Sunday, April 24, 2011

Lesson 4 - Sampling

Group 1's Project


Using the Tascam digital recorder,


  1. Record six sounds from anywhere around SOMA

  2. Three of the sounds are for use as percussion, and three for use as "instruments"

  3. Use the USB connection to copy the recorded sounds onto the computer's D: drive

Group 2's Project


Using the links below


  1. Find six sounds (samples)

  2. Three of the sounds are for use as percussion, and three for use as "instruments"

  3. Save the WAV or MP3 files onto the computer's D: drive

Sampling


Using Ableton Live's Impulse (drum machine)


  1. Insert MIDI track and select Impulse

  2. Drag and drop samples to the "drum pads"

  3. Sequence (record) a track

Using Ableton Live's Simpler (sampler / sample player)


  1. Insert MIDI track and select Simpler

  2. Drag and drop a sample into Simpler

  3. Sequence (record) a track

  4. Repeat this for the other samples


Manipulate the Samples


Using Simpler


  1. Change the tuning or root note

  2. Make it loop and change loop points

  3. Change the envelope (Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release)

  4. Change the filter (Cutoff, Resonance)

  5. Add an LFO

By dragging the sample onto the timeline


  1. Change volume

  2. Change tuning

  3. Reverse the direction

  4. Consolidate, then drag back into the project


Tips on using samples effectively


  1. Think outside the box - use unusual sounds, or use common sounds in an uncommon way

  2. Modify the samples

  3. Avoid infringing copyright

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