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Samplers that Fly Under the Radar, Pt. There are times when complexity is nice, even necessary, but overall I prefer plugins that are focused on specific tasks or concepts, and would rather mix and match when more complex sound design becomes necessary. A lot can be said for simple layout, clear interfaces, clean designs, and a focused identity.
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Samplers that Fly Under the Radar, Pt. There are times when complexity is nice, even necessary, but overall I prefer plugins that are focused on specific tasks or concepts, and would rather mix and match when more complex sound design becomes necessary. A lot can be said for simple layout, clear interfaces, clean designs, and a focused identity. In the admittedly saturated sampler market a few high-end samplers compete for dominance: Kontakt, Halion, Mach 5, Independence, and Sampletank primarily.
Most of these have lighter or free versions to entice users and bring developers on board to market higher end products for game design, trailers, and those who would like to up their game. Some of these began life as full-fledged paid software, while others are workhorses intended to get you deeper into a DAW. Regardless, there is no shortage of samplers. So when TAL Software arguably most-known for its free Noizem4k3r and excellent sounding reverb—now on version 4— released TAL sampler in , one might have asked, Why?
Well, it sounds amazing, for one thing, like everything TAL makes, but more importantly, it’s easy to use. Although technically a sampler, it really should be thought of more as a musical tool. It’s an instrument, to be sure, and one that is expressive and playable, but it is first and foremost a musical tool.
It is designed to create sounds and pallets of sounds that would be difficult to achieve without it, sounds that are characterful and warm. There are interesting libraries already available for it freely downloadable from the TAL website , as well as some amazing third-party libraries.
In addition to the factory library, you can download vintage samples and presets by Hollowsun covering a huge variety of well-known vintage synthesizers and samplers , patches from noted sound designer Empty Vessel, and smaller libraries by other third parties. Those are great, of course, and have their place, particularly when realism is a determining factor, but TAL sampler is designed to be lightweight and intuitive. It has a feel, it has a sound. It has its own character, which is very rare in the world of music software.
Installation TAL sampler comes in bit and bit versions; both can be installed at the same time, if you wish. The factory samples and presets downloaded separately , need to placed somewhere on your harddrive manually and then located via a dialog in the sampler once it is registered and instantiated. Authorization is a simple key entered in a dialog box. The whole process is pretty painless, but you do need to know basic information about your file system.
I prefer this method of content installation over automatic installs to your system drive—which either place files in a proprietary location or in a subfolder in your VST directory—without giving you the option to place the content elsewhere.
The Heart of TAL sampler: The Resampler Before I get too far into the review, I want to highlight TAL sampler’s most unique feature, the soul of its unique sonic character: Samples loaded into any of sample layers 1 — 4 top left of the interface are resampled with 1 of 5 selectable DAC algorithms.
There is no need to load lo-fi samples if you are looking for a lo-fi sound, for example. You can just select the AM DAC type, which emulates old 8-bit telecommunications devices, or the AM F, which introduces some degree of instability. Most of the DAC conversion types allow some tweaking after resampling, such as adding hiss and saturation, something you’d normally need a tape emulator to do. The sample hold DAC type allows you to quickly adjust sample rate and bit-depth, which is calculated in real-time.
This intermediate resampling stage ensures a warm and characterful sound that is a unique take on sampling. The controls on the main window follow the signal flow, largely left to right and top to bottom , so you can easily find and make adjustments quickly. I particularly like the fact that there is a large green window centered over the resampler module that displays the value of any parameter of any section when the mouse is hovering over a knob.
This way you can, at a glance, see the current value and the changed value while you make changes to the resonance of the filter or the hold time of an envelope. The knobs, buttons, and displays, are all clean and very intuitive to read. There is a power button and a series of controls that affect all samples in each layer volume, pan, coarse tuning, etc.
The top level detail for each layer is revealed by a series of tabs that correspond to each layer. Fig 2. For more detail on the sample and its properties, you simply click on the waveform. From here See Fig. The important thing to note is this: There are no groups except mute groups , which are a typical mainstay of samplers.
It is an instrument layer, like a container. All mapped samples are placed inside the container, and the top level controls everything under it. This is an easy enough concept, but it took me a little while to understand it. If you wish to have different samples panned in different places for example, if you want to create a drum kit with different elements panned to different places , they either have to be mapped after editing in an audio editor, placed on different layers, or sequenced with a step sequencer that has the ability to send that information to the plug-in.
All three are analog modeled by default but can be switched to digital if desired. There are three LFOs available. These are identical and can be used to modulate the instrument targets. Available oscillator types are triangle, saw, rectangle, random, and noise. There is a trigger that triggers the LFO when a note is pressed and a sync button that syncs the LFO to the host tempo.
Mysteriously, there is no sine wave option. The mod matrix is another good example of just how well this interface is laid out. The target then appears in the little information window on one of the ten slots in the modulation matrix. It has a clean, simple interface that is easy to understand and also provides depth when needed.
The resampler is a great feature that provides a quick method of achieving a wide range of results it is very easy to completely change the character of a patch or your own sounds simply by changing the DAC type. It is a great instrument for vintage and lo-fi sounds as well as a modern tool to sculpt layers of sounds.
It is particularly suited for pads, textures, evolving loops, basses, and leads. Although you can create kits with it, it is not ideally suited for that except, of course, when you want to give your kit samples a vintage vibe ; It is also not ideal for realistic instruments such as orchestral instruments because there are no articulations, groups, or multiple outs. The manual, in general, is well designed, and there are a few training videos as well.
I think TAL sampler is a great musical instrument; I especially appreciate that it is designed to be simple and useful. Once you understand it conceptually and hear what it sounds like, it frees your imagination. For this reason, I think it is a tool to quickly create sounds that are both vintage in character and forward-looking.
Unique sound. Great sounding effects. Easy to use. Simple interface. Is able to load TUN files for microtonal flexibility. Panning is at top layer level. Effects are global. No round robin or velocity layers.
Samplers that Fly Under the Radar, Pt. 1
Well, may as well write up something new while I attempt to get more original musical ideas. Unlike its high-end competitors like Kontakt, it’s advertised as an attempt to recreate old-skool samplers over multi-gigabyte sample library playback. Probably the most notable feature it has to implement this retro intention is its multiple DAC emulations, one of which seemingly based off of the Emulator II. Other modes consist of an AM chip emulation, and a Sample-Hold mode that results in the lo-fi sound so many retro nuts are used to. There also is a Linear DAC mode, but this has resulted in tuning issues for me, a bug I hope will be fixed later.
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