Sampling Week on MusicRadar

We celebrate the past, present and future of digital audio dicing

A smorgasbord of sampling content awaits you...

It's hard to believe that, in the space of most of our lifetimes, a completely unknown new musical technology has gone from science fiction to utter ubiquity, via novelty and controversy. Indeed, even those of us old enough to have experienced a time before digital sampling mostly struggle to remember it.

The term 'sampling' originally referred to the act of converting real-world analogue waveforms into 'sampled' digital snapshots of sonic moments, which could be stored, manipulated and played back. Nowadays, almost all the music we hear - whether on TV, radio, the internet or CDs - is already in digital format. The only exceptions are music on tape or vinyl, though if those tapes or vinyl are playing music recorded in the last 20 years, you can bet they've gone through a digital process at some point.

In short, sampling is now truly ubiquitous, and in MusicRadar's special week of content, we're celebrating the technology, techniques and characters who have helped to make it so. We'll be updating this page with new content as it's published, so keep checking back to ensure that you don't miss a thing.

Sampling Week

10 classic sample libraries that changed music

Basic warping in Ableton Live

10 old-school sampling tricks that still sound great today

Re-edit a warped track in Ableton Live

The 16 best software samplers in the world today

VHS Head's top 3 sampling tips

8 dumb things you need to stop doing when you're sampling

How to create DIY acapellas in Ableton Live

How to warp acapellas in Ableton Live

Sultan + Shepard's top sampling tips

The 10 best and worst sampled tunes ever!

20 hardware samplers that changed music production forever

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How to turn a vocal sample into a lush, complex pad

How to blend samples with synthesis

How to clean up and enhance a sampled breakbeat

How to sculpt sounds using a sampler

A brief history of sampling

The top 10 most unlikely sample sources

11 seriously useful sampling tips

8 ways to get more out of your samples