While Serato is best known for its foray and subsequent shaping of the DJ industry, they started in the producer world. And the previous posted Serato Sample private beta program has now matured into a fully fledged ready to buy product. Serato Sample v1 is here, and you can sample it for free for 30 days too. Puntastic.
Press release follows:
Introducing Serato Sample – a high-quality production plugin that makes sampling fast, simple and fun. Key features include the ability to quickly find, chop, key-shift and time-stretch samples, all with studio-grade sound using the power of Pitch ‘n Time.
At its core, Serato Sample is a beatmaking tool designed to get your ideas out quick. “During our R&D phase we found a real demand for something that allows producers to find and play around with samples without hassle,” says Nick Maclaren, Head of Strategy at Serato. “The result is a fully-featured tool that produces great sound and offers an intuitive, uninterrupted workflow.”
The plugin has already garnered praise from DJ Dahi, long-time Kendrick Lamar collaborator and Damn producer. This legendary beatmaker likened its ‘find samples’ modes to old-school sampling methods like popping a needle along a record. “We wanted to set producers up for those happy accidents – often the most enjoyable part of making music,” says Maclaren. “There’s a lot of features in Sample that help you discover entirely new parts of a track you may never have found otherwise.”
Sample is integrated with Serato’s original production plugin, Pitch ‘n Time. Adding this technology allows producers to manipulate samples freely (like adjusting the BPM from 1, all the way up to 999), without losing audio quality. “Pitch ‘n Time is almost 20 years old and is still the industry standard for pitch-shifting and time-stretching”, says Maclaren. “To have this tech in a $99 plugin is amazing value.”
Serato Sample is now available for download, including a free 30 day trial. Anyone who downloads will gain access to a bank of free Loopmasters sample packs, and in-depth tutorials.
Key features of Sample 1.0
Unrivalled time-stretching powered by Pitch ‘n Time
Time-stretch samples to extreme values using the power of Serato Pitch ‘n Time. It’s also easy to sync samples to your project.
Flawless Key Detection and Key Shifting
Find the key and then shift it with the power of Pitch ‘n Time.
Find the best samples
With one click Serato Sample’s algorithm finds 16 of the best samples to work with.
Change samples beyond recognition
You can manipulate each pad individually. Mess around with key, bpm and more with pad parameters.
Play one sample across the full piano scale like a synth.
Trigger your Cue Points with monophonic playback like Serato DJ. Or you can use polyphonic playback to play chords and drum patterns.
Familiar and fast Cue Point workflow
Use Serato DJ’s popular Cue Point workflow to quickly set and trigger pads.
Works in leading music production software
Including Ableton Live, FL Studio, Logic Pro and Maschine. Sample will also work in other DAWs that support AU/VST plugins.
Sample website: serato.com/sample
Free Trial download: serato.com/sample/free-trial
Tutorial Videos: serato.com/sample/tutorials
Sample Support: serato.com/sample/support
Sample Facebook: facebook.com/seratosample
Sample Instagram: instagram.com/seratosample or @seratosample
Free Loopmasters Content: serato.com/sample/freestuff
Having had my previous application to join the beta program mercilessly refused by a computer algorithm, I’ll see if I can find the time to download this and give it a go. I’ll probably be too busy doing important tasks like drinking tea, looking out of the window, or using a DJM-S9 with rekordbox DVS. Oh wait… I don’t have those either. Arse. Tea and window gazing it is then.