Sourc­ing sam­ples

Computer Music - - Producer Masterclass / Make Music Now -


With a decade of pro­duc­tion ex­pe­ri­ence be­hind them, it’s no sur­prise to learn that Tom and Ian are well equipped in terms of sam­ples and sound­ware. Tom tells us how their sourc­ing of sounds has changed over the years. “We’ve been build­ing up a bank of sam­ples for ten years, so it’s a se­lec­tion of old Loop­mas­ters CDs, and swap­ping your sam­ple bank with other pro­ducer mates, down­load­ing bits and bobs on­line. We’ve recorded some of our own stuff as well: at­mos­pheres we record on our phones… any­thing, re­ally, that we think can work in a track. Nowa­days, we don’t tend to down­load huge sam­ple packs any more. We’ve got a lot any­way, but we now use a web­site called Splice, where you can just go through hun­dreds of packs and pick one or two things. We’ll pull the site up – or pull the plugin up – and just lis­ten through dif­fer­ent drum sam­ples with the track play­ing.”

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