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awsome brass and woodwinds (Miroslav Philharmonik Classik Edition)

By mrjason, 29/12/2012
I have been using many plug-ins and synths from IK Multimedia over the years and Miroslav Philharmonik Classik is one of my favorites. It does take up a lot of your computers CPU though so you will need to have at least about 2 GB of RAM. I am running it on Vista and it works great, I have also ran it on Windows XP and it did not run as fast but it didn’t crash or cause any problems. You do not have to use it has a VST if you don’t want to. It can also be used as a stand alone application.


The acoustic instruments are what stand out the most to me, it just seems like they are professionally done and very real. The brass and woodwind instruments are perfect and I use them a lot. You do not even have to worry about panning or adding life to the instruments because there is a function that will automatically dial up the settings and turn you into a symphony instantly.


For this price, you could not expect anything better. The brass and woodwinds of this plug-in are way better than the brass and woodwind packs you can get from Native Instruments and they cost about the same price.
If you are not a preset kind of musician than Philharmonik Classik still gives you full control to add effects to each individual element, there are about 20 different effects that you can use as a master for the instruments that you choose.
This software runs smoothly and has not given me any issues. You can use it simultaneously many times and it will work great as long as you computer can handle that work load. If your computer is an older computer I would not purchase this because you will not be able to use all of its functions the way you want to without your computer getting slow.

Overdue for a major upgrade (SampleTank XL 2.5)

By tarrtime, 22/01/2013
Ik Multimedia software is easy to install, and authorization can be done from the Ik Multimedia webpage. The sample tank library is rather large and is installed from DVDs. It takes a while to install.
One thing that really bothers me about the software is that every time you start up the application, it takes a long time for the software to load. My only explanation is that the software is looking for and making some kind of record for the the location of all the sounds. For many other samplers (Kontakt, Kore, etc) the database of sounds is built the first time the software is opened. Sample Tank seems to essentially build this database every time the application is opened. This is also true when I open it as a plug-in inside a DAW. This alone makes the software almost unusable because every time I open it up I have to wait from 5 minutes for it to load. I usually go make a cup of coffee, what a hassle.


The instruments in Sample Tank are totally 'under-sampled' compared to other comparable software. There are almost no velocity layers in the instruments, and it is obvious that in most cases they just took one sampled note and pitch shifted the note to other notes. The pitch shifting algorithm sounds terrible with obvious artifacts. This is also true of the time-stretching algorithm used for the loops.
The amount of sounds in Sample Tank is extremely large, and along with some of the other expansion packs (Moog, Miroslav, etc.) all the main kinds of music are covered. However, the amount of usable sounds is very low. There are a few 'diamonds in the rough', but they are difficult to find because it is really hard to navigate and find instruments in side the software.
The effects (reverb, chorus, compressors) are all worthless. You would be much better off using effects inside a DAW instead of using the effects in Sample Tank.


Compared to other samplers available, Sample Tank is like a prehistoric dinosaur. The interface is terrible, and the actual sounds are equally unsatisfying. IK Multimedia has clearly put its resources into developing mobile iOS apps. Sample Tank is less than an after-thought, it probably has no future at this point. It is my impression that there was a large user base, but it must not have been large enough to be continued.

I received Sample Tank when I purchased the Muse Receptor with IK Multimedia software. I do not recommend purchasing it separately. I would not purchase it myself if I had not received it as part of the other product. Unless IK Multimedia puts in some serious work on the software, the most we could hope for is that Sample Tank becomes nostalgic.

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[MUSIKMESSE] Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE

Published on 04/07/16
IK Multimedia announced the release of Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE, a lower priced edition of the recently released Miroslav Philharmonik 2.

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