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TX16Wx - Multi-timbral sampler
The TX16Wx Software Sampler is a simple, yet powerful sampling instrument inspired by various classic hardware samplers from the 80s and 90s, but mainly the excellent Yamaha TX16W sampler as used with the Typhoon operating system.

Many software samplers sport a multitude of features aimed mainly at disk-streaming gigabyte sized preset libraries. The TX16Wx instead aims to bring back some of the joy of working with the classic hardware instruments, using sampling not for playing back pre-built libraries, but instead creating your own new sounds in creative way. Perhaps the biggest reason this software was created though, is that I have yet to find a software sampler, free or otherwise, with both workstation features, and a clear cut, well-documented file format that does not lock the user in to a product forever. The TX16Wx file format is simple XML files and can be translated even by hand in a simple text editor.

TX16Wx can load:
SoundFont 2.
SFZ Files.
Logic EXS.
Akai AKP.
Ogg Vorbis.
Typhoon compressed AIF files.
Original Yamaha OS Wave files.
  • Re-sizable, flexible GUI.
  • Full Undo/Redo support.
  • Built-in file browser with sound playback and wave and program preview.
  • Fully skinnable.
  • Program icons.
  • Unlimited multi-timbral operation.
  • 128 voice polyphony.
  • 6/12/24 dB resonant filters.
  • Low-, high, band- and allpass.
  • Notch, peak, low- and highshelf.
  • Two syncable LFO per voice.
  • Two Modulation Envelopes per voice.
  • Three Sequence LFO per voice.
  • Modulation matrix with 16 modulation slots per voice.
  • Three-way cross modulation (variable modulation strength).
  • Multiple keyboard scales.
  • Multiple trigger modes.
  • Mono/Poly/Legato operation.
  • 8 choke groups per program.
  • Per-sample loop start/end/direction modulation.
  • Polyphonic glide.
  • Polyphony limit per channel.
  • VST micro tuning support.
  • Built-in sample editor.
  • Automatic Loop Slicing + slice mapping.
  • Actually Samples! Record audio straight into the sampler.
  • Automatic pitch detection.
  • Loop tools.
  • Loop cross fading.
  • Multiple loop definitions per wave.
  • Trim, cut, duplicate.
  • Pitch detection.
  • Normalize.
  • Reverse.
  • Tempo detection.
  • Graphical keyboard mapping editor.
  • Automatic sample layout.
  • Flexible drag & drop-based group edit.
  • Quick select of sound data via MIDI.
  • Drag & drop of samples/programs/performances/banks.
  • Multiple outputs: 4 Stereo + 8 Mono outputs.
  • Individual output mapping for key groups.
  • 16 mappable controllers for automation.
  • 128 mappable VST parameters for automation.
  • Preview loaded programs and samples in your song before loading.
  • Reads multiple sample and bank formats.
  • Saves data in DAW project directory.
  • Low CPU usage.

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  V 3.0.10
(28.7 Mb)
  V 3.0.10
(46.7 Mb)
  V 3.0.10
(46.7 Mb)
  V 3.0.10


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Dec 03 2018
  5  / 5
How in the world is this free?
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Oct 28 2018
  5  / 5
Excellent sampler! And it got upgraded to version 3!
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Aug 21 2018
  Matt Payne
  5  / 5
I love this thing. I was looking for a good sampler to set up drum tracks. This slices loops or lets you load individual samples (or both), and you can tweak each sample. In the full version I can add a few basic effects to individual tracks (I think I could also send them to Reaper's mixer with their own tracks). I also loaded a piano bank. This is a great sampler (I'm not an expert, though). It takes a bit to learn but the details are all useful.
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Mar 03 2018
  5  / 5
The best sampler. Better than any other freeware sampler and can actually compete with commercial samplers. TX16Wx can be both - simple and complex at the same time. It's up to you how you want to use it. If you need a sampler that has a good GUI, fast workflow and many useful features - this is the one.
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Jan 02 2018
  5  / 5
This is what I was looking for. Great stuff
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Nov 09 2017
  5  / 5
The best "true sampler" ever. True because you can record directly on it. True because samples are used as waveform for creating original sounds and mangle a lot with them. TX16Wx has the best waveform editor I ever tested. My main VST so far.
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Oct 06 2017
  5  / 5
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Jul 31 2017
  ?  / 5
What exactly am I supposed to run? I've installed it and yet I can't find a dll or separate program in the directory...
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Apr 12 2016
  4  / 5
It can do everything... just download it
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Dec 11 2015
  5  / 5
Easily the best free software sampler. Tons of great features, including slicing! Support the devs and buy the paid version, it's a bargain.
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Oct 20 2015
  Jose Cosin
  5  / 5
Really intuitive and easy use!
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Aug 16 2015
  4  / 5
I liked it but it crash my Reaper alot and usually causing flickering of audio files. Only some of versions doesnt flickering audio. I have Windows XP 32 bit. They should repair this.
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Jun 26 2014
  0  / 5
I was so hopeful. But after installing, I had to find out by searching the net, that it requires SP3 on win XP or it don't work. Thank You. Then I found out it only requires MSXML6 from microsoft. so I installed it. But still nothing. Then on the way I found many complains about crashes. Then I gave up....
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Dec 15 2013
  5  / 5
One of the best I've used. So good, I lashed out and bought the pro-version. But, the free version is great too. Powerful, and not too limited in what you can do. Highly recommend.
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Jan 07 2013
  5  / 5
This sampler is awesome! It does pretty much everything that my Directwave one does in FL except it is free. If you have a host, don't waste your money. This is top notch. The editor and the meters are great. It is also pretty easy to use.
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Mar 08 2012
  5  / 5
Read pdf before you use this one. It works like hardware samplers do. Can record, slice, edit samples and a lot more. Even have a sound preview in Open file dialog. This one, Highlife and Shortcircuit are the top.
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