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Press Reviews

Computer Music "...Stacker is an inspirational take on the layered drum design concept that gets almost everything right." 9/10

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Future Music Magazine "Frankly, there is little I can think of that SM have missed out with Stacker. All this complexity is wrapped in a good-looking interface that makes things as clear as they might be given the underlying complexity". 9.1/10

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Gearslutz "Easily one of the very best tools to build excellent sounding rhythmic foundations" 5/5

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Resident Advisor "Stacker is a powerful addition to your percussion production suite." - 3.9/5

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Producer Spot "This machine can make more powerful kicks than Bruce Lee playing soccer. So, having the “Inception-esuqe” ability of creating then layering all inside Sample Magic’s dream world would reaffirm their self-proclaimed title of 'the ultimate drum layer and sound design tool'."

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Dubspot "Stacker delivers a truly unique drum layering experience, which captures the power of synthesis and sampling".

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Harder Blogger Faster "Stacker is a must-own for producers"

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Testimonials

"Always been a fan of Sample Magic, and their consistency in delivering top notch samples, so I was stoked to try out their new drum layering plug-in. First off it delivers great drums, but its the tweaking and layering opportunities that really sets this ahead. I always layer my drums, and with Stacker it just makes the whole process much quicker and not to mention fun. I’m using it on every track now".

Fehrplay (Pryda Friends, Mau5trap)

"Stacker is very straightforward and works perfectly, a very good way to save me all these tracks i usually stack to get the sound i need, it's all in there!"

Anoraak (Grand Blanc, Octave, Endless Summer)

"Stacker is a tool which comes into its own for crafting my own bassdrum / percussion samples. As I tend layer a lot of my drums, having all of this in one approach definitely helps my workflow."

Leon Bolier (Spinnin', 2 Play, Black Hole)

"I love Stacker! Such an easy plugin to use, and it's become my go-to for drums!"

CLMD (Axtone, Armada, Sony, SIZE, Ultra)

"It's sick, I love using it. I'll be using it in all my future projects"

NEW_ID (Axtone, Spinnin, Diffused Music)

"I am very impressed with the sound quality of the presets. Will definitely recommend it to people."

Ilpo Resound (Metalheadz / Samurai Music)

Stacker is the bomb! I quickly ditched all my other samplers for this bad boy, the amount of control and flexibility offered is unmatched, best investment to date for sure!

Danny Ray (SIZE, Void Records)

"I'm loving Stacker. It's without a doubt the most complete and well rounded drum sculpting tool that i've used. It gives you all the tools you need to perfectly dial in your drum sounds."

Le Castle Vania (Mau5trap, So Sweet Records)

"When I was introduced to Stacker it was love at first sound. It's a must have plugin I'll use it in all my projects".

Sebjak (SIZE, Ultra Music, Spinnin)

Compatibility

This plugin is available in the following formats:

<h6><strong>Windows</strong></h6><p>&bull; Windows Vista or higher (tested up to Windows 10)<br />&bull; SSE2-enabled processor (Pentium 4 or later)<br />&bull; Minimum 2GB RAM.<br />&bull; Any VST / Audio Unit (32/64-bit) / AAX-compatible host software.</p>
Windows

• Windows Vista or higher (tested up to Windows 10)
• SSE2-enabled processor (Pentium 4 or later)
• Minimum 2GB RAM.
• Any VST / Audio Unit (32/64-bit) / AAX-compatible host software.

<h6><strong>Mac OS X</strong></h6><p>&bull; Mac OS X 10.7 or higher (tested up to 10.10 El Capitan)<br />&bull; Intel processor Mac<br />&bull; Minimum 2GB RAM.<br />&bull; Any VST / Audio Unit (32/64-bit) / AAX-compatible host software.</p>
Mac OS X

• Mac OS X 10.7 or higher (tested up to 10.10 El Capitan)
• Intel processor Mac
• Minimum 2GB RAM.
• Any VST / Audio Unit (32/64-bit) / AAX-compatible host software.

Stacker

Evolve your drums: the ultimate drum layer and sound design tool.

Stacker
$62.77

Stacker + 1200 factory presets


Revolutionise your rhythms with Stacker, a uniquely powerful drum layering plugin that uses sampling and synthesis across multiple layers to create personalised drum sounds, from cutting-edge beats and finely honed vintage hits to cinematic-style SFX.

That's just for starters. Stacker can also be used to craft a near limitless range of tailor-made sounds, from lush chords and complex percussion to esoteric ambient FX.

Stacker boasts three independent sample layers, a fully fledged analogue-style drum synthesiser, dynamic FX section, plus innovative tools like Scatter (intelligent time displacement) and Pump (delay and impulse sculpting).

