SOFTWARE REVIEW: AS SOUND SAMPLER by Richard Karsmakers
When visiting the Atari Messe in Germany in September, I was able
to bring the "AS Sound Sampler" software back with me to Holland.
The test in this article is done with much help of Frank Lemmen
(he had the sampler hardware as well as a synthesizer) and we
used the "Pro Sound Designer" hardware.
The "AS Sound Sampler II" software can be bought at G-Data
software, Siemensstr. 16, 4630 Bochum 1, West Germany. It costs
DM 149,- (foreign orders: Add DM 8,-, payable through
Eurocheque). Phone orders can be made through (Germany) 02325-
60897. The official hardware is sold at DM 129,-.
I had already worked for quite a while with the 'old' "AS Sound
Sampler" (not version II), and found the software to be
outstanding with regard to sampling quality - doing a lot of
sampling, I also found out that the program had its errors. The
new version of the program has no real bugs (at least no bombs
whizzing accross the bleedin' sceen), and works smoother than the
On the disk, you'll find the actual program, PACked "STAD"
pictures of the hardware print, sampling software files (object,
C, assembler and....GfA!) and a C demo program (Sequencer). The
user manual is also included on the disk and has to be printed
Several more or less useful options have been included in the
version II of the software, although I still think there's a lot
left to be wished. There's a peak indicator, Intensify option,
echo, as well as several options that make it now a bit easier to
mix the recorded sample-blocks.
The software is fully GEM driven and uses pull-down menus and
press buttons that are controlled by the mouse. It's quite
userfriendly but for one very irritating drawback: Once you're
recording or playing, you cannot abort before memory is filled to
the top or the sampled piece of music is played completely.
The software is really much better with regard to quality than
any of the other sampling software packages I have worked with.
The "AS Sound Sampler II" software, however, does not use the
HIFI output option properly when using "Pro Sound Designer"
hardware. It works on color-as well as monochrome monitors.
An interesting added option is the ability to assign several
samples to keys on a synthesizer keyboard through MIDI, thus
allowing you to e.g. drum with the use of sampled sounds on a
Thanks go to G Data for giving me an original version of the
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