Soundplant is a digital audio performance program that turns your computer keyboard (yes, your QWERTY keyboard) into a versatile, low latency sample-triggering device and playable instrument. It can assign sound files of unlimited size and any format onto all keyboard keys, giving you hours of instantly-playing audio at your fingertips with no extra hardware needed. Use it as a performance, presentation, or sound design tool, as a drum pad, to mix together tracks in realtime, to create music or loops, or to trigger sound effects or background tracks during a show. Because it is a standalone 'software sampler' that uses your own sounds, Soundplant is an infinitely flexible electronic instrument limited only by the variety of sounds that you feed it. A simple graphic interface provides for drag-and-drop configuration of each key and several options which control the way each sound is triggered, with non-destructive pitch, offsets, looping, volume, fading, and panning. All playing sounds are displayed with a progress bar and track time, and you can turn on 'background key detection' to trigger sounds while using any other software with Soundplant hidden.
Soundplant, now in its 11th year and winner of multiple awards, was designed to do one thing and do it well: to trigger sound files from the computer keyboard with maximum speed, efficiency, and ease of use. Users love its rock-solid stability for live events, its simple 1 sound per 1 key metaphor which eliminates the complications of other software samplers, and its ultra-optimized use of the computer keyboard with lowest-possible latency requiring no external devices or MIDI.
The registered version plays all sound file formats including wav, aif, mp3, mp4, m4a, flac, wma, alac, wv, ogg, even audio from video files like wmv, mov, avi, flv, and more. The unregistered version is free for non-commercial use and is limited to 8- and 16-bit wav and aif files; it includes a 25-launch trial of the registered features.
Windows 7, Vista, or XP sp2+, or Mac OS 10.4+; 800MHz processor, 256MB RAM
all audio file types supported; expanded interface with animated keys and progress display for all sounds; first non-beta Mac version, universal binary; 'background key detection' mode to receive key input while using other programs; fade options; wavefor
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