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Authentic recreations of rare vintage keyboards with greater power and control capabilities.

SampleTron virtual instrument software from IK Multimedia and Sonic Reality offers some of the most unique, musically useful tones you can imagine. Combines the authentic recreation of "Tron" sounds such as Mellotrons, Chamberlins, and Optigans with the powerful SampleTank engine to take those nostalgic sounds into the new millennium. SampleTron allows you to manipulate, process, and stretch all these gritty, emotional, and quirky lo-fi sounds. The SampleTron virtual instrument was made for many styles including hip-hop, electronic, and classic rock. The sounds in the IK SampleTron package are diverse, powerful, and inspiring. You'll be creating everything from the nostalgic sounds used by The Beatles, Moody Blues, Genesis, Yes and other high-profile bands of the 60's and 70's to the modern production of artists like Kanye West, Smashing Pumpkins, and Beck. You can even create new sonic creations never heard before.

The "Tron" sound
The unique, easily recognizable, and instantly classic sound of the "Tron" instruments started with the Chamberlin keyboards in the 1950's, and peaked with the Mellotron 400, in the 1970's. This precursor to today's samplers uses tapes to play back prerecorded sounds at the touch of the keys. They are large and easily broken, but have such a unique sound, it's difficult not to love the nostalgic tone and instant 'vintage' gratification that comes from hearing one.

Whether you know it or not, you've heard the sound of a Mellotron or one of its siblings. Just about every famous artist or band has used one in a song at one point or another. Possibly the most famous example of the "tron" sound can be heard in the opening bars of "Strawberry Fields Forever". This is the classic "Tron" strings that is still widely used by artists today. Mellotrons have been used in countless songs, and just about all genres, from '60s and '70s rock, to alternative and hip-hop. It's an instrument that works with just about everything.

One of the amazing things about the "Tron" instruments is that, although relatively few have been made, they still bear a large relevance in today's music. In fact, they are in such high demand, that the makers of the original Mellotrons, Streetly Music, began making them again in 2007 (although with some upgrades to 'modernize' them). Unfortunately, for most of us, these hand-made keyboards are out of all but the most die-hard enthusiast's price-range. However, if you want that sound now, IK Multimedia SampleTron gives you a much more affordable way to get it.

FEATURES
Contains over 600 presets from 17 rare and vintage Mellotrons, Chamberlins, and their derivatives
Includes "loop" and "non-loop" modes for greater flexibility and authenticity
Chromatic samples capture the complete, authentic tone of each instrument
Works as a standalone application, as well as a plug-in
Fully compatible with Mac OS X (Universal Binary), and Windows (XP/Vista)
Supported plug-in formats: VST, RTAS, and AU
16 part multitimbral
256 notes polyphony
16 individual stereo outputs
Mix view and full mix parameters control
32 DSP-based multi-effects (see Effects List)
Range Control allows for creating complex splits and layers
Total sound editing with full access to 50 Synth-Sampler engine controls
Instrument browsing
BPM syncable LFOs
Portamento Time control
Zone feature for single sample accurate editing
Part Volume/Pan controls
Expanded easy to use full MIDI control
Part and Combi preset save features
Convenient back-up function
Search function
Sounds can be read by SampleTank 2
3 Synth Engines: Newly enhanced STRETCH, Pitch-Shift/Time-Stretch, Traditional Resampling
3 performance modes: Poly, Mono, Legato 1-2

SampleTron-specific Macro Controls
Sustain: Allows the samples to stop (more authentic), or loop continuously (more easily playable)
Tone: Makes the sound brighter or darker, much like the "Tone" knob on the Mellotron
Key Release: Switches between the abrupt cutoff of the classic "trons", and a more natural cutoff for optimal performance
Noise Resonance: Controls how much noise is heard in the sound

Effects list:
Reverb, Spring Reverb, Reverb Delay, Ambience, Delay
Filter, Envelope Filter, Multi Filter, Wah-Wah
Chorus, Multi Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Envelope Flanger
AM Modulation, FM Modulation
Auto Pan, Tremolo, Rotary Speaker
Lo-Fi, Distortion, Phonograph, Crusher, Overdrive
Pre Amp, Tone Control, Cabinet
Parametric EQ, Channel Strip, Compressor, Limiter, Slicer

Add the sound of Mellotrons, Chamberlins, Optigans, and your own created "Tron" sounds with this collection. Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS
System requirements
Power PC-based Macintosh:
Minimal: 866MHz G4 processor, 512MB of RAM, Mac OS X 10.4 or later
Suggested: dual 1.25GHz G4 or G5 processor, 1GB of RAM, Mac OS X 10.4 or later
Supported Plug-in formats: AU, VST, RTAS

Intel-based Macintosh:
Minimal: 1.5GHz Intel Core Solo processor, 512MB of RAM, Mac OS X 10.4.4 or later
Suggested: 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 1GB of RAM, Mac OS X 10.4.4 or later
Supported Plug-in formats: AU, VST, RTAS

Windows:
Minimal: Pentium 1GHz/Athlon XP 1.33GHz, 512MB of RAM, Windows XP/Vista or later
Suggested: Pentium 2.4GHz/Athlon XP 2.4GHz, 1GB of RAM, Windows XP/Vista or later
Supported Plug-in formats: VST, RTAS
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