Soundplant is offered as a free download which includes a trial of the registered features:
|for||Windows v.50.1.3 (July 2021)
for Windows 10, 8, 7, 64-bit only
|for||Mac v.50.1.3 (July 2021)
for macOS 11 Big Sur down to OS X 10.11
Select older versions of Soundplant are still available if you need them for older computers:
Soundplant 47 (2018) for Windows 7 & up [47 MB] (last version that works on 32-bit Windows, may be better for older/slower computers)
Soundplant 45 (2017) for Windows Vista & up [38 MB] (last version that works on Vista)
Soundplant 43 (2016) for Windows XP sp2 & up [25 MB] (last version that works on XP)
Soundplant 39 (2010) for Windows XP sp2 & up [8 MB] (may be better for even older/slower computers)
Soundplant 26.1 (2002) for Windows 9x/NT & up [2 MB] (last version that works on Win 95/98/NT/2k)
Soundplant beta 12 (1999) for Windows 9x/NT & up [2 MB] (the first release of Soundplant! here for nostalgia only, it's not particularly useful)
Soundplant 47 (2018) for macOS 10.9-10.14 [64 MB] (last version that works on OS X pre-10.11, last 32-bit version)
Soundplant 45 (2017) for Mac OS X 10.6-10.14 [50 MB] (last version that works on OS X pre-10.9)
Soundplant 39 (2010) for Mac OS X 10.4-10.8, Intel & PPC [22 MB] (last version that works on PPC & OS X pre-10.6)
Soundplant beta 27 (2004) for Mac OS X 10.1.5-10.6 & Classic 9.2+, PPC [4 MB] (last version that works on OS 9 & OS X pre-10.4)
Soundplant beta 26 (2002) for Mac OS Classic 8.1+ [3 MB] (last version that works on OS 8)
Here are some example .keymaps to play with:
beat pad 2 [4.5 MB] - Drum pad of sounds extracted from various breakbeats, with a mix of well-worn classic hip-hop sample sources and dug-up finds. Updated with some randomized effects and a few new loops, compatible with Soundplant v.40 and up.
sine wave church organ [0.008 MB] - A chromatically tuned, heavily reverberating organ made from a simple sine tone, utilizing 'hold down' mode to sustain the tone while holding down keys and slowly fade out on release. Compatible with Soundplant v.40 and up.
keys of Tron [2.12 MB] - Sound effects from the classic arcade games Tron (1982) and Discs of Tron (1983). Some cool vintage synth sounds and chiptune building blocks here. I always wondered if Wendy Carlos was involved in the brilliant sound design of these games. Compatible with Soundplant v.40 and up.
Speak & Spell alphabet [1.34 MB] - The letters of the alphabet as spoken by a vintage Speak & Spell speech synthesizer, assigned to their corresponding keyboard keys. Especially fun for kids learning to read and type. Sourced from a UK model so it's got a cute British accent. Compatible with Soundplant v.40 and up.
car keys [0.1 MB] - Microtonal electric piano made out of the 'ding' my car makes when I open the door with the keys left in the ignition. Compatible with Soundplant v.40 and up.
Floer Lickshot Archieve [10.4 MB] - DJ sound effect drops by reggae DJ Floer to spice up your mix with sirens, lasers, and yes, air horn. Compatible with Soundplant v.40 and up.
If you have created a keymap that is especially cool/fun/funny/useful that you'd like to share with the world here, submit it to soundplant [at] soundplant.org.
Here are some links to free sound file sites to help get you started using Soundplant, with a varied assortment of sound sources, from standard sound effects libraries to audiophile samples of orchestral instruments to field recordings from around the world to breakbeats to experimental sound art to early electronic instruments:
Some programs that are useful/fun in combination with Soundplant:
Some devices with interesting possibilities for use with Soundplant:
Soundplant has received awards and recognition from Electronic Musician Magazine (Download Of The Month), Sound On Sound Magazine (Useful Utilities For The PC Musician), CNET (How To feature), Lockergnome (Newsletter Recommended Download), Softpedia (5/5 Pick), Software Informer (5 Stars), Free Download Manager (Recommended Award), Windows64.com (5 Stars), DownloadPipe (5 Stars), Freeware Files (Top Pick), soft82.com (5 Stars), FileBuzz (4 Stars), Download 3000 (5 Stars), File Transit (5 Stars), and Tai Mien Phi (feature review), among many others.
Soundplant versions 39 and higher include a distribution of FFmpeg binaries, © Fabrice Bellard et al. As per the GNU General Public License, here is a copy of the FFmpeg source code used to compile the builds of FFmpeg used by the latest version of Soundplant (note that the latest sources will always be found at the FFmpeg home page, not here!): ffmpeg-N-102967-g3f5d5c1c2d.tar.bz2 [11 MB]
Soundplant versions 40-47 use the FluidSynth software synthesizer, © Peter Hanappe et al., by way of Antoine Schmitt's FluidXtra. Both projects are open source with full source repositories available at their respective links.
Feature sponsorship thanks to Nike, Inc., Man or Astro-man?, John Wingert, Jeremy Gold for Project KITT Jeep, Bob Wong/Audio Image Engineering Singapore, and Dan McGee.
Soundplant is for digital samples, but there are other programs which turn the computer keyboard into a MIDI keyboard for use with MIDI software rather than as a direct digital sample trigger. If this is what you are looking for, try either of these: