I wanted to do a little sampler shootout between Akai s950, Akai s3200XL, and E-MU Ultra E5000 to see how different they’d sound.
What I did was I sampled a break into them first at the original pitch. Then it was transposed by +7 semitones in Ableton Live (no warping) and transposed back by -7 in the sampler, and in the last version that was transposed by -12 in the sampler.
I am proud to present to you my first sample pack(which hit top-selling spot #5 on Bandcamp quickly after its release).
It’s a compilation of 50 sounds: bass, breaks, and pads.
(NOTE: they’re .flac files if you want full quality from Bandcamp. You can convert FLAC into WAV pretty easily. However, if you want a .wav version, contact me via email@example.com and I’ll sort you with a .zip with .wav files)
All of the bass sounds I have created myself using plug-in synths, Moog Minitaur, and Arturia Microbrute analog synths. Some of them have been driven thru a Soundcraft desk, sampled into an E-MU E5000 Ultra sampler, treated using analog emulation plugins, or sometimes a combo of them.
All of the breaks were processed and sourced by yours truly. There’s a BPM at the end of the flename to indicate tempo.
The main focus being in breaks and bass, I wanted to throw in a few pad sounds, too, which I hope are useful. All of them I created myself.
Every once in a while, I get asked a few quick and/or important general tips for making music. I’ve been making music for a little over two decades, and made a few tunes every now and then, so maybe that’s why. Or, at least that’s an indication that I manage to finish my feeble efforts.
I’m planning to update this blog a bit more often with production-related material (there already is some), and this time I wanted to get busy with some of the basics.
I started keeping a notepad so that I’d write a blog post on the “useful tips for beginners” topic, and this is it. It’s definitely more of a general one than a technique-specific one.
I’m definitely not a “master” of making music, but these topics are something I can look back on and say at least I’ve learned something valuable regarding them and all of this is based on experience.
This one’s for Ableton heads…
I did a video that demonstrates how you can do dynamic EQing in Ableton Live 9 using Envelope Follower (part of Max4Live) to cut a specific area of sub off of the bassline every time the kick hits instead of compressing the whole signal as in regular sidechaining.