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Translator™ converts professional sampler formats. Take any sampler CD-Rom/disk and Translator™ can convert one or any of its Samples, or Presets, or Banks - or the entire CD-ROM/disk - into another sampler format that you can use directly with that sampler! Program parameter information is translated as well as the samples and structure - wavedata, keymaps, looping, effects – everything possible.
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Translator™ converts professional sampler formats. Take any sampler CD-Rom/disk and Translator™ can convert one or any of its Samples, or Presets, or Banks - or the entire CD-ROM/disk - into another sampler format that you can use directly with that sampler! Program parameter information is translated as well as the samples and structure - wavedata, keymaps, looping, effects – everything possible.


Translator™ is the ULTIMATE program for dealing with professional sampler formats.

Translator™ handles more professional formats that people are using for music than any other conversion program. It translates quickly and accurately and in an easy, natural manner.


- Reads and writes most popular Instrument and Audio sample formats
- Supports 8-bit, 12-bit, 13-bit, 16-bit, 24-bit, and 32-bit files
- Instrument and Sample Auditioning
- Fast, Efficient Operation
- Detailed Status Dialogs with Pausable Translation feature
- Reads and Translates Ensoniq and Kurzweil Programs
- Reads and Translates Bulk DOS Disks
- Intelligent Automatic Stereo Combining and Splitting
- Giga Power
- Translator is the ONLY program that writes real, authentic, exact .gig files, ones designed to be read into Giga without any rewriting etc. within the editor. Translator write regular files, not irregular ones as other programs do
- Translator writes exact v2.0 files, while others write only version 1
- Translator can write not only .gig files, but Giga Performances as well. This enables mimicking of Akai Multis and Roland Performances
- Translator compensates for Giga's restriction on mono-or-stereo Regions by intelligently combining or splitting, also can pre-determine mono or stereo as the above
- Compensates for non-exponential Layers and Dimensions accurately
- Writes condensed .gig files and does not include residual information
- Writes Instruments into single .gig files whenever possible, instead of splitting them, does not write unnecessary folders
- " Bulk Convert" Roland option virtually eliminates replicated samples from Roland CD's or disks
- Respects Giga's 128 Instrument limit and writes a minimum of multiple .gig files if necessary without sample replication (common issue with SoundFont->Giga translations)
- Extracts Instruments into Groups or individually, extracts samples and imports them as well.
- Supports Emu "Links"
- Supports Roland Performances Easily
- View Roland disks in a more natural way
- Write to Proprietary Disks
- Supports Translating From Akai S-5000 Multi Files
- Use SMDI to Transfer Batches of Samples To and From Hardware Samplers
- View and Extract Mac Drives on the PC
- Wave Mapping Into Program Structures - Instrument Building
- Parameter Tolerance
- Lots of Options
- Works within a Studio Network Environment
- Updates are ALWAYS Free
- Available At Your Local Music Store

Translator Pro Tour

Software Samplers

Translator™ led the way five years ago in reading proprietary hardware sampler CD's and hard drives, and making those sounds available for the breed of computer-driven samplers. Gigasampler's power was exclusively unlocked by Translator. HALion translations were released the day after HLAion was released as a product. And, the first software sampler, Seer System's Reality, is still only supported by Translator and no one else.

Even today, no program reads and translates more proprietary disk formats. Translator reads eleven of them! Count: 1) Akai S-1000/3000, 2) Roland S-7x, 3) Roland S-50/550 Series*, 4) Emu, 5) Kurzweil, 6) Ensoniq*, 7) Fairlight*, 8) Peavey*, 9) Yamaha*, 10) Akai MPC, 11) Macintosh HFS - with even more coming!
*unique to Translator

Software samplers have been slow to amass the programmability of hardware samplers, so Translator led the way in innovative designs that unlocked those features that other programs are just now discovering. Features like bidirectional and reverse looping, multi-stage envelope algorithms, and many more. Translator was the first to offer EXS-24 translations that truly stuffed more elaborate parameters into the global scheme of the EXS. Even today, Translator offers more accurate translations across the board than any other conversion program.

Hardware Samplers

Although software samplers are unique, hardware samplers aren't dying. They are still preferred for live gig's and still retain their place in studios from the high pro's to the young amateurs.

Translator is alone in not only reading but writing to proprietary disks like the ones mentioned above. It pioneered the concept of Virtual Drives, enabling users to transfer and translate a number of formats onto an image that could be burned onto a CD-R for use in their Akai, Emu, Ensoniq, and other hardware samplers. Nowadays other programs are picking up on the concept, but Translator has had it since the beginning.

