If you are looking for an inexpensive way to
get a software sampler and don't have the budget for more high-end
samplers I recomend you check it out DirectWave VSTi.
This sampler was previously only available to FL Studio users and is now available as a VST so you can use it with any windows-based VST host (diagram below show it running in Ableton Live).
One of my favorite things about DirectWave is the user interface for creating splits and layers. It's very intuitive and fast. Simply drag and drop samples to instantly create instrument zone(s) which appear as boxes. Then drag the boxes to create splits and layers.
Another favorite feature is "select preset" (click diagram to see a larger view). When you click "select preset", the Preset Selector allows you to
directly access samples and sounds on the Samplefusion Website. The manual explains it this way.
Opening the Preset Selector will show a
browser menu where you can double-click sample names to download them. There are
several colors used to indicate the availability of content
DirectWave allows you to import DWP (proprietary), WAV (any), SF2 (Soundfont), AKP (Akai), Propellerheads Recycle, Native Instruments Battery, Kontakt *(nki), GIGA *(gig) & eMagic EXS24.
Detailed specs an a free demo can be found at this link http://www.image-line.com/documents/directwave.html. You can also purchase the instrument at this link for $99.00. The VST version is a free download if you already own DirectWave as part of FL Studio.