • RAM: 2GB (4+ GB recommended) 
  • Monitor: 1280-by-800 resolution or higher 
  • Hard Disk space: 250MB

DAW Compatibility:

Regroover has been tested in the following DAWs: Ableton Live 9.5, Logic Pro 10.2, Steinberg Cubase 7.5 (64-bit only), Avid Pro Tools 11.3 and 12.5, Cockos Reaper 5.22, Presonus Studio One 3.0, Bitwig Studio 2.0, ImageLine FL Studio 12.0.

Note: Steinberg Cubase (32-bit) is currently not supported.


11. Rhythmiq

by accusonus

Rhythmiq

Turn your tracks into a performance

Rhythmiq allows you to instantly jam with your beats. Get unlimited beat variations with the turn of a single knob. Generate and save new Rhythmiq patterns and instantly create fills and build-ups. Enable your A.I. Beat Assistant and let Rhythmiq perform your beats in real-time like when you are jamming with a human band-mate.

Features

Instantly jam with your stems

Jam with your beats like never before. Get unlimited beat variations with the turn of a single knob. Generate and save new Rhythmiq patterns and create breaks and build-ups. Enable your A.I. Beat Assistant and let Rhythmiq perform your beats in real-time, like you were jamming with a human band-mate.

Meet your Beat Assistant

Your new “virtual electronic drummer” analyzes your beats and introduces nuanced micro-variations or musical, evolving changes. This will allow to focus on other parts of your music while your beat is organically evolving.

Fine-tune Rhythmiq’s A.I. in real-time

Although it uses ground-breaking A.I. technology, Rhythmiq is still controlled by you. Decide how much density, space and variation you need. Experience the new way to perform your beats and find inspiration.

Save and Launch beat variations, always in sync

Generate breaks, fills and build-ups from your beats or layered stems and save them without stopping the music. Stay-in-the flow while you transform your beats into a performance. Use your hardware controller to shape your sequences and manipulate your beats. Use Rhythmiq’s arrange, reverse and silence functions to perform your stems live or to jam in the studio.

Rhythmiq v1.0.7 Update Changelog

  • Improved audio performance during playback when HOST mode is enabled.
  • Improved real-time syncing when changing DAW playback position.
  • Improved GUI rendering performance.
  • AAX Plug-in support for Avid Pro Tools 2019 (Beta).
  • Fixed Scene launching not working correctly under certain playback conditions.
  • Fixed Automation parameters not working correctly during host record mode 
  • Fixed Drag & drop not working correctly under certain conditions

System Requirements

Mac OSX:

  • Versions 10.10 or later (64-bit)
  • AudioUnit (64 bit) and VST (64-bit only)
  • RAM: 4GB or more
  • Monitor: 1280-by-800 resolution or higher
  • Hard Disk space: 2GB or more

Windows

  • Versions 7 SP1 or later
  • VST2 (64-bit) and VST3 (64-bit only)
  • RAM: 4GB or more
  • Monitor: 1280-by-800 resolution or higher
  • Hard Disk space: 2GB or more

Supported Audio File Formats

Rhythmiq supports the following audio file formats:

  • WAV
  • AIF/AIFF
  • FLAC
  • MP3
  • And the following sampling rates: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz.

Supported Hosts: 

Rhythmiq is fully tested in the following DAWs and NLEs:

  • Ableton Live 10
  • Apple Logic Pro 10.4

Rhythmiq is partially tested in the following DAWs and NLEs:

  • Presonus Studio One
  • Image Line FL Studio

Notes:

  • This software is 64-bit only and will not function on 32-bit systems
  • There are just too many combinations of DAWs and plug-in formats out there, so there’s always something we might have not tested. If you don’t see your DAW above, you can always download the free, fully-functional 14-day Trial Version that is available at the top of this page to see if Rhythmiq is functional for yourself.

12. Robotizer

by Sinevibes

Robotizer

Rhythmic Audio Granulator

Important note: This software is Mac compatible only (Audio Units) and will not function on PC computers.

