Sampling technique - a thread overview and some advice

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Zukatoku - Mod Scientist
So, after getting a few questions about sampling technique via PM, I decided to do a search of the forum to see what was out there on Sampling Technique, to understand why I was being asked questions.

Sadly, there are only two threads worthy of mention, one from 2003 and one from 2011. everything else was about large scale usage stuff, not how to do it but how to use it once done.

My basic advice about sampling and looping is as follows:
Smooth and consistent looping without glitches or flutter
  1. Identify your loop points - start and end
  2. When you do this you need to make sure that both are at a zero crossing point or you will get a glitch as the playback jumps from the end point to the start point amplitude point
  3. Make sure that your start is once the tone has entered it's steady state i.e. the attack and transients of the note starting have finished.
  4. Ensure that you have sufficient sample space that sustains to actually loop a sustain section
  5. Once these criteria are met, you should have hassle free looping.

The threads that have appeared using the words sampling and technique are as follows
Lost Profit had the most of it going down
Its only a sampling trick if it fools you.
Once you work it out, its not so much a trick as it is a technique.
Off the top of my head:
  • 'Low End Theory' aka low pass filtering
  • Separating a stereo mix and sampling only the left or right channel
  • Sampling the centre or 'mid-side' of a stereo mix, if you know how
  • Tapping your turntable when sampling to make a 'kick' sound
  • Sampling at 45 RPM plus tuning then slowing down in the sampler
  • Sampling in reverse then reverting to normal in the sampler

Xabiton has made a video explaining how to do this, in Maschine, but the techniques work in any daw

Watch the video and browse the resulting discussion
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sometimes when im making kickdrums i like to copy paste the section just after the attack on the kick a few times then fade it out after. its a handy technique for extending kicks or if youd just like a little bit more tail in it. also sometimes i use it to remove any unwanted sounds like an offbeat hat
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