sir Sampleton is a sampling keyboard, which means it can record sounds through the microphone that you can then play on a keyboard. You can sample your voice, other musical instruments, loud objects you find around the house, or anything that makes a noise.
sir Sampleton’s sound and simple user interface are inspired by sampling Casio and Yamaha toy keyboards of the 80′s. These classic keyboards were great, but are now expensive because they are sought after by professional musicians for their warm, low-fi sound and simple operation. Now, it’s possible to have similar sound and functionality in an app, plus the features that you wish the old keyboards had, like the ability to save samples.
The app includes support for the AKAI SynthStation25 Keyboard Controller which allows you to play on a real keyboard similar to samplers from the 80′s instead of the touch screen. It also includes support for the Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer.
TO SAMPLE: press the red button and speak into the microphone. It will sample for about 3 seconds.
TO PLAY A DRUM BEAT: press the drum icon button in the upper left to open the Rhythm Menu, and then select the beat you want to play. To change the tempo or beat volume, use the buttons on the right. Press the X to return to the keyboard.
TO GENERATE A RANDOM BEAT: press the drum icon button to open the Rhythm Menu, and then press the RANDOM button. To generate a new random beat, press the button again.
TO SAVE A SAMPLE: press the keyboard icon button in the upper left to open the Sounds Menu. Press SAVE and then choose one of the flashing numbered buttons. Your sample is then saved on that button. Press the X to return to the keyboard.
TO LOAD A SAMPLE: press the keyboard icon button in the upper left to open the Sounds Menu. Press the numbered button where you saved the sample. Press the X to return to the keyboard.
TO HEAR A SAVED SAMPLE: press and hold the numbered button in the Sounds Menu.
sir Sampleton does not give you a lot of precise control or editing ability, but what’s nice about the Casio SK-1 and other similar 80′s samplers is that they’re simple and they just work. You aren’t setting levels or fumbling around with patch parameters, you just press sample and make a sound, and the resulting sample sounds good. My app duplicates that feel. I compress the sampled input so you don’t have to set levels. I’ve made quite a few subtle adjustments to the sound to try to maintain the low-fidelity charm of older samplers, coupled with a simple, intuitive interface. You’ll like making music with sir Sampleton if you like working within thoughtfully crafted limitations.