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…
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.