Sampling is a core fundamental of making electronic music in any genre – whether that’s through the use of drum samples for beats, multi-sampled or wavetable synths, weird granular glitches or sliced-up vocal hooks. Having access to a great stock of unique sounds is key for carving out your identity as a producer.
What better way to do that than to build your own library of bespoke sounds by creating your own sample packs? That’s the focus of our latest cover feature – offering up tips to help you record and curate your own sample libraries, with a few essential tips from top producers along the way.
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Carl Cox – The club veteran reveals all of the gear that refreshed his energy for music making amid the global pandemic
Cosey Fanni Tutti – The Throbbing Gristle legend on channelling Delia Derbyshire for her new soundtrack
Sudan Archives – The rising singer, songwriter, violinist and producer on the multitude of ways she reworked her instrument for her stunning new LP
Classic Album – Max Tundra the influential producer breaks down his bonkers, hyperpop-influencing classic Mastered By Guy at The Exchange
Produce Like… Dr Meaker – Can the Bristol-based drum & bass producer create a track using just a single synth? (Spoiler: yes he can!)
Create your own sample packs – Capture, process and curate your own bespoke library of sounds
Producer’s Guide – Mix and master better with the suite of tools in iZotope’s ever-growing Neutron
Akai MPC Key 61
PreSonus Eris E5 BT
Focusrite Vocaster One
sE Electronics DynaCaster
Teenage Engineering OP-1 vs Teenage Engineering OP-1 Field
Percussion Grooves – We get funky and bring the grooves with all the tools at our disposal, from analogue drum synths to tambourines and cowbells.
Wave Synthesis – For this pack, we delve into the epic, textural and atmospheric capabilities of wavetable and wavesequencing synthesis.
Access the FM sample archive: Download the ‘Archive’ packs and get over 18GB of loops, hits and instruments from our back catalogue of high-quality and royalty-free samples. From vintage synths and drum machines to esoteric instruments and FX – think of it as our best of. All the samples you need to create great music!