Time to dust off this thread. :bananallama:
This is a useful VST no matter where you stand on the freeware vs. cracked debate. And as far as I can tell there is no payware equivelant out there.
It's a sampler......but not like any other sampler you've got in your arsenal I can assure you.
Question: Do you have a bunch of wicked sounding synths/instuments VSTs that have a tendency to kill your CPU? Yes? What if you could load that CPU intensive VST into a sampler and instantly multisample it out as a sampler patch? I'm sure you'd be interested. That's exactly what Highlife by DiscoDSP can do.
You can then unload the VST to free up CPU. It roughly sets loop points for you which you can tweak until it loops properly.
You can either use this sampler patch as is OR
you can then make a soundfont patch out of it to play in the nifty little soundfont player, SFZ by RGC audio. The sampler will bounce all the info down to a .sfz file which will load up in the SFZ player. Its a very basic interface but this player/sampler is famous for its purity of sound.
Highlife is no slacker in the audio quality game either. 32 bit floating point wavetable synthesis (Just like most of your favourite wave editors), Selectable interpolation engines up to 512 Sinc Hermite for offline rendering to audio.....whatever that means, but sounds HQ. As far I gather that is among the highest quality wav rendering algorithms available. The result is supposed to be virtually no detectable aliasing which is that funny squeeling noise you hear when you play your samples way higher or lower than they are normally supposed to.
The patches aren't small though, a bass synth patch when frozen to a multi-sampled wave patch weighed in at 10.5MB. But if you have a whopper hard drive this shouldn't be an issue.
As you can see SFZ is pretty basic looking but its whats under the hood that makes it pretty special.
This combo is well worth checking out if you want to free up your CPU once you have created a killer patch There is an effects section within Highlife if you want to do any extra processing after freezing your VST.