Sunday, August 13, 2023



What is Animation Station 2.0?


Sample Logic is proud to deliver an entirely original sequencing engine specifically engineered for masterful MIDI manipulation – ANIMATION STATION 2.0 – the next step in assisted music creation. With its intelligent “Step Animator” engine, creating powerful MIDI arpeggiation patterns and step sequences has never been easier. Play single notes, or chords and let ANIMATION STATION 2.0 take your virtual instruments on a creative ride. Play, edit, and even export the MIDI sequences to use outside of the plugin. ANIMATION STATION 2.0 is the world’s most advanced and flexible arpeggiator…

Whether you need a quick and easy way to create memorable melodies, or you just want to glitch the night away, ANIMATION STATION 2.0 is for you. With tight deadlines and demanding clients, dialing in a perfect pattern quickly can be a life-saver and this rapidly robust plugin makes that happen! Take your favorite virtual instrument, synth, drum machine, sample library, or even vintage hardware, then add ANIMATION STATION 2.0 as a MIDI effect – you’ll hear the incredible transformations instantly. This plugin is designed to generate limitless musical phrases with minimal effort. Simply play a few notes and cycle through the presets to find your perfect motion. ANIMATION STATION 2.0 is an intuitive and dynamic one-stop solution for creating awesome arpeggio patterns with a little stutter and glitch on the side. The included presets offer a world with limitless possibilities, from simple standard arps to extreme experimental patterns and everything in between. For songwriting inspiration, try the melodic and chordal sequences, or drum machine style patterns for kicking your beats up a notch, or even glitchy stutters that would previously have taken forever to create using standard MIDI programming.

What’s New in 2.0?

ABCD patterns: now it is possible to switch between 4 patterns. There is right-click menu for copying, pasting and reseting patterns. There are 4 key switches that can be attached. When host plays, plugin switches patterns at the first beat of the next bar.

Updated preset management to support ABCD presets as well as original 1-pattern presets. When a 1-pattern preset is picked, it is loaded into the currently active slot only; presets with several active patterns load into all slots and inactive slots are rewritten with default patterns. It is also possible to load a single pattern from any preset into the currently active slot by picking ABCD buttons at the right side of the preset name.

Global settings (gate, velocity sensitivity, swing) exposed as plugin parameters which enables users to modulate them.

Modulation system has been reworked with 2 modes: mod wheel does not edit sequence directly; instead, it is applied as modulation to stored values and visualized as semi-transparent fills on top of velocity/duration bars. Absolute mode ignores current values); Relative mode takes current step values as a mid-point.

Transpose sliders are reworked. Now there are 2 edit modes: octave and chromatic. Modes can be switched in the right-click menu under slider presets, or with a left click on the transpose slider then holding shift key while sliding up/down.

Extended stutter rates: added triplets.

Reworked Latch filter to support notes compound. When new note is played, latch filter activates to 200ms timeframe to let other notes of a potentially played chord to be latched as well. Then latch filter closes and resets currently latched notes when new notes or a chord is played.

Minor bug fixes and stability improvements.

Included new 250 preset expansion pack “Breaking Borders” by Ben Aylon added.

Animation Station In Depth


As its name implies, ANIMATION STATION 2.0 is your secret tool for creating active motion with any MIDI-enabled virtual, or real world instrument. Despite the intricacies of the scripting under the hood, Sample Logic has designed a straightforward approach to conjure innovative magic without layers of complexity. This isn’t just your run-of-the-mill arpeggiator – No siree! This plugin has numerous customizable functions and performance parameters that come together to create a sequencer without borders. Set the length and attributes of each step independently, or select from hundreds of unique animation presets. These can all be independently randomized, generating new patterns on the fly. Shuffle the steps, or grab a single step and move it around within the sequence. In addition to the real-time performance engine, ANIMATION STATION 2.0 is designed with MIDI drag and drop technology. Export MIDI from an active instance of the plugin and apply it to other instrument tracks in a DAW for further tweaking.


Go beyond motion with an encyclopedic suite of factory presets nestled into an easy to access browsing system. Step animation presets abound, primed and ready for use in any DAW instrument, all utilizing unique arp sequences. Each of the presets are diverse in style and scope. Your creative energy is precious and we want you to make the most of it! With that in mind, the presets provide genuinely useful jumping-off points for your own animation adventures. Not only do you have over 450 main browser presets, but also hundreds more dedicated to the individual parameters of the plugin. This means that choosing an inspiring Arp type, Velocity rhythm, Transpose pattern, or other sequence is just a couple of clicks away.


ANIMATION STATION 2.0 delivers a boundless canvas for construction with an infinite world of motion with its powerful built-in randomization engine and functions. These randomization settings can “auto-magically” bring patterns and rhythms to life in an infinite number of ways. With these features, you can remix fragments of presets to forge together original sequences that have never been heard before. All with just a couple of button presses. Feeling lucky? Roll the dice to randomize everything. Want some control? Isolate specific attributes of a preset that you want to target for laser-focussed, yet random perfection.

Technical Specifications

ANIMATION STATION 2.0 includes 750+ arpeggiated /sequence patterns and presets (includes 250 preset expansion pack).

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Mac OS X 10.11, i5, M1, 4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended)
Windows 7, 8, 10, Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU, 4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended)
50 MB free disk space for application

COMPATIBILITY (Mac 64-bit only; Windows 32/64-bit) VST
Audio Unit (AU)
Loads as virtual instrument plugin or MIDI effect plugin depending on DAW.

*Minimum Supported DAW versions, subject to change! 
Ableton Live 10
BitWig 3
Cubase 11
Digital Performer 10
FL Studio 20
Pro Tools 11
Logic Pro 10
MixCraft 9
Reaper 6
Studio One 5
Waveform 11


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