47.01 28 Sep 2018

Use your keyboard as an instrument and sample trigger.


Developer website: Marcel Blum

Soundplant turns your computer keyboard (yes, your QWERTY keyboard) into a versatile, low latency, multitrack sample-triggering device and playable musical instrument, allowing the assignment of sound files of any format and size 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, to mix together tracks in realtime, as an educational aid, to trigger sound effects or background tracks during a show, to create music or loops, to sketch sound designs, or to 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, 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-and-drop, point-and-click 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.

  • 72 keyboard keys can be used to trigger sounds, all with very low latency
  • drag and drop sound files onto keyboard keys for quick and easy key assignment
  • plays virtually all sound file formats in existence, including .wav, .aif, .mp3, .mp4, .m4a, .aac, .flac, .wma, .alac, .wv, .ogg, .snd, .ape, and many many more, even audio from video files like .wmv, .mov, .avi, .divx, .mpg, .flv, .3gp, etc.
  • capable of playing 256 sounds simultaneously, allowing for dense soundscapes and complex virtual instruments

What's New

Version 47.01:

Notes: Ready for macOS 10.14 Mojave.

  • waveform zooming for more accurate setting of sound start and end points in a detailed fullscreen view
  • new channel priority setting "autofade" fades out a sound on the next sound trigger, making crossfades easier; "autokill" replaces "low" channel priority setting in previous versions
  • overhauled caching system speeds up loading of most frequently used sounds and keymaps significantly, with Preferences settings for cache location and size
  • "use space key as global pause/unpause" option added to Preferences
  • improved memory management and other speed and efficiency improvements
  • "background key input" emergency off key combo changed to ctrl+alt+shift+tilde to avoid conflicting with more common key combos in other programs, and now also stops all sounds
  • bug fix: Mac: "save with sounds" caused a crash with certain types of sound files
  • bug fix: Mac: Soundplant wouldn't run under certain permissions settings
  • bug fix: Windows: contextual help wasn't properly opening the documentation in some setups
  • bug fix: Windows: launching Soundplant set to Run Maximized misbehaved under certain conditions
  • many other minor bug fixes
  • ends support for Windows Vista
  • ends support for Mac OS pre-10.9
  • new "single key step through" mode for using one key to advance a playlist in a predefined or random order with a pause at the end of each track
  • unassigned keys can now trigger playlists
  • keys with playlists get an icon, which can be clicked to jump into playlist-editing mode
  • all playlist changes are now applied in realtime
  • "only trigger playlists" setting added to "background key input" Preferences
  • bug fixes and edge case behavior consistency improvements


  • OS X 10.9 or later


Current Version (47.x)


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Multimedia Design / Audio
28 Sep 2018
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