Translator supports all the breeds of DOS-format hardware samplers, such as the Akai-5000/Z-Series, Korg Triton, Roland Fantom-S/X and XV-5080, Akai MPC, Ensoniq ASR-X, and others. Translator is still the only program that really writes EXACT compatible files for these samplers, as opposed to a somewhat cookie-cutter approach taken by other competing programs.

Custom Designed Hi-Tech Architecture

Each entry is partially derived from another. At each connection point there is a process that can customize the conversion.

Unlike other programs, Translator's design has changed little since it was designed in 1998. It hasn't had to! Chicken System's had a hand in designing several innovative Ensoniq third-party products in the 1990's, and from that long experience crafted the ideas for the first true Universal Sampler Converter.

Chicken Systems noted that other programs used a universal internal format to conduct their conversions, and while they saw the efficiencies of such an approach, they also knew of the constraints it brought and the inability to truly match one format to another.

Translator's design is based around semi-modular, entirely object-oriented, driver-based concepts. While each input and output format has its own driver code controlling its behavior and format structure, there is yet an additional layer that enables any customization possible - directly based on the original and not a structured copy. This way, a much more musical approach can be taken - one translation at a time. There is a minimum of code that is duplicated, and such code is consistently being optimized and merged into a common structure at all times.

This is have proven best over time, as Translator has consistently converted those "special" Roland, or Ensoniq, or Akai etc. parameters that other competing programs leave out.

Since the architectural design was innovative to begin with, Translator become an incredibly versatile coding platform. Not only did it do great every-day translations, it enabled Chicken Systems to take individual requests from users and developers than shaved enormous amounts of time from their work. Many top companies and libraries, such as Spectrasonics and Garritan Orchestral Strings, have the Translator touch on them as the internal developers used it to convert the native libraries into others.

And now with the CPS (Custom Programming Service), free to Translator users, you’re not locked into the features Chicken Systems put in - you are now in charge of what Translator does and any special personal features you'd like to put into the program. The deep modular level of Translator and multiple points of directing program flow enable Chicken Systems to slip into the program easily and respond to most custom queries that have come their way.

Thus, Translator has the best of all worlds - the consistency and reliability of reused code for each sampler format, and the ability to customize any step of the way.

While other programs are constantly reinventing themselves, Translator had the right idea from in the beginning.

Unique Two-Way Interface

A big part in the simplicity of Translator has to do with its exclusive Two-Way Interface. It was found with Ensoniq Disk Tools program that multiple list columns, disk browsers that you had to switch around all the time, and multiple-clicks and choices made for a cluttered and confusing program that wasn't efficient with its user interface.

Translator's Two-Way Interface is just like Windows's Explorer setup. You have "containers" of objects on the left, and actual objects that you control on the right. To translate, you simply:

- Select what you want to translate on the right
- Drag it over to the left
- Decide what you want to translate to

And that's it! (In fact, you can pre-select Job #3 above, so you don't have to do it.) You can go in and out of proprietary disks and Virtual Drives a leisure. You see the most amount of information in the most natural way with only two panes. No more switching disk or file browsers, rereading already-read information, no more having to select this and that - Translator does it for you.

Dragging is a basic element in modern GUI's, because in one motion you are making multiple decisions. "What am I starting with?" "What am I doing?" "Where am I going?" Instead of making multiple clicks, you visually see where you are and where you are going.

In fact, Translator reacts to any disks put into the drive and mounts them for you. Nice!

Dual Platform Capability

Translator™ was also the first to offer translations on the Macintosh platform, releasing their Mac version in May 2002. It offered full scale EXS-24 translations, along with sample auditioning, viewing of disk contents, and more. Never was this really available before on the Macintosh.

The Macintosh uses an interface coding structure, while providing the same hooks for the PC code, so adaptation is seamless. The PC and Mac version share 85% of the same code. Work is progressing to make the Mac and PC version identical in function.

The Mac version uniquely offers WAVE mapping, bulk DOS disk translating, auto-mounting, and Kurzweil and Ensoniq support. It can translate to EXS-24, SampleCell, WAV, AIFF, and other formats. It supports as source formats Akai, Roland, EMu, Kurzweil, Ensoniq, Giga, SoundFont, MESA, and SampleCell.

Product Details

Product Details

Platform Hybrid (Mac and PC)
Manufacturer DRUMAGOG


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