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    Akai MPC Basics

    An Introduction To The MPC

    Hit the ground running with our guide to Akai's celebrated Music Production Centre.

    Techniques Aug 2020
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    What Sampling The Acoustic Guitar Taught Us

    Recording A Sample Library

    Recording a library of acoustic guitar samples highlighted the importance of repeatability, blind testing, small lasers and double‑sided sticky tape.

    Techniques May 2018
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    Sampling in Logic Pro X

    Apple Logic Tips & Techniques

    Logic Pro X sports extensive sampling tools. Here’s how to use them effectively.

    Techniques Feb 2017
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    Sample Your Gear With Acustica Audio Nebula

    Nebula Tips & Techniques

    There are some stunningly good Libraries for Acustica Audio's Nebula dynamic convolution plug-in, but you can also create your own. We invited one of the best Nebula developers to tell you how.

    Techniques Jun 2014
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    Q. Should I buy a hardware sampler?

    Prices for former top-of-the-line hardware samplers are ridiculously cheap these days. Emu...

    Sound Advice Nov 2013
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    Q. Why use upsampling within plug-ins?

    If high sample rates make no discernible difference when recording (which is effectively what Dan Lavry's much-quoted white...

    Sound Advice Nov 2012
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    Synth Preservation Society | Media

    Sampling Vintage Synthesizers

    These audio files accompany the Sampling Vintage Synths article that featured in SOS July 2011.

    Sound Advice Jul 2011
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    Synth Preservation Society

    Sampling Vintage Synthesizers

    Vintage synths are perfect for sampling, and modern multisampling software makes the process easy and creatively rewarding. We show you how it’s done in our in‑depth guide.

    Techniques Jul 2011
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    Sampling

    Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques

    Reason's flexible routing makes scintillating sampling simple...

    Techniques Apr 2011
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    Sampling Instrument Korg

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Reason's sampling instrument Kong.

    Techniques Mar 2011
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    Creating A Step Sequencer | How To Create Scripts In NI Kontakt, Part 4

    Primer

    In the final part of this short series, we investigate a more advanced use of scripting to create a simple step sequencer. • Read Part 1 • Read Part 2 • Read Part 3

    Techniques Oct 2010
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    Sampling Patches | How To Create Scripts In NI Kontakt, Part 2

    Primer

    Building on last months introduction to the basics of scripting in Native Instruments Kontakt soft sampler, we explain how to make your scripted functions adjustable via a simple user interface.

    Techniques Aug 2010
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    Sample Clearance

    The SOS Guide To Copyright Law On Sampling

    Using someone else's recording in your music without permission can lead to disaster. We explain the ins and outs of copyright law, and guide you through the process of clearing your samples.

    Sound Advice Mar 2008
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    House Music

    Rediscover Your Sampling Mojo

    If you're stuck in a creative rut with sample libraries, why not look for inspiration in your own home?

    Techniques Oct 2007
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    Q. How do I backup my Akai 3200XL library?

    I've been thinking about using the DAT backup/restore function to back up my Akai 3200XL sample library...

    Sound Advice Aug 2006
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    The Lost Art Of Sampling: Part 7

    Part 7 of 7

    We bring our series on rediscovering the the art of sampling to a close, with a look into the future.

    Techniques Feb 2006
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    The Lost Art Of Sampling: Part 6

    Layering & Multitimbrality

    We continue exploring what your sampler's synth engine can do to liven up bland self-sampled sounds, and explain the concepts of layering and multitimbrality.

    Techniques Jan 2006
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    The Lost Art Of Sampling: Part 5

    Sampler Synth Engines

    Nearly all modern samplers have powerful synth engines concealed inside them — and sometimes they're so well hidden that their users are unaware of their existence. But then why would you want a synth in your sampler? Let's find out...

    Techniques Dec 2005
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    The Lost Art Of Sampling: Part 4

    Part 4: Looping & Time-stretching

    If you want to artificially extend your instrument samples, or make entire backing tracks from one rhythmic snippet, you'll need to know about looping and time-stretching. And then there's keygrouping... We explain these fundamental sampling processes, and more.

    Techniques Nov 2005
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    The Lost Art Of Sampling: Part 3

    Making Samples

    Having introduced the concept of looping, velocity switching, and multisampling, it's time to actually make some samples. We give you a few hard-won tips that can make your life easier on the way.

    Techniques Oct 2005
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    The Lost Art Of Sampling: Part 2

    Multisampling, Looping & Velocity Switching

    As we saw last month, sampling is really just a form of digital recording, but to use short recordings to emulate real instruments, you soon need to understand new concepts like multisampling, looping, and velocity switching. We explain all...

    Techniques Sep 2005

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