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A Professional Guide to Audio Plug-ins and Virtual Instruments by Mike Collins

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10 Software Samplers

Software samplers – a revolution for sample users. Now you can store gigabytes of samples on hard disk and play them back from the RAM in your computer (Emagic EXS24, IK Multimedia SampleTank), or by streaming directly from disk (Steinberg Halion, Tascam GigaSampler) to completely overcome limitations on the length of the samples you can use. The Bitheadz Unity DS-1 offers both methods.

The software samplers give you just about everything you would expect from a hardware sampler – and at much less cost if you already own a suitable computer and audio card. Your computer's CPU provides the number-crunching and your audio card ...

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