Intro to sampling -- Anyone use them regularly in your writing process?

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Intro to sampling -- Anyone use them regularly in your writing process?

Post by stevejamsecono » Sun Feb 14, 2021 3:22 pm

Hey Gang,

On the verge of grabbing a PO-33 or a 404 after my recent love affair with turn of the 90s Hip Hop and wanted to see what the forum-wide experience with samplers and sampling was. Anyone use 'em? What do you use and how?

My initial idea is breaking up my general "acoustic guitar + singing = song" writing process and also trying to pick up some found-sound/collaging technique to give my productions a bit more depth and layer of interest. Seems like it could get interesting and either of these devices should get me there in a pretty low-cost way.
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Post by Singlebladepickup » Sun Feb 14, 2021 4:52 pm

I had an MPC Live, which I sold only because I want to eventually get an MPC One. I liked sampling old music and bits of old documentaries and making sound collages. I also liked being able to sample and turn a drum beat into an entire playable kit. I've heard the 404 is very cool, I'd probably skip the pocket operator for Volca Sample v2 or Electron Model Samples

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Post by Ceylon » Tue Feb 16, 2021 4:42 am

I don't know if you've listened to Soul Coughing at all - they seem to be kinda divisive on here - but they do that kind of thing where they include a lot of samples into an otherwise pretty jazz-heavy band.

I got an MPC Touch to start doing that exact thing but the project never took off. It might still I suppose.
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Post by stevejamsecono » Tue Feb 16, 2021 7:24 am

Ceylon wrote:
Tue Feb 16, 2021 4:42 am
I don't know if you've listened to Soul Coughing at all - they seem to be kinda divisive on here - but they do that kind of thing where they include a lot of samples into an otherwise pretty jazz-heavy band.

I got an MPC Touch to start doing that exact thing but the project never took off. It might still I suppose.
I'll check 'em out! Admittedly I'm curious to explore music that uses outside of hip hop even though that's the thing that got me going on it. I actually ended up ordering a 404sx this morning, so HERE we go...
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Post by charmonder » Tue Feb 16, 2021 8:31 am

sample your drummer into your demos they like that!!!

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Post by MayTheFuzzBeWithYou » Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:18 am

From 2008-2011 after my first band split up we continued making music together - the bassist had (and still has) a MPC 3000 and I had a MPD, a Midi Keyboard and Reason/Recycle/Cubase.

We sampled old Vinyl and CDs/Mp3s as well as field recordings (I was able to capture the heaviest summer thunderstorm there was in that year) as well as our own guitar and bass playing. I loved finding new ways of arranging (and pitching) the guitars.
It was Hip Hop/Trip Hop and a little Dub.

Sadly I couldn‘t install reason on my „new“ Laptop when the PC quit its service. And besides some sessions with his MPC I didn‘t use samples anymore. Also I sold/traded my midi-instruments equipment some years ago.

With my other bands I haven‘t used any samples (yet) - maybe for my solo-surf project - once I make it! 😜

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Post by stevejamsecono » Sat Apr 10, 2021 5:42 am

Just a quick update on this --

Ended up hucking my 404 after a month because I found the interface completely unfriendly. On a lark I ended up downloading a cheap app called Koala Sampler and found it infinitely more to my taste. I was sampling stuff around the house with my phone mic and composing little beats in minutes. Highly recommended!
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