The art of MOD­ERN SAM­PLING

Mod­ern sam­pling tools are more pow­er­ful than ever. With so much power, there are al­most lim­it­less ways you can ma­nip­u­late sound. Let’s look at some tricks…

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Sam­pling is noth­ing new; mu­si­cians have been splic­ing and ma­nip­u­lat­ing au­dio for well over 50 years now. It was with the rise of af­ford­able sam­plers in the ’80s and ’90s, how­ever, that sam­pling moved from be­ing an ex­per­i­men­tal tech­nique to a sta­ple el­e­ment of Dance mu­sic, Pop and Hip-Hop.

Sam­plers have come on a long way since then, how­ever. Whereas early sam­ple-based gen­res were de­fined by the lim­i­ta­tions of the hard­ware – from short sam­pling mem­o­ries to low record­ing qual­ity – mod­ern sam­pling tools of­fer near end­less flex­i­bil­ity. From in­stru­ments cre­ated from vast sam­ple li­braries to com­plex sam­ple-based syn­the­siz­ers, your base sounds can take you al­most any­where. There are, how­ever, still plenty of things to be learned from the old-school, cre­ative ap­proach of those bare-bones sam­ple masters.

So how do we marry the com­plex­ity of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy to the cre­ativ­ity of old-school sam­pling? That’s what we’ll look at here. We’ve picked our favourite sam­pling tools from some of to­day’s key DAWs, plug-ins and in­stru­ments, which we’ll use to ex­plore work­flow tips and cre­ative tech­niques to help you get the most out of your sam­ple li­brary.

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