Sampling makes you a better listener, and better listeners make better music.
Great sounds in isolation don’t always work in the mix or in a track. Picking things apart deconstructs and demystifies the puzzle.
Would you be more efficient and faster if you create or pick sounds with the mix in mind?
Sampling helps with this. It’s not just your ears either. Typically you can see the waveform when using or editing samples, so you learn what a great sound looks like. Really helpful.
What’s a transient? Look at a bunch, and you’ll figure it out. Move and place them on the grid. You’ll hear and associate what’s what almost immediately.
Do you need to make all your sounds? No.
Do you need to make any? Probably.
Don’t be a purist. You don’t have to do everything. Dave Van Ronk says purists become dentists! **Read his book–amazing!**
You’re probably your own band. Great purchased samples are cooperative collaborators. Make it easy. Easy isn’t lazy. It’s efficient. (Try F9 Audio. Great sample pack here.)
What if this all sped up the writing process? Would your tracks be better quicker because these sounds work in finished tracks?
Better tracks = better music. Learn sampling.
Played a super-cool brunch set yesterday @ Culinary Dropout here in Austin. Vibes was right, and I played what I planned to play, which is always ire. Here’s the playlist! -jd
*sorry about the table format
|E=MC2||Gaudi Meets The Rebel Dread|
|A Few Hours After This||The Cure|
|Sixteen Tons of Dub||O.B.F|
|Pass The Dutchie||Musical Youth|
|Push The Limits||L’Entourloop ft Biga-Ranx|
|Natty Dread (LP Version)||Bob Marley|
|Sunflower||Post Malone & Swae Lee|
|T’ain’t What You Do (It’s the Way That You Do It)||Fun Boy Three|
|Fonk Monk (feat. Soom T & N’Zeng)||L’Entourloop|
|Buggin’ Out||A Tribe Called Quest|
|Excursions||A Tribe Called Quest|
|Shout (US Remix)||Tears For Fears|
|I Follow You||Melody’s Echo Chamber|
|Take Me Out||Franz Ferdinand|
|Could You Be Loved (12” Mix)||Bob Marley & The Wailers|
|Set Adrift on Memory Bliss||PM Dawn|
|Breathe Deeper (Lil Yachty Remix)||Tame Impala & Lil Yachty|
|Where Angels Fear to Tread||Disclosure|
|Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)||Kate Bush|
|Musique Non Stop (2009 – Remaster)||Kraftwerk|
|Work for Love||Ministry|
|Ogou (Pran Ka Mwen) (Edit)||Joseph Ray & Lakou Mizik|
|Instant Crush||Daft Punk Feat. Julian Casablancas|
|I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)||Daryl Hall & John Oates & NIKOLAAS|
|Me Myself And I||De La Soul|
|Almost (Vince Clarke Remix)||Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark|
|CONSTANT Pt.1 Pt.2 (feat. Slick Rick)||Black Eyed Peas|
|A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays”||De La Soul Featuring Q-Tip & Vinia Mojica|
|Right On Track||Breakfast Club|
|Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)||Elton John & Dua Lipa|
|Electric Avenue||Eddy Grant|
|Bizarre Love Triangle||New Order|
|Wrapped Around Your Finger||Post Malone|
|The Girl Is Mine (feat. Destiny’s Child & Brandy)||99 Souls (feat. Destiny’s Child & Brandy)|
|Chameleon (feat. Kira Divine)||PNAU|
|Dreams (Gigamesh Remix)||Fleetwood Mac|
|Save It for Later||The English Beat|
|Love My Way||The Psychedelic Furs|
|Love Plus One||Haircut 100|