Eurorack Sampler Module Comparison

Martin Doudoroff

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2019-09-27 errata
2019-09-25 clarified some wording
2019-09-24 kicked the DLD back down to the bottom of the page; other corrections
2019-09-22 by request, broke table in two: one for those that capture audio, and one for those that just play
2019-09-19 added (tentatively) Modcan CV Record, Supercell, Microcell and ISD, plus more edits
2019-09-17 added (tentatively) Clouds, more edits/augmentations
2019-09-16 added (nascent) latency column, corrections
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Introduction

This is an exhaustive comparison grid for Eurorack sampler options. The goal is to provide enough information to identify and narrow the options that interest you.

Not all modules that employ “sampling techniques” are included here; for example, digital delays also sample audio, but this is not a digital delay comparison. Only some of these modules can record/capture audio, but they can all replay audio on demand.

Eurorack samplers generally fall into—or overlap—five main types:

Many modules do some or all of the above, but there’s nearly always some sort of bias built into the user interface.

Samplers (with recording/capture)

ProductTypeRecordingMax record lengthClocked recordingSimultaneous samples (playback)Triggered LatencyOutputsCV supportstorage/file formatShippingApprox. Price (USD)Additional Notes
1010 Music Bitbox
2016

26 HP
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file player 24-bit 48kHz stereo hours clocked/quantized 16 5 milliseconds 4 mono or 2 stereo or combo up to 8 assignable (pitch, slice selection) non-volatile buffers; FAT32 microSD, WAV Yes 600
  • can start/stop recording based on clock
  • can stream up to 4 samples from microSD card
  • Ableton export
  • Arturia-style TRS MIDI support
  • ships with sample content
4ms Stereo Triggered Sampler
2015

20 HP
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file player 2 × variable up to 32-bit 96kHz hours patched 1-2 1 millisecond 1 stereo file, pitch, direction, start, length volatile buffers; FAT32 microSD, 44.1Khz 24-bit (or 16-bit), up to 60 banks of 10 samples Yes 450
  • ships with sample content
  • end-of-sample trigger outputs
ALM Busy Circuits Squid Salmple
2018

21 HP
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file player 16-bit 44.1kHz mono; cv recording 11 seconds per channel patched 8 1-2 milliseconds 4-5 mono (it’s complicated) 3 assignable (quality, reverse, level, decay, loop, etc), 3 channels with pitch cv partial non-volatile state; FAT32 USB flash drive, 99 banks of 8 samples Yes 500
  • DC coupled (can record and play CV)
  • ships with sample content
Doepfer A-112 Sampler
2012

10 HP
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audio buffer 8-bit variable sample rate mono ~2 seconds patched 1 ??? 1 mono pitch volatile buffer Yes 195
  • can be used as a sort of wavetable oscillator
  • manufacturer’s software for side-loading data through SysEx defunct
  • non-volatile memory requires battery
ProductTypeRecordingMax record lengthClocked recordingSimultaneous samples (playback)Triggered LatencyOutputsCV supportstorage/file formatShippingApprox. Price (USD)Additional Notes
Erica Synths Sample Drum
2018

14 HP
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file player 12-bit 48kHz mono ~5 minutes total no 2 ~1 millisecond 2 mono 6 assignable (pitch, play mode, file, start, end, attack, hold, decay, etc.) partial non-volatile state; microSD, 16-bit 48kHz WAV Yes 350
  • sample recording is not a primary function
  • includes sample content
Expert Sleepers Disting mk4
2017

4 HP
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file player 16 bit 46.875kHz stereo or mono hours patched 2 ~8 milliseconds 1 stereo depends on mode (pitch, decay, file, speed, reverse, scrub, pan) volatile buffer; FAT32 microSD, 16-bit WAV (any sample rate Yes 190
  • multi-purpose utility module (sample recording & playing is one of many functions)
  • many features require file-based configuration on a computer beforehand
  • multi-sample playback support
  • DC coupled (can record/play CV)
  • some MIDI support
Ginko Synthese Sampleslicer MkII
2017

16 HP
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audio buffer 12-bit mono ~15 seconds patched 1 ??? 1 mono length, pitch, start volatile buffer Yes 230
  • capable of audio rate modulation
Grayscale Supercell
2018

