4 Digidesign Virtual Instruments

Digidesign has followed the trend toward ‘virtual instruments’ by making its SampleCell sample playback device available as a software plug-in for Pro Tools TDM systems. This chapter contains a detailed review of the software.

The hardware version, SampleCell II Plus, is still available (priced at $1295), in the form of a PCI card containing DSP chips and RAM. A ‘daughtercard’ that mounts on this card is available (for another $395) that feeds SampleCell's eight 20-bit outputs directly into the Pro Tools TDM mixer. It can still make sense to buy this rather than the software, especially if you are running out of ...

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