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The first audio samplers date back to the late 1960s, and due to several factors, were available to a relatively small subset of the art community.  In the early 1980s, though, Roger Linn's LM-1 Drum Computer became the first drum machine to employ digital samples, and Linn then helped Akai develop the first MPCs, which would bring sampling technology to a wider range of artists.  Since then, artists have played contemporary samplers––and vintage units, as well––to find their tone and style, and perform for audiences of all sizes, all around the world.

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As we gradually add to our curated collection, you will find some of today's most advanced samplers, as well as samplers that have their roots in the origins of sample-based performance and synthesis, and synthesizers capable of loading and playing back samples.  Our collection covers most applications within a focused range.

Polyend's samplers and sample sequencers offer straightforward performance-centric options and units with deeper programmability, as seen in the Polyend Play and Polyend Tracker, respectively.  As both implement recognizable production methods, the Polyend Play exists within a grid-like workflow, while the Polyend Tracker follows a more vertical arrangement reminiscent of trackers of the 1980s and 1990s.  Critter & Guitari, through their Organelle series, give artists a synthesizer that (in addition to manifold other capabilities) allows them to interact with samples and loops through an unconventional and flexible open software/hardware environment.  Each of these instruments may be used for rhythm, leads, ambience, experimentation, or complete compositions.  Lastly, the Bastl MicroGranny is a small, lo-fi, and monophonic granular sampler that extends its own functions and identity beyond preconceived notions of what a sampler should be.  There is significant potential for experimentation with the Bastl MicroGranny, as all of its parameters––along with samples' grains or slices and other nuances––are accessible via MIDI.

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