Robotizer by Sinevibes is a rhythmic audio granulator. It does its thing by continuously recording small grains of audio and repeating them several times, then starting the round again and again. Each granulator round is triggered in a rhythmical fashion via a step sequencer which is tightly synchronized to the host transport.

Robotizer’s main parameters such as grain size and repeats count have wide adjustments and include intelligent new randomization and correlation features – all this goodness makes this seemingly simple plugin capable of producing “robotic” granular effects, complex strumming and gating, never-repeating stutter patterns – and much beyond. Robotizer is precisely controlled or completely chaotic and endlessly evolving – whatever you set it to do.

Robotizer’s graphic interface features real-time waveform displays for dry input and granulator output, giving you a precise picture of how it operates. All elements are color-coded and feature subtle animations, not only aiding your workflow but also making it unusually fun and enjoyable – this is a Sinevibes product, after all.

Features

Sound Engine:

  • Real-time audio granulator triggered via a transport-synchronized step sequencer.
  • Variable sequencer rate, swing and trigger probability.
  • Variable grain size & repeats with correlation feature.
  • Intelligent randomization algorithms with natural random number spread.
  • Variable hard-left and hard-right granulator pan randomization.

Graphic Interface:

  • Color-coded control elements with animated transitions between settings
  • Fully hardware-accelerated rendering with support for Retina screen resolution

System Requirements

  • Works with any application that supports Audio Unit effect plugins
  • Supports OS X 10.6 or later running on 32 or 64 bit Intel Macs

Important Notes: 

  • This software is Mac compatible only (Audio Units) 
  • An Audio Units (AU) compatible DAW is also required to run this software
  • This software will not function on PC computers

13. Drop-X

by BeatSkillz

Drop-X

Drag & Drop Sampler Plugin with Beat Repeat

What is Drop-X?

Drop-X is a very easy to use Drag & Drop Sampler plugin with Beat Repeat. The plugin can contain upto 3 layers of samples which are auto-mapped by pitch as soon as they are dropped in the sample window per layer.

Features

Easy to Use: 

Single Page Interface. Easy Label of all Parameters.

10 Banks Of Sounds Included:

Comes with over 250 Presets containing  Kicks, Snares, Hats, Cymbals, Claps, Bass, Synth, Textures, Vox. & Chords to get you started. More sound banks will be available soon.

Key-Switch Beat Repeats:

Co-Fo is assigned for  1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64 and triplet (dotted) Beat Repeats which sync to DAW Tempo; works with any MIDI Controller or computer keyboard/ Touch Screen

Automatic Sample Mapping:

Any sample (s) dropped into the sample waveform window are automatically mapped from their fundamental pitch upwards and are mapped from C1 key onwards.

System Requirements

Mac:

  • macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 or later (Catalina Supported)
  • VST / AU / AAX (32-bit or 64-bit host)
  • Intel i3 or later  / AMD Athlon 64 or equivalent 
  • 2 GB RAM / 300 MB HD Required
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768

Windows:

  • Windows 10
  • VST / AAX (32-bit or 64-bit host)
  • Intel i3 or later / AMD Athlon 64 or equivalent
  • 2 GB RAM / 300 MB HD
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768

14. Direct Wave

by Image Line

Direct Wave

DirectWave is one of the most complete VSTi samplers currently available.

Note – This software is Windows compatible only and will not function on Mac computers!

Opens All Your Sounds.

It loads and edits most of the existing sound formats³ out there (WAV (any), SF2 (Soundfont), AKP (Akai), Propellerheads Recycle, Native Instruments Battery, Kontakt *(nki), GIGA *(gig) & eMagic EXS24, …) and it can even sample your existing VSTi instruments.