34 HP
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granular 16-bit 32kHz stereo or mono; 8-bit 16kHz stereo or mono 1 second, 2 seconds, 4 seconds or 8 seconds, respectively patched 1 (up to 30-40 grains) ??? 1 stereo pitch and various granular synthesis parameters (varies depending on selected algorithm) 4 non-volatile backup slots (manual) Yes 470
  • real time granular processor that can freeze (and store and recall) its (short) buffer for use like a sampler
  • alternate modes (algorithms) and alternate firmware
ProductTypeRecordingMax record lengthClocked recordingSimultaneous samples (playback)Triggered LatencyOutputsCV supportstorage/file formatShippingApprox. Price (USD)Additional Notes
Grayscale Microcell
2019

14 HP
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granular 16-bit 32kHz stereo or mono; 8-bit 16kHz stereo or mono 1 second, 2 seconds, 4 seconds or 8 seconds, respectively patched 1 (up to 30-40 grains) ??? 1 stereo pitch and various granular synthesis parameters (varies depending on selected algorithm) 4 non-volatile backup slots (manual) Yes 370
  • real time granular processor that can freeze (and store and recall) its (short) buffer for use like a sampler
  • alternate modes (algorithms) and alternate firmware
Harvestman Tyme Sefari 2
2012

15 HP
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audio buffer mono ~4 seconds (variable) patched 1 ??? 1 mono direction, loop position, tempo, etc. non-volatile backup (manual) Yes 430
  • designed for audio rate modulation
  • extensive expander available that also enables stereo operation
Instruo arbhar
2019

18 HP
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granular mono 10 seconds (six ten second buffers) patched 1 (16+ grains) ??? 1 mono or 2 pseuo-stereo pitch, intensity, spray, layer, dub, hold, dry/wet, etc. non-volatile buffers? No
  • includes 2hp expander with additional CV ins (not shown)
  • wavetable oscillator mode
  • preamp and microphone
Instruo Lúbadh
2019

20 HP
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virtual tape 2 × 24-bit 96kHz mono 5 minutes patched 2 ??? 2 mono speed, length, start, clock division, erase, etc. non-volatile buffers? No
  • dual varispeed looper with one-shot mode
  • includes 2hp expander with additional CV ins (not shown)
ProductTypeRecordingMax record lengthClocked recordingSimultaneous samples (playback)Triggered LatencyOutputsCV supportstorage/file formatShippingApprox. Price (USD)Additional Notes
Make Noise Morphagene
2017

20 HP
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virtual tape, granular 24-bit 48kHz stereo ~3 minutes patched 1 ??? 1 stereo gain, varispeed, splice, slide, size, morph, etc. non-volatile buffer; FAT32 microSD, 32-bit 48kHz stereo WAV, up to 32 files Yes 530
  • reel “ecosystem” on freesound.org
  • end-of-splice trigger
Make Noise Phonogene
2012

20 HP
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virtual tape mono ~2 seconds at 44.1kHz (variable) patched 1 ??? 1 mono gain, varispeed, splice, slide, size, etc. non-volatile buffer Discontinued 530
Modcan CV Record
2012

10 HP
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audio buffer two mono or one stereo 400hz to 44.1kHz at unknown bitdepth 4 seconds at 44.1kHz (variable) patched 2 ??? 1 stereo or 2 mono speed (not 1v/o), start, end non-volatile backup (manual) Yes 440
  • DC-coupled and designed for CV not audio, so no anti-aliasing filter
  • third channel for recording and playing a parallel gate stream
Mordax GXN
2018

20 HP
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granular stereo ??? patched 1 ??? 1 stereo ??? TBD;microSD No 600
ProductTypeRecordingMax record lengthClocked recordingSimultaneous samples (playback)Triggered LatencyOutputsCV supportstorage/file formatShippingApprox. Price (USD)Additional Notes
Mungo s0 Sample/Slicer
2015

12 HP
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virtual tape, file player 16-bit mono up to 20 seconds (variable) patched 1 looper, 1 triggered sample 0.02 millisecond 1 mono pitch volatile buffer; FAT16 microSD, 16-bit WAV up to 500,000 samples Yes 750
  • DC coupled (can record/play CV)
  • looping sustain
Mungo g0
2012

12 HP
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granular 16-bit mono 5 seconds at 16-bit 100kHz (variable) patched 1 0.02 millisecond 1 mono pitch, depth, width volatile buffer; FAT16 microSD, 16-bit WAV up to 500,000 samples Yes 499
Mutable Instruments Clouds
2014

