Justice’s DANCE is a masterclass in what the duo call ‘microsampling’ – taking tiny fragments of records and stitching them to create a multifaceted sound collage
1 To get going, you’ll need lots of source material. It’s easiest if you start by figuring out what kind of melody and sound you’re aiming for. Here we’ve created a bassline using Ableton’s Analog synth to get an idea of the notes we need.
2 Next, bring in some sampled sound sources and start trying to match up notes and sounds that work together. Because this is an unusual technique, use whatever sampler you feel comfortable with. We’ve gone with Ableton Live’s Drum Rack because it makes it so easy to work with different sound sources.
3 You could chop and edit your samples in your favourite audio editor or slice them in the DAW – whichever you prefer. You may need to fine tune the pitch of some samples in order to get them spot on, but once you have them all in place you can try your original MIDI clip and see how it sounds.