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Jeskola XS-1 Sample Player

Sample Player

Platform: PC
Format: VST
Price: Donationware

Jeskola, the developer famous for the Buzz Machines modular software you may have heard of, has just made his excellent XS-1 sample player (formerly a $99 purchase) donationware, which means you can download and use it for free then donate what you choose, if you choose.


XS-1 can load .XS1 (for Buzz Machines), .SF2 and .WAV.  SoundFonts are fully supported, unlike many sample players that can play back SoundFonts but not take advantage of all embedded information.  It offers 16 parts and keyboard splits.  And polyphony is nothing to worry about either, as it has a ridiculously high 1,000 note maximum!  If you have trouble with polyphony with the XS-1, just contact Oskari Tammelin, the developer, for a full refund.   Or better yet, contact him to say "THANKS!" for deciding to make this software available to all comers.   

Unlimited part layering is possible, making the Jeskola XS-1 perfect for releasing free drum samples with multiple velocity layers per drum.  Simply include the samples and a map for XS-1 and any PC user should be able to play your samples: no frustrating "Kontakt and EXS-24 maps included" that leave those without expensive samplers behind!

Synthesis features:
  • Unlimited number of key and velocity zones per voice.
  • Volume and Modulation envelopes with attack, hold, decay, sustain, release key to hold and key to decay parameters. Modulation envelope can modulate pitch and filter cutoff.
  • Vibrato and Modulation LFOs with delay, frequency and depth parameters. Modulation envelope can modulate pitch, filter cutoff and volume.
  • 4 filter types: 12 and 24dB per octave (2-pole and 4-pole) low-pass, 12 and 24db per octave high-pass.
  • Global Reverb and Chorus send level.
  • High quality and extra high quality interpolation
  • Monophonic mode with retrigger switch and portamento time control.
  • Tuning, volume, pan, key range, transpose, pitch wheel range controls for each part.
  • MIDI Velocity to volume, velocity to filter cutoff.
  • MIDI support: note on/off, sustain pedal, pitch bend, modulation wheel, channel volume.

Global settings:
  • Master volume, master tune.
  • Effects: Reverb, Chorus, Distortion.
  • Supported output samplerates: 44.1KHz, 48KHz, 88.2KHz, 96KHz.

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