18 HP
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granular 16-bit 32kHz stereo or mono; 8-bit 16kHz stereo or mono 1 second, 2 seconds, 4 seconds or 8 seconds, respectively patched 1 (up to 30-40 grains) ??? 1 stereo pitch and various granular synthesis parameters (varies depending on selected algorithm) 4 non-volatile backup slots (manual) Discontinued 360
  • real time granular processor that can freeze (and store and recall) its (short) buffer for use like a sampler
  • alternate modes (algorithms) and alternate firmware
  • NOTE: numerous miniaturized 8hp “uClouds” clones are on the market
Noise Reap ISD Sampler
2017

10 HP
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audio buffer lo-fi mono 9+ seconds (variable) patched 1 ??? 1 mono speed non-volatile buffer Yes 120
  • bandpass-filtered around human vocal frequencies
ProductTypeRecordingMax record lengthClocked recordingSimultaneous samples (playback)Triggered LatencyOutputsCV supportstorage/file formatShippingApprox. Price (USD)Additional Notes
Orthogonal Devices ER-301 Sound Computer
2016

30 HP
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file player, granular 16-bit mono or stereo (up to six simultaneous mono tracks), external or internal (bounce); cv recording (for internal use only) hours clocked/quantized (many options) it’s complicated 8 milliseconds at 48kHz, 5 milliseconds at 96kHz, 4 milliseconds with experimental “low latency” firmware 4 assignable mono or stereo 16 multi-assignable (extensive software parameter destinations) ???; microSD Yes 890
  • generalized audio processing computer with many functions, including sampling
Percussa SSP
2017

60 HP
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file player, granular 32-bit 48/96/192kHz (up to 16 channels or more) hours no it’s complicated ~5 milliseconds 8 assignable mono or stereo 16 multi-assignable (extensive software parameter destinations) ???; USB flash drive Yes 2000
  • multipurpose music computer (sampling one of many functions)
  • DC coupled (can record/play CV)
  • USB I/O
Pulse Synthesizers Load Runner
2019

25 HP
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granular 16-bit 44.1kHz mono 90 seconds ??? 1 ??? 1 mono pitch, start, length, granular density, granular range ???; USB flash drive Yes 480
Qu-bit Nebulae 2
2018

20 HP
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granular 24-bit 48kHz stereo 5 minutes patched 1 ~45 milliseconds 1 stereo file, pitch, freeze, start, size, granular density, granular blend, granular overlap non-volatile buffers; FAT32 USB flash drive, 48kHz WAV/AIFF/FLAC Yes 430
  • alternate firmware
ProductTypeRecordingMax record lengthClocked recordingSimultaneous samples (playback)Triggered LatencyOutputsCV supportstorage/file formatShippingApprox. Price (USD)Additional Notes
Rossum Electro-Music Assimil8or
2017

28 HP
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file player 24-bit variable rate stereo up to 192kHz ~38 minutes patched 8 0.1-0.18 milliseconds 8 assignable mono or stereo, plus stereo mix 24 multi-assignable (pitch, level, phase modulation, bit depth, pan, scrub, sample start/length offsets, and many more) partial non-volatile state; FAT32 microSD, 8-bit/16-bit/24-bit/32-bit WAV files of any sample rate Yes 900
  • DC coupled (can record/play CV)
  • eight-channel multi-timbral operation
  • phase modulation
SDS Digital Reflex LiveLoop
2016

16 HP
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looper, virtual tape 16-bit variable rate 1.5kHz–48kHz ~3 minutes at 44.1kHz to 93.2 minutes at LFO rates (variable) clocked/quantized 1 well under 1 millisecond 1 stereo pitch, slice, EQ band level, start, end, length, position, granule size, granule rate/direction, stutter mode volatile buffer (8 slot non-volatile storage with add-on PCB) Yes 350
  • EQ feature
  • automatic peak slicing
  • slice sequencing
  • foot switch support
  • feedback send/return
  • flash board expansion PCB adds 8 slots of non-volatile memory for module state and TRS MIDI
Strymon Magneto
2018

28 HP
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looper, virtual tape stereo 15 seconds to 2 minutes (variable) patched 1 ??? 1 stereo pitch, direction, “tape pause” volatile buffer Yes 600
  • this is really a tape delay simulator with a looper and pitch-able “phrase sampler” grafted on
  • four virtual playback heads to play with
Whimsical Raps MANNEQUINS W/
2018

