Sampleson’s Sandstorm plugin could be a cheat code for creating epic, evolving soundscapes

You could spend a lot of time, money and effort on creating cinematic evolving soundscapes… or you could just buy Sandstorm, a simple plugin designed for generating these Hollywood-esque atmospheres in seconds.

Sandstorm’s secret sauce is its ability to stack up to 17 sound sources, including orchestral instruments, analogue synths and both granular and wavetable modules. Want to introduce a bit of wind noise? There’s a layer for that.

Parameters can be assigned to mouse macro control, enabling you to tweak your sounds to taste simply by dragging the mouse over the GUI.

If you want the ultimate in convenience you can use the supplied presets, and it’s also possible to build up your own textures from scratch.

Although Sandstorm has obvious appeal for beginners, Sampleson suggests that it could also be useful for pros who want to sketch out quick ideas without setting up a massive multitrack DAW project. It could also be used for playing live ambient sounds.

Available for PC and Mac in VST/AU formats, Sandstorm is available now for the introductory price of $39. The regular price will be $59.

Find out more on the Sampleson website.

Sampleson Sandstorm

(Image credit: Sampleson)
Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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