GAS Therapy released AASamplerPlayer, a freeware efficient and lightweight sample player for Windows, macOS, and iOS.
GAS therapy is a popular YouTube channel that provides commentary and information on better and cheaper alternatives to popular music-making gear and software. The creator, Michael, was looking for a simple and easy-to-use sample player that just worked. After plowing through all the available options, he decided that it was time to develop one himself.
He tried to hire a coder for the job, only to realize that he was better off doing it himself. So he took some time off to learn the skills needed and the first product of that effort is the AASamplePlayer.
Through this player, Michael is also expressing his philosophy of how an easy-to-use plugin should be. He made it very simple to install and remove and even chose the name so that you can quickly remember it when you need just a sample player.
Even before you see or try out the plugin, you know that this guy is really deep into the game here. He has very clear and strong opinions about this industry, and that is where his UI design and overall UX approach come from.
Watch the introductory video to get the full story.
The instrument is simplicity itself. It has four knobs and four buttons. Here’s the list:
- Start point;
- Load file – support for audio & video file;
- Copy the file name & open the file folder.
It has great sound quality, and it can turn any audio file format into a playable sound. Pretty neat! It is made for both Mac and PC and on any DAW that supports VST, as well as AU for Mac.
It can be played using any standard MIDI device. It is free, but Gumroad has the option to pay a little something if you feel like it. Download via the link posted below the article.
It feels like Michael is just getting started with creating plugins that align with his philosophy. We will be following his journey with interest!
AASamplerPlayer is available as a VST3 and AU plugin for Windows and macOS. Also available as an iOS app.