Ableton’s Summer of Sampler offer: Buy Live 8 and Get Sampler Free + New Sampler Move + Free Samplification Audio Pack for Sampler


I Love Sampler!
I’m a huge fan of of Sampler, Ableton’s advance sampling instrument.  I was recently corresponding with an artist who was considering Live and I wrote this about it:

“Ableton Sampler breaks with the classic sampler metaphor and supports a more immediate and "organic" workflow than other hardware or software samplers. This workflow is well suited to turning found sound into musical instruments. If you add Sampler to a rack in Live you can then easily assign 8 performance knobs to just about any parameter within Sampler.”

Sampler is simply a fantastic tool for helping you make your tracks more creative and unique. For sound designers it’s interface makes for rapid tweaking.

I just received some info from Ableton marketing.

”Every customer who buys Ableton Live 8 before August 31st will get Sampler, Ableton's advanced sampling instrument, absolutely free. Sampler, worth 99 EUR/129 USD, combines traditional sampling features with advanced sound design functions.“


New Movie
Ableton has also produced a new move “Making sounds with Sampler"—which shows “how Sampler transforms a single piano note into an organic, modulating synth bass”. Watch on YouTube.

Free audio pack for Sampler
”Samplification All Sampler owners, old and new, can also download the free Samplification audio package, which offers Construction Kits, Live Sets with drum clips, new Instrument Racks, new lessons, and sounds from Puremagnetik, Cycling '74 and Sonarte's Sound Objects Lite collection. Samplification is a Live Pack—450 MB download, 950 MB installed and requires Sampler and Live 8.0.4 or higher.”

Samplification is available here:

3rd Party Tutorials:
I also want to mention that there are some nice video tutorials out there to help you learn Sampler.

Mark Mosher

Ableton Live Puremagnetik Sampling

Mark Mosher • Audio/Visual Synthesist | Boulder, CO View All →

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2 Comments Leave a comment

  1. “If you add Sampler to a rack in Live you can then easily assign 8 performance knobs to just about any parameter within Sampler.”
    What? You can’t even midimap or macro map the basic sample start/stop/looppoint controls on the Sample tab.
    “Just about any parameter” is a bit of a stretch when you can’t even midi map the things you can map with a rack of Simplers.
    Sampler needs a serious update.


  2. Most parameters are in fact assignable to Macros. Just click the “Map Mode” button and you’ll see green overlays all over the place.
    Sample and loop controls are not directly mapable but can be mapped to modulators. For example, I can modulate loop length with an Aux envelope or an LFO. Parameters for these modulator can be mapped to macros.
    You can also map CC’s sucn as mod wheel to many paramters including sample and loop.
    Can sampler be improved. Of course. But it does allow a massive amount of real-time control.
    Sampler’s approach is more complex and granular than a rack of Simplers. If a rack of Simplers works for you then I say use it.


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