Software sampler

Software sampler

A software sampler is a piece of software which allows a computer to emulate the functionality of a sampler.

In the same way that a sampler has much in common with a synthesizer, software samplers are in many ways similar to software synthesizers and there is great deal of overlap between the two, but whereas a software synthesizer generates sounds algorithmically from mathematically-described tones or short-term waveforms ("i.e.", less than 100 ms in length), a "software sampler" always reproduces samples, often much longer than a second, as the first step of its algorithm.

ee also

*software synthesizer
*sampler (musical instrument)

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