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« on: April 09, 2013, 03:50:56 AM »
I have been producing music since I was 14, which would make it 8 years now, and I have learned over the years that you can never have too many sample packs. Free ones, paid ones - all genres, no matter what genre you produce. I usually search the web for free samples, or if a particularly well-known producer has released a sample pack for purchase, then I will buy that. The last one that I bought was Deadmau5' sample pack, which was a little disappointing, but it's still got some good sounds in it.

How do you go about acquiring samples? Do you sample off of other tracks, pay for your samples, or search the web for free ones?

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Re: Samples
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2013, 04:53:43 PM »
Hey Dreek. I've got too many samples in my collection to even navigate through. Through the years I've accumulated a lot of them from free downloads and searching music production forums etc, a lot have been purchased, and now I'm attempting to make my own. I haven't quite got sound design down yet - but it's been a pretty interesting process learning how all the sounds I've been using for so long came to be what they are and trying to make new ones.

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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2013, 08:31:03 AM »
Hey 2infamouz. I actually have thousands of samples that I have made myself, but I am reluctant to sell them or create a purchasable sample pack, because I don't want anybody else to have the unique sounds that I have lol. My music is very distinct, especially my house/dance beats. I think that if you heard one of my tracks and then heard another song, then you might know that it was by me. I had such a rough time with sound design at first, but I find that just opening up a VST and messing around with different sound waves, learning to tweak their attacks, delays, the LFO's - it's all just experimentation. Just sitting down and playing around with VST's, without the intention of even making anything has lead me to creating some of my best and favorite songs. I find that you just have to have fun with it, and you will learn lots of tips and tricks along the way :D

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Re: Samples
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2013, 09:48:42 AM »
It's vital and important to have as many samples as possible. You never know when your big break might come. Especially if you live in a major music city like L.A. or New York.

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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2013, 06:21:44 AM »
It's vital and important to have as many samples as possible. You never know when your big break might come. Especially if you live in a major music city like L.A. or New York.

I agree with this. Once you make it to mainstream level, you need to be able to produce tracks on sort of a deadline so that fans do not get  disinterested in you as an artist, and when you do put new stuff out there, you need to make sure that it has great hooks and that it is captivating for your old fans and captivating enough to grab new fans too. A wide and varied arsenal of samples and VST plugins will provide you with a basis for that goal.

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Re: Samples
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2013, 07:47:06 PM »
Can you guys lemme know what websites you get your samples and drum kits from? I don't have much besides the stock instruments and some stuff I've found on the net...

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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2013, 01:27:50 AM »
Can you guys lemme know what websites you get your samples and drum kits from? I don't have much besides the stock instruments and some stuff I've found on the net...

I'm sorry but I don't have specific site that I will go to. I will just type free samples - or a specific VST that I'm looking for - into Google search engine, and then I will just kind of browse the search engine results from there, and find stuff. That is my main method for samples.

For known sample packs, or VSt's, that I want but am not willing or don't have enough money to pay for, I will go to a site called "Teh Paradox". It's great for movies, games music, music software, but you just have to go to the right section, so you wouldn't go to the movie section of the site for music samples.

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Re: Samples
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2013, 06:28:29 PM »
Can you guys lemme know what websites you get your samples and drum kits from? I don't have much besides the stock instruments and some stuff I've found on the net...

There are drum kits and sounds everywhere online. If you check any of the larger music production forums they normally have a thread just for  posting sources for downloading drums and samples, etc. I'd like to get a thread like that started on here too, but I want to do a little more research on liability of download links on a forum and stuff like that just to avoid any legal issues with copyright infringement. If you shoot me a PM with an email you'd like me to send samples to I'll hook you up with all kinds of sounds that I've collected throughout the years. I've got 600 GB's of sounds on one of my HDD's, and that's not all of them lol.

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Re: Samples
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2013, 06:41:01 PM »
Can you guys lemme know what websites you get your samples and drum kits from? I don't have much besides the stock instruments and some stuff I've found on the net...

There are drum kits and sounds everywhere online. If you check any of the larger music production forums they normally have a thread just for  posting sources for downloading drums and samples, etc. I'd like to get a thread like that started on here too, but I want to do a little more research on liability of download links on a forum and stuff like that just to avoid any legal issues with copyright infringement. If you shoot me a PM with an email you'd like me to send samples to I'll hook you up with all kinds of sounds that I've collected throughout the years. I've got 600 GB's of sounds on one of my HDD's, and that's not all of them lol.

I thought I had a huge collection with 40 gb's of downloaded drum samples...600 GBS  :o That's insane
   

Re: Samples
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2013, 09:10:38 AM »
I've used and found  a lot of good samples on http://www.logic-cafe.com/ . Especially the Linn Drum samples. They work really nicely and have used them in projects before.

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Re: Samples
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2013, 06:45:04 PM »
I've used and found  a lot of good samples on http://www.logic-cafe.com/ . Especially the Linn Drum samples. They work really nicely and have used them in projects before.


Thanks for the link. It looks like these are specifically for Logic Pro, but I'm sure I can convert them over to a diff DAW. Can't ever have too many sounds in the arsenal!
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Re: Samples
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2013, 09:41:02 AM »
Oh, sorry, I was going to state that they were for Logic. But I had no idea you could convert them, i'm gonna look into that.

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Re: Samples
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2013, 11:08:22 PM »
What I like to do is visit Whosampled.com

It's a database of sampled songs...

For me it filters out the time spent coming past tracks that don't have much opportunity or space for any good chopping

You can go youtube surfing for an hour and not find anything decent, but if you have a good ear and are creative you can take a track from Whosampled that has ripe and ready portions and appropriate it into something else.

It helps to just be a fan of music though, listen to all genres, you never know what you may be able to turn into something else.

I wouldn't even rely on samples too heavy though, because once you get to a certain level you'll be significantly chopping into your earning potential being sample dependent.

Re: Samples
« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2013, 04:21:48 AM »
My friend used to use a lot of samples in their music, too much really. When they started making music without the samples, it sounded a lot better and more real. Nothing against samples though, they're great starting points too!

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« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2013, 02:26:46 PM »
I need more places for samples too