"Be sure to pick up Marcel Blum's Soundplant... files are triggered with virtually no latency... offers a refreshing alternative."
-Electronic Musician Magazine, Download of the Month
"Love your product, as a sound designer for theater it is absolutely indispensable in creating reactive and dense sonic imagery to enhance live performance."
-Jim Fourniadis, director, producer, actor, & owner, The Dark Room Theater, San Francisco
"If your sound effect needs are beyond the scope of your garden variety flatulence app, there's an excellent piece of software called Soundplant that allows you to transform any Mac or PC into a custom soundboard."
-CNET, How to play sounds using a computer keyboard
"Soundplant is a pleasure to use, and I'm grateful for your innovation and support over the past few years. You should reach down and pat yourself on the back, Soundplant was used by me during production of Inception which was awarded an Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing."
-Ed Novick, film production sound engineer
"The new version is a gorgeous and robust improvement. The layout design alone is just beautiful, and the new features are superb and very impressive. The reverb is excellent in every way, and helps give the sounds a warmth that makes them sound that much more "real". The keyboard response is better. Soundplant is one of the most valuable tools for music making that I have ever used."
-Tom Furgas, composer and artist
"In an era of bloated software, Soundplant is squeaky clean - we love it! 100% Astro-Certified!"
-rock band Man or Astro-Man?
"With Swedish Television (SVT), I've done the Olympics in Beijing, where we of course used Soundplant live to the whole world. Without doubt the most used 'playback program' in TV work over here, with great success."
-Mattias Dalin, EUROSOUND mediacrew ab
"Your program is amazing! I use it all the time in my work as an audio engineer for corporate events, and it works flawlessly every time. For example, I used it when I did John McCain's victory speech in the NH primary - Soundplant triggered both his recorded intro and the "Johnny B. Goode" outro that went live over national television to millions. Cool stuff!"
-Alan Starr, Technical Director/Audio Engineer
"An impressive instant playout software package... you won't want to use a MiniDisc ever again!"
-Ian Richardson, Doctor Who sound designer, quoted in Line Up Magazine
"I can vouch for the extreme stability of Soundplant--it just sits there and works, even on a very low spec machine... hundreds of random effects per show over a six week run, and not a single hiccup in 5 years of use."
-Bobbsy, AudioMasters Forum
Soundplant is a digital audio performance program that turns your computer keyboard (yes, your QWERTY keyboard) into a versatile, low latency, multitrack sample-triggering device and playable musical instrument, allowing the assignment of sound files of any format and size onto virtually all keyboard keys, giving you hours of instantly-playing random access audio at your fingertips with no extra hardware needed. Use Soundplant as a performance, presentation, or installation tool, as a drum pad, to mix together tracks in realtime, as an educational aid, to trigger sound effects or background tracks during a show, to create music or loops, to sketch sound designs, or to give new life to old sounds - all via an input device you've been practicing on for as long as you've been typing. Because it's a standalone 'software sampler' that uses your own samples to create custom soundboards, Soundplant is an infinitely flexible electronic instrument limited only by the variety of sounds that you feed it. An easy-to-use interface provides drag-and-drop configuration of each key, including options which control the way each sound is triggered along with several lightweight non-destructive realtime effects. Playing sounds are displayed with a progress bar and track time, and you can even trigger sounds with Soundplant hidden while using any other program.
Soundplant is not a synthesizer, plugin, editor, or sequencer, but it is way more than a media player. Soundplant was designed to do one thing and do it well: to trigger sounds from the computer keyboard with maximum speed, efficiency, and ease of use. Users love its rock-solid stability for live event use, its simple one sound per one key metaphor which eliminates the usage complications of many other software samplers, and its ultra-optimized use of the computer keyboard with lowest-possible latency requiring no extra hardware or MIDI.
Now in its 15th year of existence, Soundplant has won multiple awards, and its users include the BBC on shows such as Doctor Who and Top Gear, the NFL's Tennessee Titans, National Public Radio on shows such as A Prairie Home Companion, Oscar-winning sound mixer Ed Novick on films such as Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, and Moneyball, Disney, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, composer and Genome Music creator Todd Barton, metal band Nile, and breakcore producer Droon.
Soundplant is not very demanding for basic use and can run on virtually any Windows or Mac computer made in the last 8+ years; for optimal performance, a multicore processor and 4GB of RAM are recommended. Your built-in cheapo soundcard will work fine, and so will any add-on professional quality audio interface. For optimal display, minimum 1124x667 screen resolution is recommended.
Windows version runs on Windows 8, 7, Vista, or XP sp2 and higher; Vista or higher and 64-bit is recommended
Macintosh version runs on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or higher
Here is a complete list of all new features added in v.42 since the previous public release (v.39):