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Old 09-02-2014, 12:55 AM   #1
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Making music from samples?

Why would one do this and how do you do it?

You must have to ahev a huge music collection and good skills to put 3-4 samples together to make some brand new tune.

I came across this.

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Really interesting I was only young when it was out I never knew the song made up from other peoples songs lol..And various kind of artists also.

Apparently a lot of prodigy music is made from samples.

I guess one would listen to a lot of music often and then get idea or does one go about finding old albums and try to find potential samples then edit them and glue together?

Then once sample is found you try to find more samples to go with it.

On the one hand seems easier than creating original work but still actually a difficult process to combine variosu samples into one tune as seen in smack my B*** up example.

Anyone here do sample based music?

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Old 09-02-2014, 01:33 AM   #2
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Re: Making music from samples?

I do lots of sample based music. But not just pure samples all the way. Usually I combine samples with original material. That's an easy way to go about it. Usually drum breaks and whatnot. I also sample my own material for reuse in other pieces but changed / manipulated in some way.

I love taking multitrack stems from someone else's track and making a new one out of what they provided. There are many many ways to incorporate samples into your own work. With the capibilities of modern daws you can turn a sample of a cat shitting into a beautiful piece of art. Best thing to do is just throw a few on the grid and dig in.

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Old 09-02-2014, 02:22 AM   #3
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Re: Making music from samples?

you never heard of a site called who sampled who
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Old 09-02-2014, 03:59 AM   #4
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Re: Making music from samples?

A fun way to play with samples.

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I love using samples. I like to think of them as audible legos. Finding the ways they fit together, seeing what you can build out of them. Even things I make myself I treat as samples.
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:49 AM   #5
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I do lots of sample based music. But not just pure samples all the way. Usually I combine samples with original material. That's an easy way to go about it. Usually drum breaks and whatnot. I also sample my own material for reuse in other pieces but changed / manipulated in some way.

I love taking multitrack stems from someone else's track and making a new one out of what they provided. There are many many ways to incorporate samples into your own work. With the capibilities of modern daws you can turn a sample of a cat shitting into a beautiful piece of art. Best thing to do is just throw a few on the grid and dig in.
But whats your proccess?

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1. Hear a cool part of a song and decide youll smaple it.

2. Look for other samples similar sounding to go with it?


So you either listen to lots of music from many eras/genres by choice

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You intentionally listen to lots of music even music you wouldnt listen to by choice to find samples?



Whats your thinking when trying to combine samples? And u have to edit tempo of samples etc to fit together?


Do you look for vocal, instrumental or drum samples etc...
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Old 09-02-2014, 01:33 PM   #6
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A fun way to play with samples.

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I love using samples. I like to think of them as audible legos. Finding the ways they fit together, seeing what you can build out of them. Even things I make myself I treat as samples.
Although I was really attracted to it I never got the hang of this app. Just can't seem to slip out of the randomness factor.

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you never heard of a site called who sampled who
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Think of sampling like sound collaging rather than just stealing and for a lot of people it suddenly takes on a different level of artistic merit.


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Old 09-02-2014, 04:09 PM   #8
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Even things I make myself I treat as samples.
I like this idea...makes making tracks easier...think of each section you made as a small sample loop and copy paste where necessary..all your music is made from small 'samples' you created yourself lol
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I like this idea...makes making tracks easier...think of each section you made as a small sample loop and copy paste where necessary..all your music is made from small 'samples' you created yourself lol
Some people do more than that and render everything to audio and literally use it as samples.

He's my collage interpretation of how sampling is more commonly used these days.

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Some people do more than that and render everything to audio and literally use it as samples.
mmm another good idea that
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Old 09-02-2014, 06:06 PM   #11
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Re: Making music from samples?

There are many types of sampling and I believe you and I are talking about different kinds...

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But whats your proccess?

1. Hear a cool part of a song and decide youll smaple it.
No I don't ever hear a cool part of a song and decide I want to sample it. I have sampled drums before but generally I don't make mash-up type tracks ala Madeon or even like that Prodigy example you posted.

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2. Look for other samples similar sounding to go with it?
If I was to use two or more melodic samples I'd probably alter the way they sound, cut them up, then resequence them. I find this more conducive to the type of music I make.

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So you either listen to lots of music from many eras/genres by choice

OR

You intentionally listen to lots of music even music you wouldnt listen to by choice to find samples?
I intentionally listen to lots of different types of music from all eras / genres, yes, but not for sampling purposes. As I said in my original post I sample my own materia mostl for use in the same track or other tracks as well.

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Whats your thinking when trying to combine samples? And u have to edit tempo of samples etc to fit together?
Tempo doesn't really matter because I'm going to resequence the sample anyway. Again, different type of sampling than the mix / match type sample based compositions I believe you are asking about.

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Do you look for vocal, instrumental or drum samples etc...
Yes I use all of these type of samples. Vocal samples I collect myself as opposes to pulling something from an old film, news broadcast etc. Instrument samples yes pretty much everyone uses those. Drums? Every break under the sun has practically already been sampled and put somewhere for use. I use layering / chopping / glitching to make the drums my own.

The method of sampling I mentioned earlier that involves sampling my own work is called resampling. I find it to be the most valuable form of sampling I know and use it in every track I make.

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Old 09-02-2014, 06:14 PM   #12
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Although I was really attracted to it I never got the hang of this app. Just can't seem to slip out of the randomness factor.
I like the randomness of it. Gives a quick way to cut up a sound and hear it ways you might not otherwise think of.
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Greatest sample based album has to be Endtroducing by DJ Shadow.
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Old 10-02-2014, 03:07 AM   #14
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Re: Making music from samples?

My first way of making electronic music was the late 90s, had an Emu ESI32 sequenced by and old Boss drum machine. Grabbing samples off records or whatever was the only way I could make music. And I was so psyched when I bumped up the internal memory to 8 megs!
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Old 10-02-2014, 03:50 AM   #15
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Are you completely fucking incapable of critical thinking?

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but when u make the song you cut the sample up then put it to normal music like??? how whjy what who where when??? i know how to do it but exsplain it simple. [bluesy guitar lick] that souns too much like john mayer start over
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Re: Making music from samples?

I've asked myself the same thing pretty much. I very rarely sample stuff, mainly because I have no idea where to go and look, and I don't listen to that much music to be honest.

I mean for my tracks I always want, for example, a certain drum beat which I have in mind. I've never seen the point in looking for/listening to samples, and then having to cut them up to get as close as possible to the drum beat I have in mind. I always create the single drum parts (from various sources) and place them on the piano roll just how I want them.

I guess it's just different workflow, or maybe I've got it wrong.

I do "sample" recordings of voices, environments etc. It's the rhythmic/melodic parts which I never find myself sampling (except for the single parts, ie snares, hats etc.)

edit: i'm starting to see a pattern here...
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What pattern is that?
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What pattern is that?
jaymsay making an ambiguous thread, me relating, you and others not getting the point etc.
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Why does there have to be a point and how do you make it?







I'm waiting on an answer. EDIT: I'll stop now. Getting a headache. Granted this thread isn't as bad as the others, also.

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