As anyone who has paid attention to mainstream hip hop will know, sampling is getting more and more obscure.

Big-shot producers have taken instruments from the east, west, north, south and occasionally what sounds like the depths of space to create their tracks.   So I figured it would be helpful to see some of the more obscure instruments you could sample!

Here are 10 interesting instruments to sample for your next production to really stand out!

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Google is surprisingly thin on the ground when it comes to finding some happy hardcore samples, so I’m here to point you in the right direction for beefing out your hardcore beats with these kicks, claps and snares I found that are ideal for a bit o’ Happy Hardcore…

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I’ve recently been inspired to take a look into the Dubstep genre, and as such began a hunt for finding some awesome dubstep samples! Here’s what I found…

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Some people insist that metal is heavier than electronica. Here is the genre to show them to prove them wrong. Gabber (also known as Gabba or hardcore), literally translated, means “buddy” or “friend” – which has pretty much nothing to do with the style. Unless your friend is a bass drum so distorted and overdriven and generally mangled that it has obtained a musical tone. In which case say hi to him for me…

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There are a million people in the world trying to make brilliant quality music, but only a few of them seem to be able to transform those tinny synth presets into immense, powerful soundscapes. I have just figured out how, so it’s time to blow off the lid on this secret…

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That’s right, the release of the Garritan Personal Orchestra Reason Refill means you can finally have those professional quality orchestral samples in your Reason rack.

By latching on to the NN-XT sampler rack, it gives you easy, familiar access to all the great samples in an environment that can not only give you great sequencing tools for orchestral music, but this means a much simpler integration with other genres, for instance, electronica and hip hop!

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