For Windows and Mac, this first major update since 2004 of the popular low-cost software sampler turns the computer keyboard into a low -latency digital audio performance tool and playable instrument.
Optimized for the standard QWERTY keyboard, Soundplant allows the assignment of sound files of unlimited size onto 72 keyboard keys. New Version 39 adds several major features in response to user requests, including support for virtually all audio file formats, a Background Key Detection mode that allows Soundplant to continue receiving key input even while minimized or hidden, waveform display, detailed playback progress indicators for all channels, precise fading control and randomization settings. Soundplant 39 also marks the first official Mac release after several years in beta on that platform.
Soundplant can be used to trigger sound effects or background tracks during a show, for music or loop creation, as a drum pad, as an educational aid, as an electronic instrument with an input device and as a sound design sketchpad. It allows dragging and dropping sound files on to keys for quick and easy setup; playback from RAM for instant cue'ing or from disk for unlimited sound length; auto-pitch-assign to spread the same sound across multiple keys at varying pitches; auto-offset assign to quickly slice up samples across multiple keys; and more.
Soundplant is offered as a free download at soundplant.org, which includes a 25-launch trial of the registered features. In unregistered mode, it is free for non-commercial use and limited to playing uncompressed 8- and 16-bit WAV and AIFF files. The registered version (USD $35 or a $27 upgrade from previous versions) allows loading all sound file types including higher bit depths, compressed formats like MP3, MP4, FLAC, WMAC, ALAC, and audio from video files like AVI, FLV, MOV, WMV and more.