Ableton has released Sampler, an advanced sound-design and sound-sculpting instrument available as an upgrade within Ableton Live 6.

"Sampler is a powerful sound design tool that takes advantage of all that Live 6 has to offer," said Ableton CEO and co-founder Gerhard Behles. "More importantly, Sampler's interface is familiar to the Live user, which results in a painless learning curve and maximum fun inside the program."

Each Sampler can host any number of sample zones. Key and velocity ranges as well as crossfades can be defined using a graphical editor. Playback and looping options can also be set up for each zone. Sampler helps with mapping and also helps find appropriate loop points.

The software integrates with Live and has a similar user interface to that application. Sampler costs €169.