IK Multimedia SampleTank XL 2.5
IK Multimedia SampleTank XL 2.5

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

songboy 11/14/2009

IK Multimedia SampleTank XL 2.5 : songboy's user review


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I run a Macbook and have had no compatibility issues in Logic 9, Ableton 7 or as a stand alone unit. 
The manual is clear enough.  I have only used it a few times to find specific things and they were easy to find.
This thing is pretty big.  There are also a lot of options and parameters to adjust.  I would say that it is not very simple, but actually daunting the first few times. 
Once you get used to the layout, it starts to make pretty good sense and the typical functions become easily accessible.


Yes, the software works correctly so far.  I have had no audio drop outs nor has the software ever crashed or lost any presets.  Like sampletron, this thing is solid. 
The performance is pretty solid in the way of response.  The presets are set to give you a natural feel for whatever the sound is and it reacts well with my Keystation 88.  Also the patches switch quickly which is nice.
I have been using the sample tank for about a year now.


There are some pretty good patches in this guy and quite a few to choose from.  This was my main sample arsenal for a long time until I started getting into Logic's stuff.  Some of the Horn's are good (especially ensembles), as well as the organs, some electric pianos, and the orchestral stuff.  Over time though, I found myself using Logic more and now I only go to the Sample tank if the EXS 24 (Logic) doesn't cut it. 
What I like least about this thing is how small it is.  It seems like you should be able to adjust the size or the unit and especially the size of the text (way to small). 
I honestly can't remember how much I paid for this, maybe $200? 250?  Either way, I would suggest doubling that amount and buying Logic 9.  It gives you the whole production/performance package with a big enough sample library to keep you satisfied.  But overall, if $250(?) is the peak of your budget, this is a fairly good colleciton of instruments.  If you don't rely on it for superb piano/keyboard sounds, it can do all the rest good enough.
I will quantify the precision of sound with a 8 out of 10.  Lots of decent sounds, nothing that will blow any minds though, but enough to get you covered for most instruments. 
This was my first big sampled library.
I would probably not do it again only because of Logic 9 (or 8 back then) being the better way to go.