Sampling Yes, Yes's
Getting on the productive, collaborative side of things, why don't we discuss some good sampling tips? Let's all act like True Headz and pitch in, here, I'll start:
- You found a good sample off a 1960's record. Back then, studios were real big on the new thing called "Stereo" and most recordings had dramatically panned instuments. Sample what you've found twice. The first sample off the left output and the second off the right output. Truncate the samples, then split the two samples on two different channels on your mixer, pan them hard Left and hard Right. Add a reverb effect to only one of them and make the other one softer in volume, giving your track very nice headroom.
For those of you that got the mpc:
To get the chopped effect without editing the samples down. In the parameter section of the mp, scroll down to right corner, to either poly/mono.
Press open window
From this screen you can assign a cut to each of the pads. Ex: Pad A16 when pressed will automatically cut off pad A13. By assigning these cutting off points you can play shit and have them overlap without sounding jumbled because each pad will turn off (if so desired) the pad played before it.
Sample a kick, put it on two different pads. On the secound pad lower it by a fifth and filter. Make the unfiltered kick play the filtered and your kicks are now meaty and real sounding. This helped me out alot with the quality of the drums.
Lets see how you guys like this...
1 sample something special
2 increase pitch of sample an octave or two
3 instead of using a resampling function, lay a sequenced version or versions of the sample onto tape (I use a tascam 644)
4 add reverb or effect of choice (I like long sustained reverbs for this process)
5 Sample your sequences, chop, and slow back down to normal tempo creating an unatural "slow moving" reverb.
Yeah-yeah, also a lotta times the keys are on one side and the guitar is on the other. Put the sample on one track and filter it all the way down to the bass, and put the keys on another (filter the bass out), and the guitar on another (minus the bass). Now you got three parts to work with instead of just one. Ahh yeah. We love the sound of an extra rumbling filtered bass, that old Black Moon type shit....