Features

  • 16 part multitimbral, 32-bit VSTi sampler.
  • 128 Voice Polyphony.
  • 128 programs.
  • Unlimited zones per program.
  • All samplerates supported.
  • Realtime SINC-64 point interpolation (HQ Audiophile)
  • Poly, Mono, Legato operation, with glide / auto mode.
  • 2*24 dB 5 mode filters serial or parallel.
  • Flexible 16 slot freely assignable Modulation Matrix.
  • 2 mod. ADSR envelopes, 2 zone-independent mod. LFOs 2 global program mod.
  • LFOs
  • Automatable loop points, reverse loop points supported.
  • Loop modes : fwd, one-shot, sustained, bounce looping.
  • Automatable sample start offset (available as mod. destination parameters)
  • Built-in voice Insert FX with independent settings for each zone : ring mod.
  • Samplerate decimator, bitcrusher & phaser.
  • Built-in send effects : chorus, reverb, delay (with filtered feedback, sync to host tempo).
  • Independent send amounts per zone.
  • Freely assignable 16 stereo outputs.
  • Multi-editor with channel list, mixer, expression, modulation and pitchbend.
  • GUI controls.
  • Built-in sample editor with destructive editing (cut / copy / paste / trim functions), loop finding tool, normalize, vertical / horizontal zooming, etc)
  • Realtime sampling / recording of whatever is connected to DirectWave inputs (needs modular host or host with assignable plug-in routing)
  • Record Threshold: sampling input will wait until signal peak arises (-40dB)
  • Built-in VSTi host to easily automate “sampling” of your vst instruments directly into DirectWave.
  • Total Recall operation mode: DirectWave will enclose all the required  sample data in the project files created by your host: it creates totally portable projects without worrying about needed sample files.
  • Import: DWP (proprietary), WAV (any), SF2 (Soundfont), AKP (Akai), Propellerheads Recycle, Native Instruments Battery, Kontakt *(nki), GIGA *(gig) & eMagic EXS24.
  • Several importing methods: built-in browsing, drag&drop, menu options.
  • Built-in fast library browser list and tree-arranged menu program selector.
  • Zone editor with visual zone arrangement map and list with all zone properties.
  • All program/zone parameters of all channels can be automated as VST parameters.

WARNING: DirectWave will not import the above formats if they have been encrypted/protected. Encryption is sometimes used by vendors to prevent non-native import of program files (they want you to buy their sampler) so check with the vendor they are not encrypyted/locked to a given sampler if you are planning to purchase any of these formats for use with DirectWave and/or test out the demo of DirectWave to see if it works BEFORE you buy it.

System Requirements

  • Windows XP (SP2), Vista, Win7, Win8, Win8.1, Win10 – (32 & 64 Bit)
  • 2Ghz AMD or Intel Pentium 3 compatible CPU with full SSE1 support
  • 512Mb RAM.
  • 30Mb free disc space.
  • DirectSound or ASIO compatible soundcard. 

Note – This software is Windows compatible only and will not function on Mac computers!

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15. ReCycle

by Reason Studios

ReCycle

The Perfect Tool for Sampled Grooves

ReCycle is a creative tool that helps you make the most of your grooves. In simple terms, ReCycle lets you do with sampled loops what you can do with beats programmed from individual drum sounds – like alter the tempo, or replace sounds and process them individually. A tool for quickly editing sampled parts, chopping up riffs, remixing and doing mash-ups.

Slice your sampled loops with ReCycle and turn them from rigid recordings to flexible musical elements that blend seamlessly with your music. ReCycle slices loops into their rhythmical components, letting you quantize, rearrange or totally reimagine your sampled grooves.

How it’s Done

  • Slice: ReCycle finds all the transients in your sampled material and slices your loop up, while also keeping the timing information so you can play it back at any tempo without losing its feel or with the artefacts that come from time stretch.
  • Tweak: Sculpt your sound with ReCycle’s built-in effects: Transient Shaper, EQ, Envelope and a stretch feature that stretches the tail end of your each slice in the loop.
  • Create: Save your loops as REX files and let the creative part begin. With ReCycled audio, your loops can be arranged, rearranged have their timing altered or even be used as a groove template for your song.

