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Old 2002-09-13, 17:20
brent11 brent11 is offline
 
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any input on sampling vinyl and music creation methods?

What I'm interested in is making some tracks similar to the style of DJ Shadow, DJ Krush, Amon Tobin, etc.

So, to get to the point, I was wondering if anyone had any insight into what methods these guys use to create their music. From what I can gather, here's how they do it:

1. Get loads of old vinyl (and maybe sample CD's).
2. hook up turntable's digital output to computer/sampler.
3. Sample "snippets" of audio from vinyl that they find interesting into an audio editor and tweak as needed.
4. Load the samples into sampler (software or hardware).
5. Sequence the samples in a program such as Cubase/Logic/Reason, whatever.
6. Let simmer on medium heat until an original track boils to the surface.

Okay, am I pretty much on the right path here? I'm guessing these guys aren't going out and sampling whole instruments and tons of notes from pianos, violins, trumpets, etc.; painstakingly creating their own multi-sample patches and then playing each note on their MIDI keyboards like basement Beethovens. Basically, they're just arranging and tweaking snippets of audio from old vinyl in a sequencer, without actually playing every single note in the song on a keyboard, correct?

This would give someone like me hope, seeing as I can't read music, play piano, or have perfect ear for key and pitch, etc. (But... I do think I can arrange tracks pretty well, have an ear for what sounds sound good together, and can scrape together a decent song sometimes.)

I know a lot of folks use Acid (I'm on Mac) to make this style of music, but I'd like to get a bit more advanced than pre-packaged loops and find my own sounds from vinyl, plus throw in some Subtractor and Malstrom bits here and there.

Anyways, just thinking out loud I guess. Any (constructive ) input and dialogue about these musical styles and creation methods would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Brent
 

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