About Chicken Systems

Who we are, what we do, and what the heck...

Over 25 years ago, we wanted to start a sample company that would come down and meet the needs of the public. Being consumers ourselves, we were disappointed with the quality of products we got, frustrated with the high prices, and amazed with the lack of service. If we had technical problems, or just questions about our equipment, it would take several calls just to get a reply.

So... we did something about it! We started Rubber Chicken Software Co. in 1988 and started making samples and supporting Ensoniq products - and we still do 25 years later. In the mid 1990's, we started creating innovative computer software, and in 1998 we released Translator™, the pioneer in instrument conversion technology.

We are dedicated to serving you, the professional sampler owner, with all aspects of your musical operation - whether it be film composing, session work, professional gigging, or a simple or modest home studio. Interested in using your computer in your musical setup? Need a sample? - we'll provide it or tell you where to find it. Want to do something on your sampler but don't know how? - we'll tell you how. Need products fast? - we'll process your order and ship it the fastest way possible upon request. Sure, we're in the business of selling something to you, but if you're not satisfied, it defeats the whole purpose of our operation.

We have the qualifications, experience, and knowledge to help you out with any sort of sampler problem.

Our partnership with SamplerZone.com enables web site can process your order quickly and efficiently. No more waiting for that important purchase! For your convenience, SamplerZone.com accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover, as well as other methods of payment.


Who We Are

Garth Hjelte
Our founder, he has been involved in supporting samplers since the mid-1980's. Lead programmer and handles phone suppport.

Jeff Godbloch
Our Electronic Customer Support representative, programmer, and head of product documentation.

Roger Weingarten
Graphics programmer and product documentation assistant.

Cheryl Ann Mays
Administrative assistant and handles SamplerZone.com, all sales, and shipping.

What We Do

Software Development

We develop software for professional sampler musical instruments, software and hardware. We support high-end and popular sofware such as Native Instruments Kontakt, Apple's EXS24, and Digidesign's Structure. We support modern workstations such as the Yamaha Motif and Roland Fantom-G. We support boutique super-high-end sampler behemoths such as Syclavier, Fiarlight, and Waveframe. Lastly, we support older hardware samplers, such as Akai, Emu, Roland, Ensoniq, and Kurzweil - not just reading but also writing.

Conversion Engine Licensing

Our time-tested (over 14 years) sampler disk/file format handling technology is available for licensing. Some of our more visible clients include Native Instruments, Creative Labs, Emu, FLStudio (Image-Line), Nine Volt Audio, Garritan, A.I.R. (Structure and Digidesign) and many more.

If you are interested in licensing our technology, please contact Garth Hjelte at garth AT chickensys.com

Sound Design & Consulting

Since 1987 Chicken Systems (as it's dba Rubber Chicken Software Co.) created many libraries for the Ensoniq EPS, 16-Plus, ASR-10, and ASR-X. Two packed CD's were eventually produced, and RCS also bought and distribute 5 other CD's, one of note is "The Demos" by Pelle Piano from Sweden.

Chicken Systems also has helped sound library developers such as Garritan, Dan Dean, Numerical Sounds, Sonic Reality, Nine Volt Audio, ArtVista, EastWest, and many others.

Chicken Systems also helps many film composers and famous artists/bands, such as John Powell and the band Rush.

If you are a developer, artist, composer, or musician and could use our assistance, please contact Garth Hjelte at garth AT chickensys.com

Customer Support

We are addicted as much to supporting our products and services as we are creating them. Since 1988 - 25 years years worth - we field as much as 100 queries daily. No matter what we create or produce, you can always talk to the "person in charge" at anytime. Call us, email us, chat with us, visit with us. We're here!

Our Mission

We offer high-quality software and hardware to support professional music samplers, from the earliest made to the most modern.