ReCycle Tricks

  • 1. Like the sounds of your loop, but the feel isn’t right for your song? ReCycled loops can be quantized in your sequencer to fit with any groove.
  • 2. Or maybe you feel of your loop, but the snare isn’t right? Simply replace the snare while keeping the tempo.
  • 3. Create a more living performance by rearranging the loop’s slices in your sequencer to create fills and variations.
  • 4. Use your sequencer’s groove quantize to set the ReCycled loop as your groove template and have the whole track swinging to your loop.

Features

ReCycle In Action

Imagine that you have a sample of a drum loop that you want to use in a track you are working on. The loop is 108 bpm and your track is 90 bpm. What do you do? You can of course pitch down the loop, but that will make the loop sound very different, and what if there are harmonies in the loop that you want to match to your song. You can also time stretch it. That will keep the pitch, but will make the loop sound different and lose some punch.

Enter ReCycle and the smart way to make loops tempo independent. Instead of stretching the sample, ReCycle REX files are sliced into little pieces so that each drum hit (or whatever sound you are working with) gets its own slice. When you then change the tempo of the loop, the time between the slices is stretched, instead of the slices themselves.

Full Control

When you load a sound into ReCycle, the program will “look” at the file, analyze it, and break it up into its rhythmic components. The process itself is fully automated, but the slices are yours to move, audition or delete, using the program’s on-screen tools and controls. Other tools allow you to set the length, attack and decay of the slices, and to change your groove’s overall tempo or pitch, without one affecting the other. It’s not magic, but it’s probably as close as you can get.

Slicing a loop also gives you individual control over both the sound of the slices and the timing. You can rearrange the loop, change the feel of it, replace parts of the loop with other samples, pitch it, and much more. ReCycle turns concrete-rigid loops into musical modelling clay, allowing you, the loopist, to do pretty much what you desire.

Use ReCycle as a problem solver for loops: Load a drum loop into ReCycle, set a new tempo or pitch, and save the results as a new file. Or load up any groove, and use ReCycle’s on-screen signal processors: Compressor, EQ and Transient Designer, to give it some punch and distinction. Anything you choose to do in ReCycle can be applied to your loop non-destructively, and saved as a new file.

The Dr. Octo Rex and REX Files in Reason

The Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player is a unique machine that has become one of the cornerstones in Reason’s intuitive musical workflow. It plays loops treated by Propellerhead Software’s ReCycle and its design enables some truly creative ways to use ReCycled loops.

When you open a new ReCycled loop in Dr. Octo Rex you can load up the corresponding MIDI data in a special REX editor in the sequencer where you can move the slices around to create the beats you want. This way you can take a drum loop and rearrange it any way you want.

The REX File Format

REX is the native file format of ReCycle. A REX file contains the original audio of the loop, the slices you have applied in ReCycle, and any effects or processing you have added in ReCycle. REX files are also compressed, using a non-lossy compression technique to save some precious hard drive space. 

You can also use your REX files in as audio by importing them directly onto Audio Tracks in Reason’s sequencer. When you import a REX file as audio, it is automatically stretched to fit the tempo of your Record songs.

The REX technology is available for third parties and has become the de facto standard for loop handing in just about every DAW. These are the apps that support the REX technology today:

  • Ableton Live
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Image-Line FL Studio
  • Apple Logic
  • Steinberg Nuendo
  • Avid Pro Tools
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Reason Studios Reason
  • Renoise
  • Cakewalk Sonar
  • Presonus Studio One
  • Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Native Instruments Maschine
  • MOTU MachFive
  • Steinberg HALion
  • Spectrasonics Stylus RMX
  • SonomaWireWorks RiffWorks
  • SonomaWireWorks DrumCore
  • Toontrack Beatstation
  • Avid Transfuser
  • fxpansion Geist

System Requirements

Mac

  • Intel processor (or better)
  • 512 MB of RAM or more
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • 800×600 display (or better)

Windows

  • PC with 300 MHz or faster Pentium compatible processor
  • 512 MB of RAM or more
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