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A User's Guide to Sample CDs

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Sound On Sound, Mar 1990

Not all sampler owners have access to every instrument they might wish to sample, hence the appearance of Sample CDs containing all manner of digitally recorded sounds. But how useful are they? Are they value for money? Keyboardist Dave Stewart recently spent many hours sorting the wheat from the chaff. Here are his findings.

A Vocal Chord - Part 1

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Music Technology, May 1988

As you've probably already got your sampler playing drums, horns and strings, getting it to sing to you may sound deceptively easy. Tom McLaughlin explains there may be more to sampling the human voice than you'd heard.

A Vocal Chord - Part 2

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Music Technology, Jun 1988

In the second part of his piece on sampling the human voice, Tom McLaughlin discusses making up vocal multisamples and how to solve the problems you can expect to encounter.

Alternative Strings

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Music Technology, Apr 1988

Stuck for a good string sound or one you haven't used a hundred times before? Tom McLaughlin explains how an old guitar, a violin bow and a little ingenuity can work wonders.

Art of Glass

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Music Technology, Oct 1988

If you're short of a new source of samples you could do worse than to turn to the glass (not the bottle). Tom McLaughlin explains how a wine glass can provide a wide variety of unusual tone colours.

Bass, How Low Can You Go?

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Music Technology, Jul 1988

It may be at the bottom of the mix, but it's often the heart of the song: the bass. Tom McLaughlin offers some sound advice on sampling the electric bass guitar.

Bring the Noise

Feature | Topic: Microphones, Recording, Sampling | Music Technology, Feb 1989

If you intend to make samples of acoustic instruments or events, you're going to need a microphone - but which one? David Bradwell checks the various types and their uses.

Copycat Crimes

Feature | Topic: Copyright, Sampling | Music Technology, Sep 1988

Sampling and the law: where do you stand when you plug your record deck or CD player into your sampler? David Bradwell investigates the legal position and the attitudes of the music industry.

Copyrights & Wrongs - Part 2

Feature | Topic: Copyright, Sampling | Music Technology, Nov 1992

Ignore them at your peril!

Creative Vocal Sampling

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Sound On Sound, May 1988
Using Samplers for Vocals

With a creative mind and a decent digital sampler you can work wonders for your music. Brian Howarth provides a sampling strategy for constructing and manipulating vocal arrangements.

Criminal Record? - Part 1

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Music Technology, Mar 1992
Sample CDs

First they were sampling off other peoples' records, now they're selling records to sample off. Tim Goodyer listens while Simon Harris, Pascal Gabriel, Norman Cook, Ed Stratton and Coldcut put the case for sampling CDs.

Dumping Grounds - Part 1

Feature | Topic: MIDI, Sampling | Music Technology, Apr 1987

The start of another series, in which Chris Meyer reveals just how useful the new MIDI Sample Dump Standard can be in everyday applications.

Dumping Grounds - Part 2

Feature | Topic: MIDI, Sampling | Music Technology, Jun 1987

The industrious Chris Meyer again, with the latest news on MIDI Sample Dump Standard. What exactly is the value of transferring a sample from one machine to another?

Every Little Bit

Feature | Topic: Digital Audio, Sampling | Music Technology, Nov 1987

Sound quality has long been a grey area in the world of sampling. Chris Meyer finds out it takes more than "bits" to make a sampler sound good.

Fix it in the Mix

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Sound On Sound, Jul 1987
With A Sampling Keyboard

Sampling keyboards offer far more creative scope for sound manipulation than most people give them credit for and they can be a real life-saver during studio mixdowns. Craig Anderton reveals some modern day production tips that will allow you to put your sampler to good use.

Hear You 'Lator

Feature | Topic: Sampling | One Two Testing, Dec 1983
Sampling The Emulator

Share reality with Culture Club producer Steve Levine, the Attractions' Steve Nieve, and keyboard whizz Dave Stewart.

Hey, Mr Tambourine Man

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming, Sampling | Music Technology, Jun 1991

Such a simple thing, a tambourine line, yet it's one of the lines drum machines can't handle. The Sample Workshop's Tom McLaughlin explains how to make convincing samples.

I Want Your Samples

Feature | Topic: MIDI, Sampling | Electronics & Music Maker, Aug 1986

As sound-sampling becomes accepted as a technique, what will musicians do with their machines after the novelty has worn off? Chris Meyer takes a sideways look.

Inside Views: Fairlight

Feature | Topic: Design, Development & Manufacture, Sampling | Sound On Sound, May 1987

Continuing our series that looks at hi-tech companies and design personnel working in the field of music and recording technology, Paul Gilby talks sampling with Kim Ryrie, President of Fairlight Instruments of Australia.

Layering Sound - Part 4

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Sound On Sound, Mar 1986
Multi-sampling & Overdubbing

Keyboard programmer Paul Wiffen draws to a close his popular series on the merits of sampling techniques with a close look at two means of extending your sample playback range.

Making the Most of your Akai S1000 Sampler - Part 1

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Sound On Sound, May 1989

Recently voted 'Best Sampler' by SOS readers, Akai's S1000 has quickly established itself as the industry standard 16-bit machine. So who better to reveal the innermost secrets of the instrument than the creator of the new SWM and Workstation sample disks, Akai product specialist Steve Howell. This month he kicks off the series with an explanation of how to take your own samples.

Making the Most of your Akai S1000 Sampler - Part 3

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Sound On Sound, Jul 1989
Multiple Loops & Timestretch

In this final part of the series, Akai product specialist Steve Howell explores sample editing using multiple loops, and the S1000’s new timestretch feature.

Making the Most of your Akai S1000 Sampler - Part 2

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Sound On Sound, Jun 1989
Sample Editing & Manipulation

PART 2: Akai product specialist Steve Howell passes on more useful tips to help you make the most of your new S1000 sampler.

Making the most of your Mirage - Part 4

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Sound On Sound, Jan 1987

Tony Hastings brings his enjoyable series of hints and tips to a close with a look at the Mirage's final four MASOS functions.

Making The Most Of Your Mirage - Part 1

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Sound On Sound, Oct 1986

Tony Hastings begins a new series of valuable hints and tips aimed at helping owners of Ensoniq Mirage samplers get the best from their instruments.

 

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