IK Multimedia is now shipping SampleTank 2.5, a free update to its sample workstation plug-in; the update includes new features such as an enhanced built-in multi-effects system with send and master effects, new high-quality studio reverb, and the ability to read all "Powered by SampleTank" instruments.. IK Multimedia has added an expanded FX system that now includes 5 new Master insert effects and 5 Send pre/post effects (in addition to the previous 5 effects per part). IK also added a high-quality reverb derived from the company's popular Classik Studio Reverb, bringing the overall list of available DSP effects to 33 -- more than any other sample-based instrument on the market, according to the company.
Other new features include Global Volume/Pan, Master Loop sync, new selectable Portamento curves, 200 new Combi patches, and more. The newly boxed version of SampleTank 2.5 XL ($499/?419) will include a bonus sound disk as well. SampleTank 2.5, available as a demo, is fully compatible with Mac OS X and runs as a Universal Binary; it supports VST, RTAS, and Audio Units plug-in formats.