Samplers trigger, record and playback audio samples using either analog tape or digital PCM sampling. Akai Samplers revolutionised how musicians approached making music in the 1980's with the MPC, now in 2019 they have their Akai Force Standalone Production DJ Performance System. Production tools like Native Instruments Maschine MK3 have added extra dimensions to the performance sampler.

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About Samplers & Sequencers

A Sampler is an electronic instrument that uses samples or recordings to generate new sounds. These samples are either loaded onto or recorded into the device, to be then played back or sequenced by onboard pads or keys. Samplers are mostly popular with electronic musicians, but they can also be used in traditional band situations to add diversity. A lot of samplers allow you to edit the sample’s start and end points, pitch and other parameters - you can also add FX to manipulate your samples. Some also allow samples to be used as their sound source.

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Korg launch 'Meet the Micros' Twitter competition

Korg run 'Meet the Micros' competition on Twitter.... More  »

2 Dec 2010 10:32

Korg announce free microSAMPLER Bonus Packs

Korg has announced Bonus Sample Packs 1 & 2 for the microSAMPLER keyboard.... More  »

9 Nov 2010 12:46

Elektron Announce Machinedrum Content Upgrade

Revolutionary synth and drum machine manufacturer Elektron have announced the first in its series of Sound Banks.... More  »

8 Sep 2010 10:06