July 8, 2013

Make Your Own Sample Sets

Sampling is one of those art forms that often does not receive the credit it deserves.  Sampling, like the name suggests, derives itself from taking bits and parts from other bits of music rather than creating them from scratch.  By taking a part of an existing song, each element will contain multiple elements that are much more complex than a single note from a keyboard or instrument.  These days, sampling is very clever and the original sample can be worked into songs in ways that are completely different from the original.  On a basic level, DJs have been sampling since the birth of turntablism.

Taking a loop of a few bars from a song and repeating them over and over again is as basic as the idea of sampling can get.  Before we could record samples and play them back using a computer system, the only real way to sample in this method was to create virtual loops and recordings as states in the example above.  Today, nice free editing program is all that you may really require to sample.  With this, you can record live audio from source like a record, or even chop up a digital file to take the parts that are desired.