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#1 soulREBEL360

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:00 PM

Do you focus on the drum cadence? The sounds in between? Vocals? Tell me what you look for when you choose that sample!!!

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:10 PM

I tend to slow all my samples down few octaves before I chop them shits up ... and if there's loud drums in it I'll chop it on the second hi-hat on every 4 bars and let them drive the loop. What about you?

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:46 PM

I jus look for dat hot shit u kno? Dat bangin shit that be a lil bit off!!! Naw mean?

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:22 PM

I like to look for a spare, drumless string note or guitar chord....bass hits and whatnot can have a kick in there. But i like to take spare samples and load them up in a keyboard sampler and play that shit like a piano, see what i can cook up like that first, musician style. If i have to use a loop, I'm usually looking for pure percussion....but I'll take melodic loops sometimes if they're NIIIIIIICE nah mean?

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:54 PM

i like to look for the breaks that aren't obvious...it's kinda hard to explain, but i'll know once i hear a part that i wanna use. sometimes it's just a little 1 second drum fill, other times it's a straight four-bar loop with all instruments intact. but generally i like to find a spot in the vicinity of a sample that any producer with a set of ears can hear, but not that exact sample if you know what i mean. i work with a lot of layers, so i'll also find incoherent yelps and ooooo's to throw some Dilla-esque cuts on top of the track...but i like to be challenged, so i don't really look for a particular kind of break on a track. if it speaks to me, i'll use it.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:50 PM

@Grifty,
What's a "spare sample"?


Me,
I look for notes and textures, or timbre I guess.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:08 AM

I just listen to records and chop anything that catches my ear.
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Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:51 AM

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:51 PM

I look for a different sound or a raw melody some sick shit, or I find the shit on accident. Its gotta catch my ear to sample

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 09:59 PM

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:54 PM

I usually try to find samples without any drums in them. Cause then I can chop and move around the individual pieces however I want without worrying about hi hats and snares in the og sample messing it up.

I look for something with that special quality, something unique, something that grabs me.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:00 AM

I just listen to records and chop anything that catches my ear.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:34 AM

I just listen to records and chop anything that catches my ear.


For sure. I haven't really gotten to chopping drums yet. Most of my samples are just straight up vocal cuts or instrumentation - - makes for easier loops

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:06 PM

personally i look for kittens meowing in the background or like horses neighing but most of the time i like the quiet sound of people all over the world passing away throughout an entire record.




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