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    Elf Audio Koala Sampler

    Sampler App For iOS & Android

    Koala Sampler makes sampling simple again.

    Reviews Oct 2022
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    Roland SPD-SX Pro

    Roland release SPD-SX Pro

    Roland’s brand new flagship sample pad

    Roland say they have answered sample pad users’ requests with a host of added features.

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    Soundplant v50.5 qwerty keyboard virtual instrument playback sampler

    Soundplant v50.5 live performance software

    Software rewritten for modern CPUs and GPUs

    Soundplant is capable of turning a normal QWERTY keyboard into a multitrack sampler and playable musical instrument. 

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    Akai MPC Key 61

    Sampling Production Workstation

    The MPC Key isn’t just an MPC with a keyboard, it’s a completely new species of workstation.

    Reviews Jul 2022
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    Chiara Luzzana - Sound Designer

    Chiara Luzzana - Sound Designer | Podcast

    Sampling the world

    Chiara Luzzana is a Sound Designer and Composer, known for her use of Zoom field recorders.

    People Jul 2022
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    Akai MPC feature update 2.11

    Akai MPC 2.11 update

    Update brings new plug-ins, browser and MIDI functionality

    A new feature update for Akai's MPC units is on the way, bringing with it a new browser, plug-ins and MIDI capabilities. 

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    JJ Jeczalik - Art of Noise

    JJ Jeczalik - Art of Noise | Podcast

    Sampling Pioneer

    JJ Jeczalik emerged as the pre-eminent Fairlight programmer of the 1980s primarily as one fifth of the art-pop collective, Art of Noise, but also in projects ranging from ABC and Dollar to Yes and Malcolm McLaren.

    People Jun 2022
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    Roland SP-404 MkII


    Roland’s popular sampler gets a major update.

    Reviews Feb 2022
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    Sub51 Drop Pad

    Sub51 release Drop Pad multi-layered sample instrument

    Organic sound morpher

    Drop Pad is a groundbreaking new drag 'n' drop sample-based NI Kontakt instrument which allows dynamic blending of four imported sound sources, to create multi-layered complex sounds that morph and evolve in an organic way.

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    Akai MPC Studio

    Sampling Workstation

    The MPC Studio provides an affordable middle ground between Akai’s software and hardware MPCs.

    Reviews Jan 2022
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    Novation Circuit Rhythm

    Sampling Groovebox

    Novation’s Circuit Rhythm offers portable immediacy and a surprising amount of depth.

    Reviews Dec 2021
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    Digital Performer: Exploring Nanosampler 2

    MOTU Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    With its significant overhaul, the new Nanosampler 2 offers a wealth of creative sample playback options.

    Techniques Nov 2021
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    Polyend Tracker

    Sequencer & Sampler

    Polyend breathe new life into an old technology with an instrument that’s as forward‑looking as it is retro.

    Reviews Nov 2021
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    Akai Force 3.1

    Akai update Force... again!

    Firmware 3.1 released

    New version 3.1 firmware adds direct-from-disk streaming, compatibility with class compliant audio interfaces, and much more.

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    Roland SP-404 MkII

    Roland update SP-404 sampler

    MkII beat-machine goes mobile

    New MkII version boasts an enhanced sequencer, unlimited sampling time, and battery-powered operation.

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    Sample Slicing: Beatmaking With Hardware

    Akai MPC • Native Instruments Maschine • Ableton Push

    Chopped‑up loops are at the heart of many genres of music. There’s never been a better time to get hands‑on with sliced samples.

    Techniques Oct 2021
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    Akai MPC Studio

    Akai launch new MPC Studio

    MPC Studio combines software with hardware controller

    Available now, this hybrid hardware/software setup includes a pad-based controller designed to work with Akai's MPC2 desktop app.

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    Why I Love... The 1010music Blackbox

    Paul Nagle

    Not long ago, I learned a sobering lesson about pet hates and how they can trip you up. I initially dismissed the 1010music...

    People Sep 2021
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    Isla Instruments S2400


    If vintage samplers butter your muffin, Isla Instruments have got a full afternoon tea for you.

    Reviews Jul 2021
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    Elektron Digitakt

    Digitakt sampling groovebox gets major update

    Elektron release firmware version 1.30

    Elektron's groovebox gains an extra LFO, more filter types, proper stereo processing and much more.

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    Tim Exile - Musician and Technologist

    Endlesss Music Creation - Tim Exile | Podcast

    Collaborative Music Creation

    Musician and Technologist Tim Exile chats to Caro C about the creation of the Endlesss project and the benefits of immersive, collaborative music creation in real-time.

    People May 2021


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