Smart global editing, flexible modulation, freeform curve-enhanced envelopes, precise filters, dedicated stereo tools and macro assignments for instant tweaks combine in the world’s most compelling sound layering tool.

The only limit to Stacker's sonic palette is your imagination.

Features

1. THREE POWERFUL SAMPLERS: The core of Stacker

THREE POWERFUL SAMPLERS: The core of Stacker

Craft unique, custom sounds in seconds by importing up to three different audio samples. Carve samples to your exact requirements using assignable start, loop and end points, characterful filters, 8-point envelopes, insert FX and an exhaustive palette of phase correction and stereo width tools. Combine ambient live recordings for composite drum layers.

2. DESIGNER DRUM SYNTH: Old-school analogue power

DESIGNER DRUM SYNTH: Analogue drums in seconds

Layer four is Stacker's synth engine featuring a powerful modelled analogue oscillator with separate noise generator for constructing sonically rich kicks, snare, hats, percussion and FX. Tune the oscillator to your track for bulky sub kicks... Employ noise 'pump' to give a raw analogue edge to a stacked snare... Add transient energy to tired hits... Play melodic kick drums patterns using MIDI.

 

3. QUICK to MASTER – DEVIL in the DETAIL

QUICK to MASTER – DEVIL in the DETAILS

Get up and running in moments with an intuitive GUI, global overview of layers and quick access to filters, tuning, volume, amp length and more. Delve deeper for advanced sound design tools: automate every parameter; edit audition with on/off buttons for all effects, envelopes and layers plus much more.

4. SCATTER: Intelligent time displacement

SCATTER: Intelligent time displacement

Set time displacement between layers by dragging their trigger blocks – offset in ms for subtle shifts or bpm for locked-in groove control, whether you want to imbue a lazy human feel to a huge clap stack or synchronise a powerful FX sequence.

5. SHAPE THE DETAILS: Multi-stage envelopes

SHAPE THE DETAILS: Multi-stage envelopes
Shape the all-important transients using Stacker's detailed envelopes. Load a preset ('bang', 'pump', 'suck') or program your own nuanced curves using ultra-flexible 8-point envelopes to control amplitude, pitch and modulation. Zoom in for fine tuning; Warp for added definition. Nothing gets you closer to the edit.

6. FULLY FLEDGED FX: From MPC-style downsampling to analogue filters

FX: Colour your sounds

Insert FX rack for each layer featuring 8 distortion presets (from warm saturation to 8-bit chip modelling), full suite of analogue-style filters, LFO-synced 'Zero-Flanger', mod shift, flexible 2-band EQ and more...

7. MACROS & MOD MATRIX: Supreme tweakability

MACROS & MOD MATRIX: Supreme tweakability

Mod envelopes and LFOs control everything from sample start points to FX parameters. Route mods in the matrix – featuring KAOSS source, bipolar and uni routings – or control multiple parameter ranges under a single user-named macro. On-the-fly tweaks have rarely been easier...

8. DELAY & AMBIENCE: Give sounds life

DELAY & AMBIENCE: Give sounds life

Fully customisable delay and reverb engine - from subtle chamber-style reverb to tempo-synced ping-pong delays to big fat 80s gated reverbs. Load your own impulse responses. Fine-tune complex ghost grooves and slapbacks with unique 'pump' LFO.

9. 1000s of PRESETS & XPANSIONS: Inspiration assured

1000s of PRESETS & XPANSIONS: Springboards for creativity

Stacker ships with 1208 expertly crafted presets – including supreme drum sounds, raw samples, tried and tested envelope curves, IRs, macro assignments, FX racks and more... Browse and create, swap and tweak, or click the lightning bolt for intelligently randomised starting points. For more inspiration browse Stacker XPansions, from Sample Magic's world-leading sound designers.

Stacker Install Guide


  • Windows install guide

  • Mac install guide

Tutorials: Get more from Stacker


  • Preset Global

  • Analog Kick

  • Sampler

  • Modulation + Macros

  • Scatter

  • Impulse Reverb

  • Analog Snares

  • Analog Hi-Hats

Tech Spec

3 x Sample Layers:

  • Tune / Pan / Loop / Normalise / Reverse
  • Stereo Channel matrix : Normal / channel Swap / Mono Left / Mono Right : Phase Invert / L / R
  • Stereo Width (variable Mid / Side + mono pass)
  • Sample Delay (left / right 0-10,000 samples)
  • Amp Envelope : 8 stage programmable envelope with curve control, time resize and warp (change the time ratio for the start of the envelope only)
  • Pitch Envelope : 8 stage programmable envelope with curve control, time resize and warp (change the time ratio for the start of the envelope only)

