Soundplant is offered as a free download which includes a trial of the registered features:
|Latest Windows version 42 (November 2014)
for Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP sp2 and higher
|Latest Mac version 42 (November 2014)
for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher
Older generations of Soundplant for older computers are still available:
Soundplant 39 (2010) for Windows XP sp2+ [8.2 MB] (may be better for older/slower computers)
Soundplant 26.1 (2002) for Windows 9x/NT+ [2.3 MB] (last version that works on Win 95/98/NT/2k)
Soundplant beta 12 (1999) for Windows 9x/NT+ [1.8 MB] (the first release of Soundplant! here for nostalgia only, it's not particularly useful)
Soundplant 39 (2010) for Mac OS X 10.4+, Intel & PPC [22.1 MB] (last version that works on PPC & OS X pre-10.6)
Soundplant beta 27 (2004) for Mac OS X 10.1.5+ & Classic 9.2+, PPC [3.8 MB] (last version that works on OS 9 & OS X pre-10.4)
Soundplant beta 26 (2002) for Mac OS Classic 8.1+ [3.1 MB] (last version that works on OS 8)
Here are some example .keymaps to play with:
beat pad 2 [4.5 MB] - Drum pad of sounds extracted from various breakbeats, with a mix of well-worn classic hip-hop sample sources and dug-up finds. Updated with some randomized effects and a few new loops, compatible with Soundplant v.40 and up.
car keys [0.1 MB] - Microtonal electric piano made out of the 'ding' my car makes when I open the door with the keys left in the ignition. Compatible with Soundplant v.39 and up.
If you have created a keymap that is especially cool/fun/funny/useful that you'd like to share with the world, submit it to soundplant [at] soundplant.org.
Here are some links to free sound file sites to help get you started using Soundplant, with a varied assortment of sound sources, from standard sound effects libraries to audiophile samples of orchestral instruments to field recordings from around the world to breakbeats to experimental sound art to early electronic instruments:
Here are some programs that are useful/fun in combination with Soundplant:
And some hardware with interesting possibilities for use with Soundplant:
Soundplant has received awards and recognition from Electronic Musician Magazine (Download Of The Month), Sound On Sound Magazine (Useful Utilities For The PC Musician), CNET (How To feature), Lockergnome (Newsletter Recommended Download), DownloadPipe (5 Stars), Download Zone (Editor's Choice), Freeware Files (Top Pick), soft82.com (5 Stars), FileBuzz (4 Stars), Download 3000 (5 Stars), and File Transit (5 Stars), among many others.
Soundplant versions 39 and higher include a distribution of FFmpeg binaries, © Fabrice Bellard et al. As per the GNU General Public License, here is a copy of the FFmpeg source code used to compile the builds of FFmpeg used by the latest version of Soundplant (note that the latest sources will always be found at the FFmpeg home page, not here!): ffmpeg-20140612-git-3a1c895.tar.xz [6 MB]
Soundplant versions 40 and higher use the FluidSynth software synthesizer, © Peter Hanappe et al., by way of Antoine Schmitt's FluidXtra. Both projects are open source with full source repositories available at their respective links.
Soundplant was developed in Lingo with Adobe Director and uses C++ extensions (Xtras) by Valentin Schmidt, Gary Smith, Antoine Schmitt, Tabuleiro, Stephan Eichhorn, and Marmalade.
Feature sponsorship thanks to Man or Astro-man?, Jeremy Gold for Project KITT Jeep, and Bob Wong/Audio Image Engineering Singapore.
Soundplant is for digital samples, but there are other programs which turn the computer keyboard into a midi keyboard for use with midi software rather than as a direct digital sample trigger. If this is what you are looking for, try either of these: