NEW YORK—After a yearlong beta Marcel Blum has released Soundplant 42 for Windows and Mac, the first update since 2010 of the computer keyboard sound-triggering program.
Soundplant turns the standard QWERTY keyboard into a playable instrument with low latency, allowing the instant playback of any format sound files on 72 keyboard keys with no need for extra hardware.
The software is now in its 15th year, turns an input device into a versatile multitrack playback tool. New version 42 features stability, low cost, straightforward drag-and-drop sound file assignment, and powerful flexibility as standalone software, while bringing new features such as 32-bit floating point mixing and 96 kHz output for audiophile accuracy, 256 channel polyphony for rich sound design, several new lightweight realtime effects, direct output recording, and finer key press and release control. You can continue triggering sounds while using any other program with Soundplant hidden, and launch an unlimited number of Soundplant instances allowing outputting to multiple sound devices, multitrack recording, and more banks of sounds. Soundplant works identically on Windows or Mac and keymaps can be transferred across computers with ease.
Soundplant is offered as a free download, which includes a 25-launch trial of the registered features. In unregistered mode it is free for non-commercial use with limitations on some professional features. The registered version (USD $50, or a $40 upgrade from v.39) allows expanded sound file format support, audio output device selection, higher quality output sample rates, recording and background triggering.