2 HP
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virtual tape, looper mono hours patched or through Teletype??? 1 ??? 1 mono um… yes? non-volatile buffer Yes 250
  • unique

Sample Players (no recording/capture)

ProductTypeSimultaneous samples (playback)Triggered LatencyOutputsCV supportstorage/file formatShippingApprox. Price (USD)Additional Notes
2hp Play
2018

2 HP
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file player 1 “extremely low” 1 mono file, pitch volatile buffers; FAT32 microSD, 16-bit 44.1kHz mono WAV, up to 32 files per card Yes 150
  • ships with sample content
ADDAC 111
2013

16 HP
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file player 1 ??? 1 mono file, pitch, start, length volatile buffers; FAT16 microSD, 16-bit 22.05kHz mono, 72 files per card Yes 500
  • built in VCA, envelope follower
  • expander enables gate sequencing of eight sample files
Bastl GrandPa
2015

5 HP
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file player, granular 1 “some” (anecdotal) 1 mono 1 assignable (pitch, crush, grain size, attack, release, start, end, etc.) volatile buffers; microSD, 12-bit 22.05kHz mono WAV, up to 35 samples per card Yes 185
  • expander available that significantly expands CV support
Erica Synths Pico Drums
2016

3 HP
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file player 2 1-5 milliseconds 1 mono 1 assignable (pitch, decay, file, volume) non-volatile state; side-load, 12-bit 44kHz mono WAV Yes 135
  • swapping samples requires USB programmer adapter (sold separately) and computer web browser
  • includes sample content
ProductTypeSimultaneous samples (playback)Triggered LatencyOutputsCV supportstorage/file formatShippingApprox. Price (USD)Additional Notes
Futureretro Transient Plus
2018

12 HP
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file player 1 ??? 1 mono 2 assignable (pitch, distortion, filtration, various kinds of audio modulations, etc.) non-volatile state; FAT16 microSD, up to 600 files of max 16MB total Yes 250
  • really a sample-based percussion module, but you can swap out the samples
  • includes sample content
Ladik D-333
2015

4 HP
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file player 1 ??? 1 mono file, pitch replaceable EEPROM chip Yes 80
  • not designed for frequently changing the sample content
Music Thing Radio Music
2015

4 HP
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file player 1 9+ milliseconds (depends on sd card) 1 mono file select FAT16 or FAT32 microSD, 16-bit 44.1kHz mono, up to 16 banks of up to 75 samples Yes 115
  • designed to play long clips directly of microSD
Qu-bit Wave
2016

28 HP
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file player 4 ??? 4 mono pitch, file microSD, 16-bit 44kHz mono WAV, up to four banks of 16 samples each Discontinued? 480
  • includes sample content
ProductTypeSimultaneous samples (playback)Triggered LatencyOutputsCV supportstorage/file formatShippingApprox. Price (USD)Additional Notes
Tesseract Modular Nutella Tsunami
2018

16 HP
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file player 32 mono or 18 stereo 8 milliseconds 8 mono or 4 stereo a few assignable trigger-based parameters (see manual) microSD, 16-bit 44kHz mono or stereo, up to 32 banks of 128 sounds each Yes 250
  • MIDI DIN
  • DIY
Tiptop Audio ONE
2017

4 HP
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file player 1 ~0.25 milliseconds (depending on mode) 1 mono 1 assignable (pitch or file) FATFS microSD, 16-bit or 24-bit WAV up to 96kHz (up to 256 files, length limited only by FATFS) Yes 175
  • DC coupled (can play CV)
  • supports gated playback and looping
vpme.de Quad Drum Voice
2019

22 HP
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file player 4 ??? 2 mono or 1 stereo 4 assignable (pitch, decay, file) FAT32 microSD 16-bit 44.1kHz or 48kHz WAV, up to 1024 samples organized in sets No TBD
  • internal EQ and mix controls
  • also drum synth and wavetable engines
  • includes sample content
XOR Electronics Nerdseq
2016

32 HP
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file player 4 ??? 2 mono 4 assignable (???) microSD, 8-bit or 16-bit mono or stereo WAV/RAW, twelve assignable sample slots, up to 200kB total Yes 680
  • this is really a Eurorack sequencer that happens to have built-in sample playback features

Other modules of interest

These don’t really fit in the above comparison, but are probably worth being aware of.

Non-modular alternatives

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