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So you’ve just got a new sample pack and you’re looking to do some interesting stuff with them. Here are 10 suggestions to help you make the most out of your samples…
1. Stutter – Cut up your samples into tiny little pieces and place them next to each other. Try it with a snare, cutting a 1/32 long slice and repeating it to create a brand new, glitchy, stuttery snare!
2. Filter - Try an extreme high pass above 3khz on a clicky kick drum to turn it into a hi hat, or a band pass on a snare to create some really unusual mid-range electro-percussion! Filtering opens up a massive range of new sounds.
3. Drastically EQ - Emphasizing usually less prominent frequencies can change the focus of a sample so it sounds entirely different.
4. Cut – Cut a sample short to make it tighter, cut out little sections to give a more interesting, stutter-like effect or even cut out quiet parts of the sample, normalize them and use them as entirely new percussive samples!
5. Distort - Pretty self explanatory, you can seriously change a sample’s tone with some distortion. It can make it hit harder whilst still maintaining the characteristics of the sound if you’re careful with how much you apply!
6. Layer – Put samples on top of each other to create new ones, really useful for making massive snares.
7. Compress – Make samples much punchier with compression, or add heavy multi band compression to make them feel bigger and give them a completely different tone!
8. Reverse - Not just for build ups; reversed samples, when cut short, can make for some interesting percussion!
9. Pitch Change - Turn your hi hat into a bass drum or your bass drum into a multi-sampled synth! (You can make a great Venga Boys style synth with a hardcore Gabba kick drum pitch shifted!)
10. Slow/Speed up – Get some massive, heavy explosive sounds by slowing a kick drum, or some really sharp Jungley snares from speeding up slower, Hip-Hoppier ones!