"Be sure to pick up Marcel Blum's Soundplant... files are triggered with virtually no latency... offers a refreshing alternative."
-Electronic Musician Magazine, Download of the Month
"There's an excellent piece of software called Soundplant that allows you to transform any Mac or PC into a custom soundboard."
-CNET, How to play sounds using a computer keyboard
"Love your product, as a sound designer for theater it is absolutely indispensable in creating reactive and dense sonic imagery to enhance live performance."
-Jim Fourniadis, director, producer, actor, & owner, The Dark Room Theater, San Francisco
"Soundplant is a pleasure to use, and I'm grateful for your innovation and support over the past few years. You should reach down and pat yourself on the back, Soundplant was used by me during production of Inception which was awarded an Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing."
-Ed Novick, film production sound engineer
"The new version is a gorgeous and robust improvement. The layout design alone is just beautiful, and the new features are superb and very impressive. The reverb is excellent in every way, and helps give the sounds a warmth that makes them sound that much more "real". The keyboard response is better. Soundplant is one of the most valuable tools for music making that I have ever used."
-Tom Furgas, composer and artist
"I use Soundplant for all of the sound FX playback from my Mac for Top Gear Live. I think that it is brilliant."
-Gareth Davies, Head of Audio, BBC's Top Gear Live
"In an era of bloated software, Soundplant is squeaky clean - we love it! 100% Astro-Certified!"
-rock band Man or Astro-Man?
"With Swedish Television (SVT), I've done the Olympics where we of course used Soundplant live to the whole world. Without doubt the most used 'playback program' in TV work over here, with great success."
-Mattias Dalin, EUROSOUND mediacrew ab
"A subtle and sophisticated sample player... The multitude and flexibility of the playback options offered by Soundplant make it an almost uniquely talented file player... it works so beautifully in what it does it just demands a place in the audio toolbox."
-Alistair McGhee, audio engineer and journalist, Soundplant Audio Player Review
"I can vouch for the extreme stability of Soundplant--it just sits there and works, even on a very low spec machine... hundreds of random effects per show over a six week run, and not a single hiccup in 5 years of use."
-Bobbsy, AudioMasters Forum
Soundplant is live performance audio software that turns your computer keyboard (yes, your QWERTY keyboard) into a versatile, low latency, multitrack sample trigger and playable musical instrument. It allows the assignment of sound files of any format and length onto virtually all keyboard keys, giving you hours of instantly-playing random access audio at your fingertips with no extra hardware needed. Use Soundplant as a performance, presentation, or installation tool, as a drum pad, as an educational aid, to mix together tracks in realtime, trigger sound effects or background tracks during a show, create music or loops, sketch sound designs, make beats, and give new life to old sounds - all via an input device you've been practicing on for as long as you've been typing. Because it's a standalone software sampler that uses your own samples to create custom soundboards, Soundplant is an infinitely flexible electronic instrument limited only by the variety of sounds that you feed it. An easy to use interface provides drag & drop configuration of each key, including options which control the way each sound is triggered along with several lightweight non-destructive realtime effects. Playing sounds are displayed with a progress bar and track time, and you can even trigger sounds with Soundplant hidden while using any other program.
Soundplant is not a synthesizer, plugin, editor, or sequencer, but it is way more than a media player. Soundplant was designed to do one thing and do it well: to trigger sounds from the computer keyboard with maximum speed, efficiency, and ease of use. Users love its rock-solid stability for live event use, its simple one sound per one key metaphor which eliminates the usage complications of many other software samplers, its versatility for handling sounds of all types from short effects to full length songs to hours-long mixes, and its ultra-optimized use of the computer keyboard with lowest-possible latency requiring no extra hardware or MIDI.
Now in its 20th year of existence, Soundplant has won multiple awards, and its users include the BBC on shows such as Doctor Who and Top Gear, National Public Radio on shows such as A Prairie Home Companion, Oscar-winning sound mixer Ed Novick on films such as Vice, Inception, and The Dark Knight Rises, CBS and ESPN in live sports broadcasts, Nike in fashion shows, and director Kevin Smith's View Askew Productions in podcasts and live events.
Soundplant is not very demanding for basic use and can run on virtually any Windows or Mac computer made in the last 8+ years; a multicore processor and 4GB of RAM are recommended. Your built-in cheapo soundcard will work fine, and so will any add-on professional quality audio interface. For optimal display, minimum 1280x720 screen resolution is recommended.
Windows version runs on Windows 10, 8, & 7, 64-bit recommended; 64-bit required for latest beta 50.0.8
Macintosh latest beta 50.0.8 runs on macOS 11.0 Big Sur down to OS X 10.11 El Capitan / latest production release 47 runs on 10.14 Mojave down to 10.9