IK Multimedia SampleTank XL 2.5
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IK Multimedia SampleTank XL 2.5

SampleTank XL 2.5, Virtual Sampler/Sample Player from IK Multimedia in the Sampletank series.

H2m 05/12/2012

IK Multimedia SampleTank XL 2.5 : H2m's user review

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The installation of IK products was never very easy before they created the '"authorization manager." Otherwise, no incompatibilities.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

Today, W7 64 on an I7 processor. Before, XP 32 on a dual-core machine. It has worked perfectly with PT6LE, PT8LE and PT10.

OVERALL OPINION

I bought it in 2005. I always use it, although with other signal sources. I chose it at the time to get acquainted with software samplers and to have an "acoustic" sound library that was as varied as possible, knowing that I had a synth.
Regarding the sampler, you can do certain things with it, but it's a bit cumbersome. The GUI is more than limited, it's not Kontakt.
When it comes to the sound library, its variety is definitely its main strength. I have since then gotten better quality sound sources, but you can nevertheless find good ideas, sounds you might have never thought of.
Its value for money is all right. Now, when it comes to whether I would buy it again...it's been 7 years since I have it, and IK has made a modest evolution from V2 to V2.5 in 8 years... Which makes me think that IK will have to update it to more current standards. I have never seen a software that doesn't change... Maybe for the 10th anniversary?