SampleTank

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Description of App: 

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The master-quality MIDI sound and groove workstation for the mobile artist provides hundreds of world-class instrument and patterns included - piano, organ, drums, bass, guitar, strings, synths, percussion, vocals and many more! SampleTank is the first professional quality sound and groove workstation with hundreds of world-class instruments and patterns that you can always have with you. You can play SampleTank instruments on stage or in the studio with the iRig MIDI (www.irigmidi.com) interface and a keyboard or pad controller just as you would with a regular sound or synthesizer module, use the new iRIG KEYS (www.irigkeys.com) mini-keyboard controller at home or on the road, or you can use the built-in tools to create inspiring professional sounding music anywhere your mobile life takes you. SampleTank now includes a 4-track MIDI recorder as well as an enhanced drum pads interface to create any kind of music anytime and everywhere. SampleTank instruments give you unmatched realism, sound variety and audio performance – a true premier for the iOS world. For the first time on this platform, hundreds of professional sample-based sounds and patterns can be easily accessed, layered and used for playing live. You can make music anytime and anywhere the inspiration hits you. SampleTank is the most compact sound and groove module ever made. SampleTank gives you 16 instrument categories for an expandable sound set of over 500 instruments that cover virtually every acoustic, electric and electronic sound you may need. Choose drums, pianos, bass, guitars, synthesizers, strings, percussion — whatever your sound needs may be, it’s there. Plus, each category includes instrument riffs and grooves, so you can immediately utilize and experiment with the over 1,000 included patterns. Plus, SampleTank expansion sound packs allow you to pick and choose only the sounds you need, when you need them. You can have up to 4 simultaneous instrument parts, perfect for playing live. Use them to build a full rhythmic groove or to layer sounds together for rich creative sounds. Groovy. Plus you get the same sound and performance quality from our mobile app that you’d expect from our high-end professional studio products. And you do. Lightning-fast sound loading and near-zero latency makes putting the groove in your pocket an easy thing to do. So get in the pocket and get SampleTank. SampleTank includes 136 instruments and over 1,000 patterns, plus you can expand your sound library a-la-carte via in-app purchase with 22 Sound Packs for each instruments category including Drums, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Chromatic, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Synth Leads, Synth Pads, Trons, Voices, Ethnic, Percussion and Sound FX, all with dozens of voicing to choose from, or you can get the complete SampleTank Sound Packs bundle for a competitive price. 
  • 4-part multi-timbral professional-quality sound and groove module
  • Expandable sound library with more than 500 instruments in 16 categories
  • Over 1,000 melodic and rhythmic patterns for accompaniment or groove creation
  • Included 4-track MIDI recorder
  • Built-in insert effects and master reverb
  • Sound and effects editing with multiple parameters
  • Support for MIDI Program Change, Continuous Controllers and Virtual MIDI
  • 128 User Presets
  • Play interface with piano keyboard, scale-based keyboard and enhanced drum pads
  • Designed in concert with iRig MIDI interface for iOS devices
  • Free version also available

Apple Watch Support: 

Not Known

Version: 

1.5

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone
iPad

Accessibility Comments: 

As with most iK Multimedia apps the accessibility of this one desires better. The instrument categories are a bunch of unlabeled buttons but you can figure it out by tapping around and eventually labeling those with VoiceOver custom labeling function. If you were to buy this app, I would strongly suggest an external MIDI keyboard as the built-in one doesn't play well with VoiceOver. The samples, however, are a lot of fun and are of a fairly good quality.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads a few page elements.

Button Labeling: 

Few buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

There are some accessibility issues with this app, but it can still be used if you are willing to tolerate these issues and learn how to work around them.

Other Comments: 

I would encourage you to try the free version and, of course, write to the developer.

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@ikmultimedia