Chameleon is an AUv3 compatible sampler instrument plugin for your favourite DAW.

The program can run as a standalone app in order to record audio samples from the internal microphone or professional audio interface. It also supports incoming Inter-App Audio connections for sampling directly from other iOS applications, however it is primarily intended to be used as an AUv3 Instrument plugin for applications such as Cubasis, AUM, Auria, Meteor, Gargeband etc. The plugin can additionally be loaded as an AUv3 effect in order to record audio passing through it from other AUv3 Instrument sources, which makes it a very versatile and useful tool.

So what is a sampler? A sampler is a device that allows you to imitate other instruments with just a few short audio snippits. Although it comes with a library of presets it also allows you to create your own. You do this by recording multiple audio clips and mapping them to the notes on a MIDI keyboard and Chameleon does the rest using a sophisticated pitch shifting algorithm to fill in the blanks. Recorded samples can either be layered or mapped freely over a 7 octave range and saved as individual presets. Presets are then organised into custom categorised banks which can be exported and shared with others.

Just think, you can sample all your favourite synth sounds and carry them around on your iPhone/iPad without the inconvenience of lugging heavy gear around with you. Sample anything from musical instruments to vocal snippits, drum machines or ambient noises. The possibilities are endless.

Recording is incredible easy. Just create a New Patch and press record. Chameleon will wait for you to play a note before recording begins. Once recorded press the LEARN button and tap the note range on the virtual or MIDI keyboard to map the sample. Repeat this as many times as required, tweak the settings and save your patch. Additionally you can setup loop points with the ability to apply crossfade.

Chameleon also has a quite sophisticated arpeggiator which allows you to create complex mixtures of notes and chords with glide, hold and re-triggering options.

On board reverb, digital delay and chorus effects are available to give your samples a more polished touch. We also include 4 touch pads for quickly dialing in on a sound or for easy effect automation. Configurable touch ADSR and modulation options are available too.

Chameleon can also import audio samples using iOS Files integration or you can make use of Copy / Paste to quickly drop one of more samples into a patch. You can also freely edit samples using the built in tools such as normalise, fade in, fade out, crop, clear options etc.

You can run Cameleon as a standalone app and map external MIDI keyboards (Bluetooth MIDI support also included) and perform audio sampling outside of your DAW. This is provided for convenience since you can't record input when hosted as an AUv3 Instrument plugin. As mentioned earlier you can also load the app as an AUv3 Effect plugin too which allows you to record directly from other AUv3 instruments.

Yes some DAW's have built in samplers which only have the ability to playback libraries provided with the software. Chameleon allows you to built your own libraries of sounds and share them with others. There's a budding rapper in you dying to get out and we have just the tool!


AUv3 Instrument and AUv3 Effect compatible
Runs as a standalone app for sampling purposes.
Supports incoming IAA connections to compatible apps..
ADSR touch envelopes and modulation.
ARP - Sophisticated programmable arpegiator.
Reverb, Chorus and Digital Delay Effects with BPM sync.
Backup and Restore patches and banks.
Create your own user banks.
4 Touch Pads for automation.
16 MIDI Drum Pads
iOS Files App support for import and export.
MIDI, Bluetooth MIDI and virtual keyboard support as a standalone app.
Loop Points and optional Crossfade supported.
Monophonic and Polyphonic modes
Built in Vocoder.

What’s New

Version 1.15

Added a full screen mode which also works in GarageBand.
Added the ability to Import, Export, Backup and Restore when running under a host application.
Added Files App drag and drop of samples to the 'Samples' list box.
Worked on visual optimisations.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Korg Fan ,

Great bare bones sampler for low cpu usage

I have run 14 instances of it on NanoStudio 2 on my iPad Air 2, and I have not heard a single crackle yet. My iPad can only handle up to 10 instances of bs-16i. The only issue I have with it so far is that the vibrato is misleading. It’s actually tremolo. A downsampler or Bit reducer for the waveforms would be nice too. Besides that, keep up the great work!

inormallydontreviewbut ,

Great! Just needs a filter

This is a really great straightforward sampler. It’s reliable in that it saves/recalls patches and works with Audiobus well. I would have given 5 stars if it weren’t missing two things that I view as being crucial to a sampler, even a simplified one. That being, Chameleon is lacking a filter of any kind and there is no tuning of samples within the app. If Limelight would add at least the filter, tuning could be done in a separate audio editing app. I do run Chameleon through the RX950 for a post filter and ADAC simulation which is my work around for now.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the suggestions, I will certainly look into the possibility of adding these to a forthcoming update.

realdawei ,

Really needed this one

finally a basic reliable sampler in Auv3 form. I love the aesthetic as well. Would love to see more drum oriented features like panning / leveling samples and beat repeat in the pads view.

Edit: beat repeat is now in the app. Me loveth.


Limelight Software
238.9 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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