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.“
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: http://www.ableton.com/samplification
3rd Party Tutorials:
I also want to mention that there are some nice video tutorials out there to help you learn Sampler.
- Nick’s Tutorials: Sound Design and Creative Audio Manipulation in Ableton Live
- www.musicsoftwaretraining.com: Sampler Mini-pack