Hello all, this is usually where I post cool stuff about Ableton Live, but I have really been getting into the Alchemy sample manipulator by Camel Audio. It is just an amazing program with a huge range of sonic possibilities. Once you master all the parameters and possibilities in Live’s Sampler, it will be time to think about moving on to something that offers even more control.
For a traditional sampler, creating true-to-life sampled instruments, Native Instruments Kontakt is the way to go. While Kontakt has some awesome sound design tools, Alchemy kills it in that regard, and I find the Alchemy interface easier to deal with. The the constant scrolling required in Kontakt gets tiresome fast. Anyway, here is a great video on Alchemy if you are thinking of making a purchase:
Oh, and because I can’t help put a bit of Live stuff in here as well, check out this cool vid, 20 Ableton tricks in 8 minutes:
Both of the links are at synthtopia.com, a great blog for the latest in music tech goodness!
Have fun. Make Music.