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3. Flip­ping sam­ples us­ing Able­ton’s Sim­pler

Computer Music - - Make Music Now / Old-School Sampling -

1 ‘Flip­ping’ sam­ples is a clas­sic hip-hop tech­nique that works just as well in other gen­res, too. For a per­fect ex­am­ple, check out how Gang Starr’s DJ Premier flipped jazz gui­tarist Vic Juris’s Hori­zon

Drive for the MassAp­peal beat. The source of the sam­ple went undis­cov­ered for years be­fore some­one fig­ured it out.

2 Slic­ing sam­ples used to be a la­bo­ri­ous process but most DAWs nowa­days will have a sam­pler plugin that in­cludes some kind of auto-slice func­tion. In Able­ton Live, we’ll be us­ing Sim­pler. Drop an au­dio file onto the de­vice, then hit Slice and you’ll be able to see how it au­to­mat­i­cally slices by tran­sients.

3 We can now play the sam­ple slices back us­ing a MIDI key­board or pro­gram them in the pi­ano roll. We’ve cre­ated a new clip and pro­grammed a fresh melody us­ing the same sounds from our sam­ple. Spend some time ex­per­i­ment­ing here un­til you find some­thing that works.

4 Sim­pler won’t al­ways get the slices ab­so­lutely spot on. You can go back to the de­vice if nec­es­sary and ad­just the slice po­si­tions man­u­ally by drag­ging the po­si­tion mark­ers left and right un­til it sounds just right, with­out chop­ping off the tran­sient at the be­gin­ning of each note.

5 The clas­sic ver­sion of this tech­nique was usu­ally cre­ated with an Akai MPC or E-MU SP-1200. For a sim­i­larly retro sound, use a vin­tage sam­pler plugin or bitcrusher. Here we’re try­ing D16 Decimort 2 set to a pre­set that chan­nels the 12-bit vibes of the Akai MPC60.

6 We’re go­ing for a slightly more mod­ern sound, though, so we’ll ditch Decimort and use some other pro­cess­ing in­stead. A gen­tle com­pres­sor smooths some of the jar­ring dy­nam­ics we’ve in­tro­duced, and a very sub­tle re­verb helps to glue the sound back to­gether.

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