End of Development for SampleCell

January, 2003

Digidesign regrets to announce that Soft SampleCell and SampleCell II Editor will no longer be developed. This is because its older code base would require extensive redevelopment in order to support Mac OS X or Windows XP.

Soft SampleCell and the SampleCell Editor software are based on source code that originated in 1990 along with the unique SampleCell I/II series of sample playback cards. The older development tools used are not available in Mac OS X and Windows XP versions, and so "porting" this older code to support the newest operating systems would require a significant amount of development, with large sections needing to be rewritten. As this would be a very large effort, and there are many other ongoing projects to complete, we have decided to discontinue Soft SampleCell and SampleCell Editor development.

Understandably this is disappointing news for our SampleCell II and Soft SampleCell customers. We are very well aware of the need for good sample playback solutions on the Pro Tools platform and we would certainly prefer to offer a Digidesign product, however, for the reasons mentioned above this won't be the case. While neither SampleCell nor Soft SampleCell editors will run under Mac OS X's "Classic" mode, Digidesign is actively working with our Development Partners to provide excellent alternatives on OS X and Windows XP in the near future, such as Native Instruments' Kontakt and IK Multimedia's SampleTank, (already available for RTAS on Win XP).

Soft SampleCell for Mac OS 9 will also continue to be available for purchase via Digidesign's website and local dealers.

Alternative Applications

Updated December, 2003

Manufacturer Product Website OS X OS 9 Windows XP List Price SSC Crossgrade? SSC File Import?
Native Instruments Kontakt www.nativeinstruments.com

RTAS

DirectConnect

RTAS $399 Yes, $229 Yes

Manufacturer's Description: This new software sampler delivers superb functionality, outstanding design, and high-end audio quality. Supporting all the standard sample playback and manipulation abilities of its hardware and software predecessors, KONTAKT adds powerful technologies to take sampling into a new dimension. KONTAKT plays back the most common sample formats and allows for the easy creation of multisamples using the graphical mapping editor. Loops can be graphically edited, and the flexible modulation matrix provides multi waveform LFOs and step modulators. You'll find envelopes with 32 breakpoints, a fine filter selection, a Tone and Time Machine, and a broad range of send and insert effects. Included is a top-class sample library on five CD ROMs.

Native Instruments Intakt www.nativeinstruments.com RTAS

not planned

RTAS $199 No SD II only

Manufacturer's Description: A new state-of-the-art sampler specifically designed for rhythmic loop playback, manipulation and mayhem. Slice, shuffle and enhance your loops using INTAKT’s advanced tempo manipulation and dedicated effects. Includes an excellent loop library by Zero-G and East West.

Native Instruments Kompakt www.nativeinstruments.com

RTAS

not planned

RTAS Q4/03 $199 No SD II only

Manufacturer's Description: A streamlined pro sampler that provides instant access to literally thousands of sample-based instruments and sound libraries thanks to compatibility with all major sample formats. KOMPAKT is powered by KONTAKT’s advanced sample engine and provides powerful sound shaping abilities. Includes a major library designed by EastWest and Zero-G.

Native Instruments Battery www.nativeinstruments.com RTAS RTAS, HTDM, DirectConnect RTAS Q1/04 $199 No SD II Only

Manufacturer's Description: BATTERY is a high-end drum sample player. It boasts separate sound parameters for 54 sample cells, powerful modulation capabilities and unbeatable ease of use. BATTERY is fast, effective, intelligent and convenient. With its sample-accurate timing, internal 32-bit resolution, and up to 128 velocity layers per cell it fulfills even the highest demands regarding precision, sound quality and flexibility. BATTERY has access to all popular sound libraries because it is compatible with the formats AKAI, SF2, LM4, AIFF, WAV and MAP, and more than 600 MB high quality sound sets are already included.

IK Multimedia SampleTank® 2.0 XL/LE/L www.sampletank.com RTAS RTAS RTAS $79-$499 (depends on additional sounds) $349 to SampleTank 2.0 XL Yes

Manufacturer's Description: SampleTank 2.0 gives you complete control over every aspect of your sounds. Exclusive STRETCH™ (SampleTank Time REsynthesys TeCHnology), pitch-shift/time-stretch synthesis, and traditional resampling synthesis put control of tempo, tune and harmonics at your fingertips. Lighting fast access to the richest, most realistic sound quality ever produced by software or hardware instruments. Thousands of native sounds already available, plus the ability to import unlimited WAV, AIFF, SDII, AKAI®, and SAMPLECELL® files. Topnotch features like 32 built-in award-winning effects, 16 multitimbral layerable parts, full synth-sampler engine control, single-sample editing, loop sync, portamento, keyword search, and loads more.

Mark of the Unicorn MachFive www.motu.com RTAS, HTDM n/a n/a $395 No Yes

Manufacturer's Description: MachFive is a universal sampler plug-in for Macintosh and Windows. MachFive supports all major plug-in formats on both platforms (MAS, VST, RTAS, HTDM, Audio Units and DXi) and imports all major audio file, sample and soundbank formats including Akai, Kurzweil, Roland, Emu, Giga, SampleCell, EXS24, HALion, Creamware, WAV, ACID, AIFF, SDII, REX and more. MachFive also offers many advanced sampling features, including support for sample rates up to 192kHz and the ability to import and playback multi-channel samples in surround.