1 x Synth layer:

  • Variable Wavetable : Sine / Triangle / Square
  • Tune / Drive / Volume / Click (808 stye)
  • Noise : Colour / Width / Filter (LP/BP/HP) / Rez
  • Noise Envelope : 8 stage programmable envelope with curve control (selectable On/off : when off is selected, Noise is routed to main synth envelope)
  • Amp Envelope : 8 stage programmable envelope with curve control, time resize and warp (change the time ratio for the start of the envelope only). Save/ Load / Randomise Shape.
  • Pitch Envelope : 8 stage programmable envelope with curve control, time resize and warp (change the time ratio for the start of the envelope only)
  • Scale : Hz or Midi Note Pitch.
  • Save/ Load / Randomise Shape.

Insert FX (all layers):

  • Digitze,
  • Clip Filter (LP/BP/HP + 7 distortion types + Pre/Post)
  • Zero Flanger (3 types + LFOP BPM sync and Re-Trig)
  • Mod Shift (Ring Modulator / Frequency Shifter)
  • 2 Band EQ : Selectable Parametric / Hi-Shelf / Low-Shelf + Variable Q
  • Dual Filters : Hi and Lo cut (4 types : 12/24/48/Res)

Send FX: Delay

  • Delay : Mode : Echo / Repeats, Ms / BPM sync, Ping pong width, LPF, Mod rate + Depth. 
  • Pump Envelope : 8 Stage programable envelopes with curve control, BPM sync + Trig/Loop option. Targets : Amp / Low Filter / High Filter
  • 1 Band EQ : Selectable Parametric / Hi-Shelf / Low-Shelf + Variable Q
  • Dual Filters : Hi and Lo cut (4 types : 12/24/48/Res)
 

Send FX: Impulse

  • Impulse : Load any audio file for IR transformation (Reverb / Distortion etc)
  • Pump Envelope : 8 Stage programable envelopes with curve control, BPM sync + Trig/Loop option. Targets : Amp / Low Filter / High Filter
  • 1 Band EQ : Selectable Parametric / Hi-Shelf / Low-Shelf + Variable Q
  • Dual Filters : Hi and Lo cut (4 types : 12/24/48/Res)

Modulation / Routing

  • Modulation Matrix : 9 Modulation slots / 11 sources (4 Mod envelopes / 4 macros / Pitch Bend / Kaoss / Velocity)
  • Selectable Polarity Bi-Uni polar / Depth / On/off.
  • 4x Modulation Envelopes : 8 Stage programable envelopes with curve control, BPM sync + LFO Loop option. Save/ Load / Randomise Shape.
  • 4 Macro controls with Rename

 Scatter:

  • Intelligent d-part sample offset

Global controls:

  • Global Edit : Edit Amp env times, tuning and stereo width for each or all layers via a single fader.
  • Mixer : 6 Channels (4 layers + Delay + Impulse) Mute/Solo / Delay Send / Impulse Send. Master Volume.
  • Scope Output Visualiser and Trigger/Audition.
  • Midi Velocity / Keytrack : independently switchable for all layers
  • Trigger Modes : Envelope (plays sound till envelopes finish), Gate (plays sound only while MIDI note is ON)
  • Polyphony : 16 notes
  • Modes : Mono / Poly

Presets:

  • Core Library :  1208 presets covering Kicks, Snares, HiHats, Cymbals, Percussion, Sub Bass, FX, styles / genres created from over 750 audio files.
  • Preset Browser : Open/ Save /Save As layer, Prev/ Next/ Randomise layer file in folder, browse current folder. Reset Layer to defaults.
  • Randomise - Sample Layer : Load Audio file from Finder, Prev/ Next/ Randomise audio file in folder, browse current folder. Reset Layer to defaults.
  • Randomise - Synth Layer : Open/ Save /Save As layer, Prev/ Next/ Randomise layer file in folder, browse current folder. Reset Layer to defaults.

More Information

Update Log

Version 1.01 July 2016

Bug Fixes

All versions :

Fixed : AAX version not recalling session parameters.

Optimised : Memory leaks in Reverb engine which where causing crashes.

Fixed : Reverb pump envelope On/Off button not resetting correctly.

Fixed : Sample Delay layers 2 & 3 not working correctly.

WIN :

Fixed : FL Studio crashing when changing presets.

Fixed : GUI not showing completely.

Fixed : Reverb Presets not loading IR files.


Stacker
$62.77

Stacker + 1200 factory presets