After the release of an alpha version of the Sitala drum sampler back in May, a lot of features and improvements have been implemented by Decomposer.

Now in beta, the latest update includes improvements to the audio engine, user interface and workflow.

Sitala sampler beta

Sitala’s beauty is its simplicity: its six knobs allow you to quickly explore the sound space and dial in just the sound you had in mind.

Sitala’s philosophy is to pack as much musical expressiveness into each of its small number of controls.

The shape and compressor pre-compute makeup gain so that changes in dynamics don’t affect volume. The tone control figures out which frequencies to sweep over based on the sound’s content. Turning each knob shows visually how the changes affect the sound.

A new tone knob sweeps through a bunch of EQ modes. This, alongside (adaptive) compression analyzes the sounds being used to adjust internal parameters to make their knobs more musically expressive.

The shape and compressor pre-compute makeup gain so that changes in dynamics don’t affect volume. The tone control figures out which frequencies to sweep over based on the sound’s content. Turning each knob shows visually how the changes affect the sound.

A pan control has been added as well.

The visualization was reworked from the ground up to show the effect that parameter changes have on sounds. Moving the shape control will now not only show the envelope but also the resulting waveform. Likewise compression will show gain reduction as an outline and the effect it has on the waveform. Tweaking the tuning will show the spectrum as it is pitched up or down. And tone additionally overlays the EQ curve over the spectrum.

Finally, two workflow improvements will benefit those who want use their own samples. Dragging multiple files will spread the various samples over the pads. Additionally, paging buttons are shown on top of the waveform display to allow hot-swapping of samples that are in the same source folder.

Sitala 1.0.0 Beta 1 is available as a free download for Windows, macOS and Linux (VST/AU).

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