Bitheadz Unity Session www.bitheadz.com RTAS RTAS, DirectConnect RTAS $449 $399 Yes

Manufacturer's Description: Unity Session combines the functionality of hardware samplers, analog synthesizers and physically modeled instruments into one fully integrated environment. Plays 24-bit Gigasampler™, Retro AS-1, Unity DS-1, Sound Designer™ II, AIFF, SampleCell™ II, DLS, SoundFont™ 2.0 and WAVE files.

Bitheadz Unity DS-1 www.bitheadz.com RTAS RTAS, DirectConnect RTAS $399 $275 Yes

Manufacturer's Description: Built in recording and editing capabilities make Unity DS-1 a true sampler. An onboard digital audio editor, two stereo effects processors, and the ability to play huge samples from RAM or stream from disk within Performerffects processors, and the ability to play huge samples from RAM or stream from disk within Performer®, Pro Tools®, Logic®, or Cubase® give you flexibility for all your gigs.

Bitheadz Unity Player www.bitheadz.com RTAS RTAS, DirectConnect TBA $199 No Yes

Manufacturer's Description: Unity Player uses all the same sample technology as the fully featured Unity DS-1, but has been designed to function only as a sample player, rather than a sample editor. This simplified version is well suited to the musician who doesn't need advanced editing features, but does require professional quality sample playback.

Spectrasonics Stylus Groove www.spectrasonics.net RTAS: TBA RTAS n/a $299 No n/a

Manufacturer's Description: Stylus™ - Vinyl Groove Module. The world's first Groove Control™ Instrument. Stylus is an innovative new type of software plug-in instrument that integrates a massive core library of thousands of cutting-edge groove elements, loops and samples, with a powerful user interface for creating your own grooves. The huge 3 gigabyte core library of Stylus includes over 1000 brand-new loops, featuring insane new breakbeat remix loops with a cutting-edge vinyl attitude, from award-winning producer Eric Persing.

Spectrasonics Atmosphere www.spectrasonics.net RTAS: TBA RTAS n/a $299 No n/a

Manufacturer's Description: The world's most Massive Synth. The Atmosphere Dream Synth Module™ is a new type of software plug-in instrument that integrates a massive, three gigabyte core library of more than one thousand unique sounds and layer elements, with a powerful and intuitive interface for shaping new textures. Atmosphere works as a native plug-in instrument in all major hosts like Logic,

Spectrasonics Trilogy www.spectrasonics.net RTAS: TBA RTAS n/a $399 No n/a

Manufacturer's Description: Trilogy™ - Total Bass Module. The Ultimate Electric, Acoustic and Synth Bass Instrument. When you're ready to get serious about Bass, this is the instrument! Trilogy is a programmable, sample-based sound module plug-in, that integrates a massive 3 Gigabyte core library of hundreds of brand new, remarkable Bass sounds, with a powerful user interface for creating your own unique patches.

Yellowtools Majestic www.yellowtools.com RTAS RTAS RTAS Euro 399 No n/a

Manufacturer's Description: Majestic - a yellow tools Modular Virtual Instrument - contains over 9GB (2 DVDs) authentic, highly optimized sounds of various e-basses, combined with a highest-end audio engine which includes amazing features. Purest authenticity and an absolute pleasure to work with.

Yellowtools Culture www.yellowtools.com RTAS RTAS RTAS Euro 399 No n/a

Manufacturer's Description: Culture - a yellow tools Modular Virtual Instrument - contains over 9GB (2 DVDs) authentic and highly optimized sounds of world, ethno, industrial and orchestral percussion instruments, combined with a highest-end audio engine which includes amazing features. Purest authenticity and an absolute pleasure to work with.

Yellowtools Candy www.yellowtools.com RTAS RTAS RTAS Euro 399 No n/a

Manufacturer's Description: Candy - a yellow tools Modular Virtual Instrument - contains nearly 9GB (2 DVDs) authentic and highly optimized sounds of soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass saxophones, combined with a highest-end audio engine which includes amazing features. Candy is unique in content, playability and sound quality and is a further milestone in the development of sample-based acoustic instruments.

Plugsound Volume 1-6 www.plugsound.com RTAS: TBA RTAS n/a $99 No n/a

Manufacturer's Description: Each Plugsound volume is a virtual instrument based on a professional sample library, available as a VST2 plug-in (Mac-PC), as well as a MAS and RTAS plug-in on the Mac. The concept is that when you buy Plugsound you buy a sound library. But instead of getting a CDROM for your sampler, slow and clumsy to use, you can use the sound library directly in your sequencer. It is a virtual sample library. Each Plugsound comes with 600 MB of carefully selected patches.

This third party data is subject to change. Please contact the Software Manufacturer directly for additional information.

Legend:
est = estimated availability
TBA = To Be Announced
n/a = not available
SSC Crossgrade? = discount pricing for Soft SampleCell owners

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