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Creative Sampling

Most sampling enthusiasts usually sample a beat, audio piece or riff when they sample. Your sampler is so much more than that, and offers a wealth of tools that you rarely even knew existed, as they are kept so quiet, away from the ‘in your face’ tools.

This tutorial aims to open your eyes to what you can actually achieve with a sampler, and how to utilise what you sample.

This final tutorial is the real fun finale. I will be nudging you to sample everything you can and try to show you what you can then do to the sample to make it usable in your music.

Sampling Methods

I find that the most common hurdles that beginners face is that of understanding how to use their samplers, how to hook all the devices up to each other, and how to then manage the samples. The best way of tackling these sub topics is to give you some pointers and guides, and from there, you should be able to perform the task of sampling in a coherent and ordered fashion.

Sampling Tools

This month’s tutorial is going to concentrate on the basic and general tools available for the sampling process and will not focus on the more detailed or esoteric tools that are adopted to further hone the sample.

So, let’s start right at the input stage of the sampler or sound card.

We have already covered the topic of attaining a clean and hot signal. Now, we need to cover the tools available to actually sample a sound, and the tools available after you have sampled a sound.

Preparing to Sample

Preparation and Process

Last month we touched on the digital process.

This moth we are going to talk about the preparation, the signal path, dos and don’ts and what some of the terminology means.

Chopping and Slicing/Splicing Samples

Chopping Samples - Creative Splicing  

What is a Splice?

A splice is a segment or part of a sample that has been ‘cut’ from the whole sample. A good example would be that of a drum loop: The user will take the drum loop and open it up in an audio editor or specific splicing software like Recycle, Garage Band, Phatmatik etc and then cut the loop into smaller segments. These segments, called splices, are then used to create a new drum loop or pattern.

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