IK Multimedia Releases SampleTank 3 Free + One Free Instrument Per Week!

SampleTank 3 Free by IK Multimedia.

IK Multimedia has launched SampleTank 3 Free, a free lightweight version of their flagship sampling workstation software. The instrument currently includes the Grand Piano 1 SE acoustic piano sample library, with new instrument packs expected to arrive each week.

Experience the full creative power and processing flexibility of IK’s ultimate sound and groove workstation with SampleTank 3 Free. It gives you the freedom to experiment with a fully functional and expanding library of high-quality instruments that illustrate SampleTank 3’s broad sonic versatility.

The full version of SampleTank 3 was released around a month ago and now we finally have the chance to take the brand new freebie version of IK Multimedia’s main virtual instrument for a spin. The factory library which arrives with SampleTank 3 is currently limited to a single instrument, though! At the moment, we can only play around with the Grand Piano 1 SE sample library, although that’s already quite an awesome freebie if you’re looking for a natural sounding grand piano on a budget.

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New instrument packs for SampleTank 3 Free will be released each week, adding up to a total of 22 fully functional sample packs in the factory library. There’s no information whatsoever as to what type of instruments we can expect to see, but I guess that we’ll get a taste of some orchestral stuff, world instruments and perhaps also some sampled synthesizers and/or drum machines.

UPDATE: Apparently, we will get one instrument of each type from the full SampleTank 3 factory library. You can check out all of the categories on this page.

SampleTank 3 Free once again shares all of the features with the full version of the product, bringing 55 effect modules (some of which were borrowed from Amplitube and T-Racks effect series) and a 16-channel mixer for layering different sounds. I’m really looking forward to installing the free version on my machine and testing the performance of the new effects, as well as checking out whether or not SampleTank 3 Free can be used for loading external WAV files.

To grab your free copy of SampleTank 3 Free, you’ll need to register for a free user account at the IK Multimedia website. Once you’ve done that, log in to your user account and visit the User Area page to download the installer and authorize the software. Please note that you’ll also need to download the Authorization Manager in order to authorize your free copy of the product.

UPDATE: SampleTank 3 Free is available for 64-bit hosts only (same as the full version of the product). No 32-bit option with this one, please note before downloading!

Video Demo

Check out the SampleTank 3 intro video:


SampleTank 3 is available for free download via IK Multimedia (400 MB download size, ZIP archive, 64-bit VST/AU/AAX plugin format for Windows & Mac, standalone version for Windows & Mac also available).

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  1. Why 64 bits only? Don´t understand… I´m was forced to use my 32 bit DAW, because free VSTs are 32 bit normally and the DAW wrapper eats the CPU if I use my DAW in 64bits with 32bits plugins!! (Cubase 6 Elements)

    Cheers and thanks for the info!

  2. I think many bedroom-producers are still using 32bit DAWs, especially due to the wide variety of fantastic, mostly freeware plugins, which were predominantly released in 32bit format until recently.

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      That includes me, as my main workstation is still 32-bit. I do use 64-bit Windows on the laptop, though.

  3. James Wilkerson


    After reading the comments, I’ll be honest, I am a bed room producer and I run 64bit Windows, Studio One 64bit and I have been trying to totally switch to 64 bit plugins. I had honed my “pseudo mastering” chain down to all but one 64 bit plugins. The only 32 bit I was still using was the Baxter eq because I couldn’t find another M/S eq for free in 64bit. I ended up purchasing Scheps73 from Waves and now, my 64bit chain is complete. Honestly, I am an advocate for the phasing out of 32bit plugins. Most manufacturers, including the small guys like Klanghelm and Overtone DSP, are moving towards offering both. Sometimes I find a plugin that I really would like to have but I turn the opportunity down because it is not offered in 64bit.

  4. @James Wilkerson

    I think the approach you mentioned, of offering both, is currently the right way to deal with this issue. Far too many good 32bit plugins are still in circulation when it comes to the Windows platform – which is after all still what most people produce their music on.

    The benefits of 64bit are currently not a reason enough for me, to totally switch my setup. Many of the plugins I got accustomed to and which I’ve chosen to keep over the years are 32bit and I don’t plan to give them all up!

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