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Samplr for iPad

Holy shit!

Samplr looks pretty damn amazing. This came out of no where, but it is here today! Thanks to Rafael for bringing it to my attention.

Buy Samplr on iTunes: $9.99

iTunes Description:

Samplr lets you make music and play with sound in a new and intuitive way by touching the waveform on the screen directly with your fingers. Explore the sounds melody and texture using the different play modes and create your music compositions with the gesture recorder.

With an interface designed for live performance, Samplr gives the musician quick and precise access to all the instrument functionality at any time. Unlike other apps that try to recreate real life instruments or interaction concepts from traditional computers Samplr was designed from the very beginning for Multi-Touch devices.

  • 7 different play modes: Slicer, Looper, E-bow, Tape, Scratch, Keyboard and Loop Player.
  • 6 simultaneous samples (with 6 voices each).
  • 5 sound effects per sample: Distortion, Filter, Amplitude Modulator, Feedback Delay and Reverb.
  • Gesture recorder.
  • High quality audio engine.
  • Detailed user guide.
  • Import your own samples (WAV) through iTunes.
  • Ready to use sample library.

Alright before you guys get out the pitchforks, I'll say it: This app needs AudioPaste! That said, I'm still totally blown away by how fluid the performance looks. 6 sample tracks of potential, with gesture recording! Yes, yes, it also needs MIDI too.

Developer Marcos Alonso has put together a helpful Samplr tutorial video to get rocking quickly!

Reader Comments 23

it is installing now!
thanks for the heads up. Looks awesome. happy to support this effort. (4.99 made me think a bit though. 3.99 would have jumped right on. well i only thought for about 10 secs. interesting anyway, no?)

November 13, 2012  | person_outline Anonymouse

ok i've played it with it long enough to say at the very least it is very well made. Really nice UI, runs smoothly on my ipad1 and sounds great. So far it is one of the cooler apps i have played with. I guess it wouldn't be responsible to recommend it based on 10 mins, but i'm recommending it.

November 13, 2012  | person_outline Anonymouse

Is the sample import 16/44.1 only, or can it accept higher bit rates and resolutions?

November 13, 2012  | person_outline Bleb

Hi Bleb, you can load any sample quality as long as it is in WAV format. Hope it helps. Best!

November 13, 2012  | person_outline Marcos Alonso

Is it me or does the interface design look as if it has been influenced somewhat by the OP-1?

November 13, 2012  | person_outline Tom_TM

He is the co-creator of Reactable..
Sure he add copy/paste and export soon.

November 13, 2012  | person_outline rafael_ollero

you can import any sample quality, as long as it is in WAV format.
Audio copy/paste is coming in a future update.

November 13, 2012  | person_outline Marcos Alonso

it does look like OP-1, and i'm so glad! It's dope.

November 13, 2012  | person_outline hogo

two very important questions.

1. are there any plans to allow in app access to your itunes library not just wavs but mp3s as well?

2. can it be used to edit audio for example do I need to import only loops or can I just import raw audio and make my loops from within the app that would be a great time saver. it would need audio trimming and truncating,does it have it?

November 13, 2012  | person_outline kobamoto Rin

thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you for making this app!!!!!!

November 13, 2012  | person_outline kobamoto Rin

"it is installing now!
thanks for the heads up. Looks awesome. happy to support this effort. (4.99 made me think a bit though. 3.99 would have jumped right on. well i only thought for about 10 secs. interesting anyway, no?)"

Funny... I thought "FUK this app is amazing and only 4.99! and bought it straight away. Interesting? No... Stop whining about a 5 dollar app, i cant even think of any other sampler on the market like this. Its only $5 ffs. yeeez.

November 13, 2012  | person_outline fatboy

I don't think he was complaining at all. Just saying what his initial gut reaction was to the price tag.

November 13, 2012  | person_outline Will

I wasn't whining fatboy. With so many apps, some overpriced and some that look great but don't end up getting much use, i had to think about it. After trying it i am glad i got it and would say it is worth more than $5. It's one of the better music apps i've used and i have a LOT of them.at the same time, it won't be for everyone.

November 13, 2012  | person_outline Anonymouse

This is a pretty cool app. It's going to take a while to really understand how to work with it, and it's not really in line with the sort of music I make, but it's fun and innovative. Good use of a 5-spot, IMO.

November 14, 2012  | person_outline Fessaboy

what sort of music do you make that's not in line with a sampler?

anybody have any more info on the app I went to the site and it doesn't say much in the way of future plans?

November 14, 2012  | person_outline kobamoto Rin

I got this yesterday on the strength of the promo video. So glad I did. Really fun intuitive app. Cant wait for audio copy/paste so I can quickly create my own loops and manipulate them to hearts desire. Top work Marcos.

November 14, 2012  | person_outline Simplex

Well impressed that Samplr works so well with my ageing iPad 1. A great app indeed, although somewhat worried that now it's too easy to sound just like Aphex Twin, Four Tet and Autechre et al.

November 14, 2012  | person_outline Tom_TM

Tom_TM, don't worry about creativity - Herbie Hancock became great after (& despite) the invention of the player piano!

This is a simply amazing piece of software, one that brilliantly exploits the touch interface, and will engender new avenues of creativity. I am stunned, and indebted to it's inventor - top notch!

November 14, 2012  | person_outline mojofunk

@kobamoto -- I mostly play blues, folk, and punk, with my main instrument being an electric guitar. The music is somewhere between Leo Kottke and Gang of Four. I don't really use sampler very often (no glitching, wubs, dub step, whatever you kids call it these days...), and when they do show up, it's for straight-forward one shot playback. Samplr is a lot of fun to play with, though.

November 14, 2012  | person_outline Fessaboy

Can you record your performance and export/render it? Or is it only more live performance oriented as the description says?

November 14, 2012  | person_outline ChrisG


there are other apps like this one but not exactly like this one... we need to start seeing some comparisons, otherwise every new kid app comes here and becomes already the fad app of the moment...

my 2c

November 14, 2012  | person_outline pablof79

Thanks Marcos, it's an amazing app!
Can't wait to see what you have in store for the future.

November 14, 2012  | person_outline Bleb

So, I bought this app and it's OUTSTANDING!!!

Like werkbench you kinda have to get into the "thought process" of playing with this, like learning a new instrument.
Unlike sample lab, this is made for playing live performance.

Here's to hoping for MIDI support, audiocopy/audiopaste, iCloud backups and dedicated channel FX

Great stuff Marcos, keep up the good work!!

November 16, 2012  | person_outline pablof79

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